This time around Retro Rubber has a sketch challenge for you. And this sketch, designed by team member Claire, is easily accommodated to many stamp images! I chose Sweetbriar Rose for a couple of reasons. It reminds me of the Cherokee Rose, Georgia’s state flower, that will be blooming very soon. And, it gave me an opportunity to pull out my Prismacolor pencils for coloring. I have been using mostly Copic sketch markers for my current coloring lessons and have missed the pencils.
Sweetbriar Rose was introduced in the 2014 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog as a single background stamp. The lovely delicate lines for both rose and leaf petals drew my attention immediately. Coloring pencils are an interesting medium to work with. Instead of pressing hard with the colored pencil to obtain darker shades of color, you color lightly with several passes. The color adheres better with this treatment. Yes, you can burnish with a colored pencil, but any additional pencil treatments will not adhere to the image.
The smoky gray color of the Wood Textures designer series paper worked perfectly with the Basic Gray scalloped cardstock. The sentiment came from the stamp set Remarkable You, which debuted in the 2015 annual catalog and is still available today. I used retired Pewter embossing powder and a cross-stitch die to help showcase the sentiment. The butterflies were punched from white cardstock treated with distress ink colors. I learned a lesson from this process… when adding flicks of ink to cardstock, be sure to remove all important papers from the work space. I accidentally flicked blue ink onto my main panel. Oh well, one must learn to roll with the punches!
The sketch challenge starts today and ends on March 9th. Have you visited the challenge blog to see my teammates inspiration projects? Come on by! We look forward to seeing you in our gallery.
Guidelines for a Retro Rubber Challenge Blog challenge entry…
- One of your stamps must be at least one year old.
- You must tell us how long you have had the stamp or its age.
- Do not link your new project to more than 9 additional challenges.
Please decide to play along with Retro Rubber! And do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
Have fun stamping,