Stuck?! Sketches – Another Challenge and More Celebration

The anniversary celebration with the Stuck?! Sketches blog and design team continues with another awesome sketch challenge, this one posted by Laura Whitaker on September 15, 2014. As always it’s a gooder! (That’s a word right?)

Here is the Sept 15-2014 Challenge and Celebration Sketch at Stuck?! Sketches:


Oh I do love multi photo sketches and this one has me inspired to create the background with paints and mists instead of using patterned paper. So off to the races I went and here is what I came up with.



Supplies: Heidi Swapp No Limits Collection; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer (white); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint); Savvy Stamps – Long Chevron; Memory Box Stencil – Mesh; Color Box Fluid Chalk (Yellow Ochre); Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Chartreuse); My Tattered Angels Plain Jane Simply Sheer (Pure Steel); Heidi Swapp Color Shine (White); Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher; Jillibean Soup Mini Alpha Spicy Social Soup; Jillibean Soup Gumbo Green Thin Chip Beanboard Alpha; My Mind’s Eye Record It All Things Chalk Enamel Dots; We R Memory Keepers Enamel Shape (Neutral); Bazzill Basics Paper Textured Cardstock; green baler twine; and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

To create the background I … well … just … played with stuff. Yup that’s it. Pretty technical, eh? Here is a quick overview of my process, and you will see there was no rhyme or reason but I sure like how it turned out.  :)

  1. Selected a muted patterned paper as my background, in this case it was one of the great papers of the Heidi Swapp No Limits Collection;
  2. Distressed the edges of the page using the Stampin Up Distress Tool (which, by the way, is an absolutely amazing tool and a definite go-to-all-the-time-in-my-tool-box kind of tool);
  3. Inked the edges of the page with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) – and inked them really dramatically so the corners really picked up the grey ink quite a bit;
  4. Where there is pattern paper strips on the sketch, I used a wide paint brush to stripe some Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer (white);
  5. Once the gesso dried I streaked some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint) over the gesso by just rubbing the ink pad directly on the paper and gesso;
  6. Once that dried I applied Savvy Stamps – Long Chevron again using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint);
  7. Once that dried I applied the Memory Box Stencil – Mesh with the Color Box Fluid Chalk – Yellow Ochre over the gesso and the green streaks I created … but oops I didn’t actually wait long enough for the original green to dry so I ended up with a green/yellow mesh that really works;
  8. Once that dried I splashed some Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Chartreuse and My Tattered Angels Plain Jane Simply Sheer – Pure Steel using the pump tube not the actual mister (just screw off the top and flick the pump tube at the paper);
  9. Once that dried (there is a theme here eh!) I then sprayed the all over with Heidi Swapp Color Shine – White;
  10. Then I flicked it with watered down Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer (white) over where I had previously flicked the grey and the green mist paint; and
  11. Added some enamel dots, some random twine secured with fun little staples, my pictures, and a title – voila!

Here is a close up of all the above play-to-create-mess.






Congrats again Stuck?! Sketches on your anniversary celebration.



Stuck?! Sketches Challenge and Celebration

One of my ultimate favourite sketch challenge blogs (and fave scrapbookers) is celebrating an anniversary and Scrapstorian is pleased to participate in their celebratory sketch challenge.

Congratulations Stuck?! Sketches and Laura Whitaker! We are so happy to celebrate with you – the sketch challenges this month, prizes and inspiration from your design team are absolutely fantastic!

Okay, here we go …

Here is the September 1, 2014 Challenge and Celebration Sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:


Looking at this sketch I was immediately inspired to focus on the straight edges with the layered strips of pattern that Laura suggested but then put it off kilter with a big ole mess in the background.  :)




This is how I made the ‘big ole mess’ for the sketch background … I began with a piece of American Craft Cardstock in white as my base background paper then twice stamped through the Tim Holz Stencil called Rays with Studio G Green pigment ink. I then splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Black Velvet onto the page (but not with the mister spray, instead I just pulled the mister spray cap off the bottle and with the tube for the mister just splotched paint on by flicking my wrist). Finally I layered some of the Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamps around the page using Tsukineko Staz On Solvent Ink in Jet Black.



Supplies: American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Flair, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Associate Dies, American Crafts Textured Cardstock (white), American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Premium Ribbon (camera), American Crafts Amy Tangerine Plus One Thickers (black), Bazzill Basics Paper Textured Cardstock (Electric Green), Tim Holtz Collections Stencil – Rays, Stampin’ Up! – Gorgeous Grunge Stamps, Studio G Pigment Ink (light green), Tsukineko Staz On Solvent Ink (jet black), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (black velvet), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Congrats Stuck?! Sketches! on your anniversary, and thanks again for a great sketch. I am off to create a layout based on your next sketch challenge now!  ;)


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