Freshly Made Sketches 173

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

There's an awesome new sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches!  This week our hostess is Kim and I'm pretty sure you are going to love this sketch!



Now, in case you are thinking that your eyes are deceiving you when you see this sketch, it does in fact appear to be tilted.  It's not (and you can take out your ruler to prove it), but is in fact a cool optical illusion which I presume is brought on by the layers that actually are tilted!

As you can see, I forgot to tilt one of my layers but my brain and my body are tired from the ridiculous amount of snow that we've gotten here in the last two weeks.  My new part-time job is shoveling snow and I've got to tell you that the pay stinks.  All I get for my troubles are sore muscles and a sincere longing for summer.  I ought to be used to the snow, after all this is New England and we do get our share of snow.  But it would be better if it was spread out over the entire winter instead of just the last couple of weeks!

But enough of my weather troubles, lets talk about crafty stuff.  The colors for my card come from the latest challenge at The Paper Players.  The colors were such that I wanted to use them layered together using this Altenew stamp set, but truthfully it took me a long time to put this together.  The images that go together are not necessarily next to each other on the acetate sheet and I really think they should be.  Most of them are but there are a few that don't seem obvious in how they layer together.  Once I crack the code I'm going to label them in some way so that it's easier to use them.   But don't get me wrong, they are beautiful stamps and the end result is worth the work!


Our fabulous Freshly Made Sketches design team have really rocked the sketch this week so I hope you check them out and join us in the gallery.  We love it when you do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Painted Flowers (Altenew); Another Thank You (SU)
Paper:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Real Red (SU); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things); Honeycomb stencil (Heidi Swapp); black embossing paste (Dreamweaver)

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20 Responses to “Freshly Made Sketches 173”

Linda Callahan said...

Whoa....totally glam! The black backdrop sets off your flowers beautifully! Love it!

Lisa said...

What beautiful flowers Jen, this is a wonderful card!!

Cindy Beach said...

This is fabulous, Jen! Love the delicate flowers with the bold black. Beautiful!

Happy Dance said...

I'm so glad you 'cracked the code' for this card -- it's just lovely. The black really makes your roses pop! Love the uncolored leaves too. And I'm sorry about your snow. All we're getting is cold with bitter winds...our snow, at least, is crusted over and not blowing over everything! Stay warm and think how toned you'll be come bikini weather!! Bev

Ann Schach said...

Love it, Jen! The white really "pops" against the black...and of course those flowers are absolutely fabulous! What a fun optical illusion you pointed out :) Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Basement Stamper said...

Love this color combination, your flowers look gorgeous!

stampwithsandy said...

So gorgeous, Jen! Love those beautiful two-tone flowers and all the "black" space. So glad you could join us this week at The Paper Players!

Nancy said...

I thought for sure the sketch was titled...Great card! Love those flowers!

Bonnie said...

You may be having to shovel lots of snow, Jen, but this looks like summer! What beautiful roses and I love how they show up so beautifully against the black honeycomb background!

Claire said...

I hadn't realised it was an optical illusion Jen - thought I'd had one too many wines! Those blooms are so pretty - they look really dramatic against the black! Hope your snow worries disappear soon!

Karren said...

So, firstly, this card is amazing! The flowers look so good with the uncolored leaves - very clever! Great job combining challenges. Secondly, if you haven't seen it, on the Altenew website, look up the stamp set in the shop and one of the images is a key as to how all the pieces work together. (I only know this because of Jennifer McGuire's latest video LOL)

Nance Leedy said...

Love the black card base, Jen! I really highlights the gorgeous colors. Love the black line art in the leaves. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

Deepti said...

This is so elegant !

Cindy Lovell said...

Crazy,i didn't even realized that the whole sketch looks tilted until you said it!! Now,i can't see it straight anymore!! LOL
This card is fantastic,Jen!! Love the embossing paste on the left side and the beautiful flower stamps!! Beautiful!!

Jen Brum said...

Oh Jen, this is amazing! So elegant! I love red, black and white together! Those flowers are fabulous! When I grow up I want to create cards like you!!!

Linda Beeson said...

I love these flower stamps so much, it is always fun to see them used.

Narelle Farrugia said...

This is just stunning Jen - especially that fabulous black background! Why can't I ever create a card as striking as this? Your flowers are lovely - I love the way you've softly coloured them.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE the boldness of this design Jen! Adore that black, with white and red is stunning! Also that fantastic, subtle embossing! Thanks for the inspiration over at FMS. Hazel xx

Cindy said...

This is so gorgeous, Jen! I love the way you colored the flowers on the black and white and put it on black. Stunning!

Jen Timko said...

The colors on this are so striking, Jen!! I can't believe you have any time to create with all that snow shoveling. These flowers are fabulous!