#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! πŸ˜‰

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! πŸ™‚

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. πŸ™‚

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

  1. Beautiful set of cards , i loved how the sketchy lines give them an artistic look..loose ,abstract ! Proud to own one of them !

  2. What a really clever idea, I love it. I am so glad you worked out the problem in the end. I do love it when hand drawn touches are added to cards, it is so effective. I am usually too scared of ruining it myself, which is why I don’t go there, but you never know, maybe one day xx

    • You are right about the fear of ruining an already good piece. But in this case, since that effort was minimal, I could go about it without too much concern. It was a good stamp set to try this experiment. 😁

  3. I was wondering which new year you were celebrating now🀣
    Jokes apart but what gorgeous flowers and that sentiment is soooo fun.

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