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Monday 5 March 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 63 - A sketch

This week the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers has been set by Susie, and the theme is a sketch.
A sketch is really helpful if your crafting mojo has taken a holiday, and I had great fun with my card this time. 

The photograph is not the clearest, so I have taken some smaller cropped shots to try to highlight the detail.  The colours are a turquoise blue and cream, to symbolise the ocean floor and water.

My card is made using the Aquarium digi stamps from one of our sponsors -

The other sponsor this week is

The card base itself is a white 8 x8 inch square card.  I layered onto the base card two pieces of create and craft textured pastel blush card - it has a nice linen texture.  

The panel across the centre to hide the join was the same card cut with a nestie border.  I threaded some blue ribbon from my stash through the holes.

Next, I cut an oval shape with a decorative top and bottom using a nestie.  I wanted it to look curved, so rather than use the plain oval in the centre, I offset it slightly, to give a "bowl" effect.

Inside the bowl I used 3 of the digi stamps from the Aquarium set by Digi Doodle Shop, coloured in with promarkers.  The fish itself I gilded using a quickie glue pen and assorted gilding flakes.  (Gilding flakes are my current craze - you will see them a lot... *blushes* ).

I used some transparent seed beads to indicate bubbles coming from the fishes mouth.  All the images inside the bowl were stuck down with silicone glue.

For the three elements on the bottom lefthand side of the oval of the sketch, I used again 3 digi stamps from the Aquarium set - one treasure chest and two plants.  All were coloured in with promarkers, but for the chest I again used my quickie glue pen and gilding flakes for the crown and the coins, and used pearly doodles to make the pearl necklace more tactile.

Finally, I finished with a good luck greeting on a square in the top left hand corner.

I am entering this card into the challenge at Getting Cricky Argh, Matey(pirate or fishy theme)


  1. Hi there, what a great take on the sketch and love the whole them, lots of lovely techniques here a pure delight.


  2. Absolutely gorgeous - love the clean lines and all the white!

  3. Um, this is absolutely BRILLIANT! GENIUS use of the digi set--oh my word I LOVE this!!! :)

  4. Very pretty card, Love the attention to details (the ribbon weaved through the border, very cool) Thanks for joining us for the Simply Sunday Challenge!!
    Getting Cricky Jr. DTM

  5. simply stunning, Jack. all the little pearls and the ribbon - gorgeous
    Doreen xx

  6. Wonderful card! I love your 3d fishy :) Super cute!!! Ty for sharing with us @ Getting Cricky Simply Sunday challenge!

    Getting Cricky JrDt

  7. This is a pretty card. The swishing fish tail is so cute. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge.

    Cheri - Getting Cricky JrDT

  8. Great design on your card. Beautiful.

  9. That curved shape is so clever, love this!

  10. Gorgeous card. The bubbles are so inventive.
    Thanks for joining us in the Simply Sunday Challenge.
    Getting Cricky Jr DTM

  11. Wow the coloring on this is amazing. I love the fish. He is adorable! Thanks for joining in on the Simply Sunday Challenge fun at Getting Cricky! Don't forget to check out tomorrows Challenge!

    Heather Getting Cricky Jr. Design Team Member

  12. This is a beautiful card. Love what you've done with the image. xx