Sunday, January 17, 2010

Paper Sundae's First Challenge

It's another Paper Sundae Sunday!

After last weeks blog hop and all the kind comments on my first attempt using the Copic Airgun, I figured you'd like to see another project using is.

Like the little sneak peak on the side here?  Wait till you see the finished card (below) :-)

This weeks debut challenge at Paper Sundae's  is a sketch challenge.  You can find the sketch here.  This week's sketch is sponsored by Stamp & Create.

Participate in the challenge and upload a link to your card on the Challenge site and be entered into a draw to win a gift certificate to Stamp & Create.  Not only do you get to stretch the creative muscles, but we can all use some extra crafting money!

Back to my card... For starters, I wanted to keep going with the soft look of last weeks card, and also the quiet Asian style.  So many of you commented on liking that, have to keep you, my readers, happy!
I have a background stamp of bamboo that I realized would go perfectly with the main image of the bird (shown above).  Since I wanted a background showing the sky and forest in the background, I sprayed blue on the top, orange and yellows in the centre and greens and browns on the bottom.  I've been having some problems since I only have about 12 of the sketch markers and all my other ones are ciaos, and I haven't figured out how to shim the airgun to accommodate the round markers--I've just been holding them there at an angle, but the results are subpar.  This really limits what can be done.  I'll let you know once I figure this out and what worked!  So here's the background before I started layering:

Then I heat embossed the background image using a dark green embossing powder.  Unfortunately I hadn't put enough versamark on the stamp before doing this and didn't get a great impression, so I reversed the sketch so I could hide this with the main image.
Now, ladies (and gentlemen?), my words of wisdom to you are to look CAREFULLY at a sketch before cutting everything up.  Let me say I wasted a lot of paper (and time and effort) since I "kind of" went from memory, and then looked at the sketch before adhering it all together, and then had to recut, reorganize and redo a lot of stuff here, LOL!
The end result, in real life, is very soft, and the colours in the background look great--very hard to photograph well.  For the main image, I used the metalic fingerpaint stuff from Gina K's on the edges to give it a bit of an antiqued look.  The stamp is in the current SU catalogue, and the papers and ribbon are also SU.  To finish it off (and follow the sketch!) there are three robins nest dew drops in the corner.

To see other cards made using this sketch check out the links at Paper Sundae's , or better yet, see what you can create using this sketch!


  1. OH WOW. Simply stunning. You have a wonderful way with colour. Its just so beautiful.
    Happy Crafting.
    Love Sandra xx

  2. Oh my - a tutorial and a beautiful card! I love what you are doing with your airbrush system. Thank you for being a Sundae Girl!

  3. This is gorgeous!!! I really need to put that airbrush system on my "list". BTW, I read and saw pics somewhere that you can take some of those pencil cushions, the ones you put toward the bottom for comfort, and place them on your Ciaos. They should fit snug into your system then. I have not tried it yet, because I don't have the system. Hopefully soon though!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :)

  4. Thank you Yvette for this tip!! I know exactly what you are talking about and never thought of it. Off to staples I must go!

  5. This is very pretty!! I love, love, love my copics and I must get an airbrush. Waiting for it to go on sale first ;o) You did a great job with this card.

  6. Beautiful card! Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. Looks great! Congrats on the new position for design team :)

  8. Your airbrushing created a fantastic background. Perfect for your Asian inspired images.

    I do that all the time with sketch challenges. I just "remember" them instead of sketching them out and often end up with something very different than the original inspiration piece.

  9. Stunning creation. Love your airbrushed background. I have seen the airbrush system demonstrated at my LSS. A Ciao marker was used in the Copic airgun. It looked like a dimension/foam tape was used as a shim. It worked like a charm.

  10. Wow, this is very impressive! I love the calming Asian feel to your card.

    Someone told me you can use the pencil grips on your Ciaos to make them work in the Copic airbrush. I haven't tried it yet, but I also have a mix of Sketches and Ciaos.