Welcome to the April sketch! Leslie, here, and I have a little surprise for you today, but more on that in a moment. First, here is this month’s sketch, selected from the 200+ sketches available from Operation Write Home:
OWH has a weekly sketch challenge on Sundays on their blog, and there is a treasure trove of these babies out there. If you are challenged by sketch dimensions, all the OWH sketches give measurement for the parts-is-parts. I usually ignore them (I’m such a rebel), but in this case I did use the recommended 1.5″ for cutting the scalloped layers.
Now for the surprise. In addition to my usual shenanigans with the sketch, we have a very special guest designer: Sandy Allnock from Operation Write Home! Yes, the one, the only, the founder, the Executive Director, our fearless leader, the Grand Poobah herself!! Sandy not only granted us permission to use their sketches, she also agreed to a guest gig here at ABNH, and she played along with this month’s sketch! Here is her card:
Isn’t it fabulous? I love the stamped layers, the coordinating chevron ribbon, and the masterfully colored ca-uuute owls! Be sure to stop by her blog to see more details and to leave her a little comment love.
Next up are my cards. Along with the usual Hero Arts goodness we use here, this month ABNH is collaborating with Freckled Fawn, so you’ll see some of their products on our projects in April.
I first did a literal interpretation of the sketch:
I used a punch to cut the scallop layers, lined them up, stamped a Hero Arts sentiment onto a piece of white card stock, then die-cut it along with a two pieces of paper from the same pack. Pretty straight-forward.
Next: When I first looked at the sketch, I thought the scallops could be waves, so I made this:
The whale is the circle in the sketch, and the popped-up wave is the line in the sketch. Note 1: The whale in the Oceans of Joy set is covered with flowers – very 1960s, but I didn’t want the flowers. So, I went over the outline of the stamp with my Memento black marker, colored his mouth and eye, cleaned it up a bit with a cotton swab, and stamped it onto a piece of patterned paper (no coloring that way.) Note 2: Whales don’t sit on top of the water, so I cut a strip of the same base card stock, stamped a row of waves on it, and popped it up on foam tape so it covered the bottom of the image.
I only have three rows of the waves here, even though the sketch has five rows, but it’s still in the spirit of the sketch. And again, no one said you can’t add stuff, like the fish and grass I added to fill in the bottom of the card, as long as the sketch is recognizable, which it is:
Finally, I turned the sketch upside-down:
In this orientation I thought the scallops could be clouds, so I made this:
Yeah, the clouds aren’t all lined up like good little soldiers (hahaha, oops, not an intentional OWH reference), but the scallops inspired me to use clouds. The sheep is the circle element, and the line in the sketch is the “line” between the sky and grass. See:
Bonus: The sheep is covered in white flock and he is very soft and fluffy. 🙂
That’s it for this month’s sketch! Thanks, again, to Sandy for joining us this month!
Just a reminder: The sketch segment here at ABNH is not a separate challenge and there is no linky below. It’s just for added inspiration and to help jump-start your mojo. Please feel free to incorporate the sketch in your creations! If you do, please link back to ABNH and also leave a comment below with a link to your post so we can all come by and see what you’ve done with it. 🙂
Sandy’s card: Various Copics, The Precious (foam adhesive), and the following:
Card 2: Tombow adhesive, The Precious (foam adhesive), and the following:
Card 3: misc blue card stock, Tombow adhesive, A Muse cloud dies, The Precious (foam adhesive), and the following: