Wednesday, June 3, 2009

1st Annual 2 Sketches 4 You Ultimate Card Showdown

Have you heard about the Ultimate Card Showdown going on at 2 Sketches 4 You right now? The winner will get over $500 in prizes! Well of course I had to try, so here's my entry:

It seems that when I want a really "artistic" card, I always turn to my Papertrey stamps, and this card was no different. I stamped the branch image from Beyond Basic Borders in Spring Moss, and then added shadows and highlights with Prismacolor colored pencils. I also added some Sakura Stardust glitter pen spread with a waterbrush on the highlight areas, and also on the little blue flower punches.

If you click on this close shot to enlarge, you can see some of the sparkle:

I just LOVE using the Stardust/waterbrush technique for a really pretty, subtle glimmer!

I used 2 patterns (the second print is under the lace) and 2 solids from Basic Grey's Lily Kate collection, and Rustic White cardstock from Papertrey. I added some ruffled lace from my stash with a zigzag stitch, and did a straight stitch around the whole card. And of course I did a lot of distressing around most of the edges of the papers. Here's hoping I make the Top 30!! TFL and I hope you all like it!

Other materials used: Simple Little Things (sentiment), Spring Rain cardstock - Papertrey Ink; tag - Quickutz; Classic Rectangle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; scallop border punch - Stampin' Up!; flower hand punch - Fiskars; half pearls - MimiLolo Etsy store; crochet thread - DMC.


  1. Very nice you did a great job on the sketch.

  2. Very cute card and I really like the stamp and what you did to it :-)

  3. What a lovely delicate card. hugs Shelley

  4. Wonderful work on this card! Love the colouring and the distressed edges of the paper are so complimentary for the overall look. Very cool

  5. Love this card, it's so detailed...hugs, Wendy.

  6. Maureen this is gorgeous. Thanks for giving us a close up of those delicate flowers - your attention to detail is marvelous.
    Thanks for playing
    :) Kazan & Laura

  7. This is so romantic! LOVE that vine and the little flowers.

  8. Soft...sweet...beautiful!! Great work!


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