Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #41

It is Tuesday again and we all know what that means! A fabulous new sketch over at ICS. This week we have been sponsored by a company that has some super cute images DigiStamp Boutique. The lucky winner of this week's sketch will get a $15 gift card to Sally-Ann's store. Awesome!

For my card I used Chloe and snowball from DigiStamp Boutique. I colored up this cutie with copics. I put some stardust stickles on the snowballs and snow on the ground to go with all th esparkles that was already in the designer paper which is from My Mind's Eye. I also used a little pink Bazzill to add shimmer to the layers. That pink strip was created with one of the new Martha Stewart punches. For the tag, I used a SU tag punch and stamped it with a snow swirl stamp which I think is from Penny Black. I added Tea Dye Distress ink to the tag and the Kraft cardstock base.

You've probably noticed that I like to pop my characters outside of its box to add a little visual interest. I do this by picking a nestie that fits most of the image on the inside window, but is smaller than the image. I will then take a pencil and trace around the inside window...why the inside window? So that all you have to do is pop that same nestie into your cutter and you have your mat for the image. I still end up trimming my mat about 1/16" because I like a smaller width mat. I then cut around the pencil lines and image with scissors and erase any leftover pencils lines then attach it to my mat. Voila! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please go and visit the rest of the DT listed in my sidebar for more inspiration on this sketch.

21 comments:

Stacy said...

Wonderful job coloring the image! I love this card!

Tammi said...

She's sweet, a beautiful card, love the paper/colors!

Lorie said...

Awww, Mary! I feel like it's been forever since I stopped by my favorite blogs, and yes, you're one of my favorites!! This card is TDF!! I love that DP, particularly the pink in it, and thank you so much for explaining the "outside of the box" technique. I'm so trying that!! It's such a great look!! That MS punch is awesome!! Great card, my friend!!

Love ya!
Lorie

Sparkle said...

Such a darling card. Thanks for the tip...I'll have to try that with my nesties.

Michelle said...

This is a great card! Way to go on getting a head for the holidays :)

kadie said...

ooooooooooooooooh! I totally have to have this stamp!! This is too too cute and that MS punch...LOVE IT! Okay,s o I just have to ask again because I'm not sure if I read right...the sparkles on the snowballs--is that Bazzill too? Did I mention I love this card : )

kadie said...

oH got it, stardust stickles is the snowballs...Bazzill is the pink paper...I thought Bazzill was just paper, but like I said, had myself confused!! Doh!

Crystal said...

SO sweet Mary what a darling image and the colors are so pretty!

the whimsical butterfly said...

This is ADORABLE Mary!!!

WickedPixie said...

Mary, this is SO cute! I love the colors and papers, too! :-)Traci

Tasha said...

Love this card! The colours and paper are fab. oving the layout too and what a super cute image
love tasha xx

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

absolutely fabulous! love that background paper and that ribbon with the snowflake is the perfect touch!

hugs,

Catherine said...

Super sweet, Mary! Great image, beautifully colored, and I'm loving that pattern paper. The gingham ribbon and snowflake tie it all together nicely.

Diana said...

Super DUper Awesome and SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! I love this card. The image is great - love that name ;) - and your coloring and design and paper choices are just perfect!

Sandra MacLean said...

Mary!! Really, I think you outdid yourself on this card! The paper is soooo delicious and the half cut thing is a flipping good idea!! It really does create some added interest! Must case that idea soon! ;) Massaged any butts today??

Randi said...

Exquisite card Mary!! I love every detail!! I love how her little cap is sticking up over the frame! Great effect! And that MME paper!! OH MY! Is that from the new stacks at Michael's? I think I got the other version, but I want THAT one, too! It looks awesome on your card!! So weird, because I just got that SU punch out the other day to use for the first time in a year! I really love the kraft tab you made. And, is that the MS crown punch? LOVE it!

Heather said...

OK, Now this is just GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE the way you colored your image. The papers are amazing as is your punch. I have tried to do the same thing with my nestie with not much luck. I think it is such a fun effect!!! I have also cut it by hand ... but it is not as clean and pretty as this. I will have to try it again sometime :) Thanks for the inspiration Mary!

MiamiKel said...

She's so darling ...... she doesn't look like the snowball throwing type, it's just too cute! Beautifully done :)

marley said...

i love what you did with the sketch and the image! beautiful card!

Love to Doodle! said...

This is stunning Mary....your colouring is wonderful and I love your choice of papers and added details.....truly fabulous.....Sally-Ann...xx

Pam S. said...

simply marvelous Mary! I love her! your coloring!! the papers you used!!! and the crown punch!!!! oh, I have to have the crown punch! awesome work!
Pam Going Postal

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