Monday, January 07, 2008
GinaK release party Sketch Challenge X2
German Phrase of the Day: Er ist sehr hoeflich. = He is very polite. I suppose I could say Sie ist sehr hoeflich (SHE is very polite) but I'm not sure I'd find anyone in my family to match that phrase either! Oh well! ;-)
I did NOT stay up for the release party this weekend. I decided 2am to 5am was a little more than I could handle. Although...with the excitement coming up THIS friday night, I'll probably have to stay up. But...my lips are sealed! ;-)
Even though I didn't stay up for the party, I still managed to get a couple of cards done for the sketch challenges. The first sketch was posted by Carolyn King, who designed that adorable new set Dr. Feelgood. For my card, I used the Make a Wish set and the Punchy Words set. I stamped the cake on my confetti white card (where I had already trimmed 1.25 inches off the front) and colored it with ink pads and my aquapainter. I colored the tray with my G01 copic marker (I only have 4 Copics so far...but I do like the ones I have!) Next, I punched out the 1/2" circles from Blue Bayou cardstock, and adhered them down the side (I actually started in the center so it would be even at each end...I know...I'm a little anal!) Then I added the Soft Sky ribbon.
Now was the hard part. I had to ink up my punchy words stamp with Blue Bayou, then remove the ink from the outer ring, and then add purely pomegranate using just the corner of my ink pad. I really wish we could get markers in the In Colors, ya know?! Anyway, after stamping that and punching it, I mounted it on a purely pomegranate circle, then adhered that with a dimensional. Lastly, I added the stickles and let it dry overnight. Gotta have some sparkle for your birthday, right?! And the stickles give it such a wonderful 3D look.
For the second card, I decided to use the stars from Make A Wish first, then built the card from there. Erika did the sketch for this one, and I LOVED her samples, but didn't have any GinaK sets with small images that would work as well...so I decided a panel filled with stars would be fun. I played with a few different designer papers, and decided on my stella ruby paper that my friend Stephanie (Hi Steph...are you gonna start blogging again?!) sent to me. I like it because it looks a bit like a night sky...perfect for stars, right?
I stamped the first set of stars full on, with the lines going off the edge of the paper. Then, I just inked part of the stamp for each successive stamp using a marker so I would only have one "shooting" star. For the greeting, I used Old Olive, and put Old Olive brads on either side. I sponged all the layers as assembling - and even sponged a little extra So Saffron on top of the stars - then added the little bit of ribbon to set them off a little more. I wasn't so sure about this card at first, but now I'm very happy with it! :-)
Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Make a Wish and Punchy Words by GinaK Designs
CS: So Saffron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Confetti White, Stella Ruby from Basic Gray
Ink: Palette Noir, So Saffron, Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate
Acc: sponge, aquapainter, dimensionals, double stitched soft sky ribbon, gold organdy ribbon, gold cord, stickles, circle punches