OLW 38 Let’s get sketchy

I guess they’re called challenges for a reason!  This week’s One Layer Wednesday challenge was to use a design sketch.  I tried several pretty flower themed cards before I settled back into the comfort of my sponged winter scenes.  I will post one of the flower cards later this week.  After cropping, matting and layering it was no longer anywhere near the brief for this challenge.

Several times lately I have noticed that an overcast day can look quite pretty particularly when the trees are still laden with snow.  The colour scheme tends to be very monochromatic though.  I tried to recreate that here with the sun weakly shining through the cloud.  It is not a particularly “pretty” card, but I thought it might be appropriate to send, with encouraging words inside, to someone going through a difficult “season”.

To see a much prettier card using this technique check out the beautiful one by Sarah at Criminal Grace


Stamps: Branch Out, Season of Friendship
Inks:  Basic black, Going Gray
Cardstock: Flourishes classic white
Also: White e.p.


11 Comments on “OLW 38 Let’s get sketchy”

  1. LOVE IT! I love bare trees, I love snow scenes (as long as I am looking at them from inside where it’s nice and warm). I totally know what you are saying about how overcast days can be very pretty.

    Awesome job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW38!

  2. Wonderful – just love it!! I think bare trees are great. This card has lots of atmosphere!

  3. sue says:

    What a stunning card! It’s very dramatic, and it’s beautiful. Not every day can be sunny and bright, but you’ve shown us even a grey day can be lovely. I like this a lot.

  4. I LOVE this! I so want to be able to achieve this look! Guess I need to practice more! LOL!

  5. Mim says:

    Beautiful! Lovely!

  6. Lindsey says:

    This is such a dramatic, atmospheric card — beautiful!

  7. Ruthie says:

    I LOVE your cards! I attempted to copy you on my blog – http://rainbowkreations.blogspot.com
    Thanks for inspiring!

  8. Beate says:

    BEAUTIFUL sponged card.
    Hugs and smiles

  9. Sarah Jay says:

    I missed this post the first time through, but I stumbled upon it again and wanted to tell you how much I like your shading. Thanks for saying my card was pretty, although I think yours is fabulous too. I can’t get my one-color backgrounds to look that real.

  10. Ruthie says:

    OMG his card is absolutely stunning. I just love it. I haven’t a clue as to how to do this, but I’m sure going to try to figure it out.

  11. Beverly Baxley says:

    I pinned your card so I could remember the beautiful shading in the snow. I think this is a very pretty winter card.

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