Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Add Ink Round Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! This is my first post from my new laptop. Alas my old laptop went to laptop heaven as it was beyond repair. Kind of sad when it costs more to repair something than to buy something brand new which is why we have become a throw away society. I can only hope that the repair center it was sent to took out the old parts which were still good to use on a refurbished system or at least recycled them in some way.

This week the challenge over at Just Add Ink is to use this sketch. As you know I don't often use sketches but I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone.
I decided to make a print and cut as I don't really like to paper piece. Alas the first design I saved on a SD card as I created it on my old desktop. However, I got an error message when I tried to open it on my laptop in Studio. Instead of Studio telling me there was not enough room to save it on the card it supposedly saved it. So it was back to the drawing board.

 I decided to use a photo of my favorite place to hike. I wanted it to look like you were perhaps looking out of a cabin window at the outdoors. This is what I ended up with.
I started by drawing a circle the size I wanted for my pieces. Then I did an external offset of the circle in Studio. Taking the larger circle I filled it in with black. The original circle I filled in with my photo and then cut into pieces using the knife tool. Then I placed the pieces onto the black circle where I wanted them and grouped everything together.

Then I took a circle frame which had been a free weekly offering from Silhouette and modified it so that I had my scalloped circle. I then filled it with green color. Then it was simply doing a print and cut.

After cutting out my circle card base I edged it with Versa Magic"Gingerbread" chalk ink. I also edged the photo circle.

To give the scallop circle a little bit of interest I used Creative Medium Shimmer over it. The Shimmer is really subtle but the color doesn't look so flat.

I  took a black 3d Glaze pen and used it on the black printed parts of the photo circle. Because it was used on matte card stock instead of glossy the ink did not flow as well in a large area. But in this case it was alright as I got more of a distressed paint look for my faux window frame. To distress it a little more on purpose I colored over some of the  chalk ink on the edge.

I stamped the sentiment from a bird set by Fiskars on clear plastic using Stazon Timber Brown ink.   Then when it was dry I used a cosmetic wedge to apply Stazon Matte Glaze over it so the plastic was not shiny as well as to give it a little bit of protection. Alas I do not have clear Creative Medium yet so I adhered my sentiment with Creative Medium Shimmer. It looks a little frosty but I don't think it detracts as much as if I had stamped the sentiment on tissue paper or card stock.

I really think the Creative Medium is the way to go when adhering things that regular adhesive would otherwise show through. I am so thankful that Roni at Inkstains with Roni introduced me to this product. It may look expensive but believe me a little bit goes a long way.

There you have my challenge to myself to try a sketch as well as my play using some products which are new to me.

That is all for now. Thank you for stopping by and if you are interested you still have time to create something for the Just Add Ink challenge this week.  Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. This is fantastic, Myoriah! It really does look like a beautiful scene outside a cabin window. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week!

  2. OOOh I could just feel myself melting into that scene. You did a great job. Love it.

  3. What a terrific card! Thanks for all the tips on how you pulled it together. Most enjoyable!

  4. You've really been creative with the sketch at Just Add Ink this week - I love your take on it.

    So lovely to see your entry.

    JAI Design Team

  5. Oh this is so lovely! What a fabulous scene and a wonderful place to hike! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week!

  6. It does indeed look just like a scene you can see out through a window Myoriah. Framing it with the green really keeps that natural feel! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  7. Fabulous idea to use the photo- makes a great memory card. Chantell JAI

  8. What a beautiful card. I really like how it looks like you are looking outside a window. Great work.

  9. love love your card and the colors...I am the tagger for Beth's post at the creative blog hop...
    can't wait your post next monday!!!hugs bibiana


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