Monday, November 8, 2010

STV Sketch Spotlight #1!

Hello! Are you as excited about the new episodes Gina will be adding to StampTV each week as I am? In each episode, you will see her creating a card from start to finish with each of our new release sets during the month, we are just thrilled to share more ways to use all our new stamps so they become new favorites in your collection! Mondays are devoted to a sketch she'll create, here is the first sketch below!
I used my "A Year of Borders" set to make a card with this sketch. I took a small liberty on using the whole border as a rectangle instead of an oval, but if you look closely, there is a round design embossed (Sizzix folder) into the Fresh Asparagus mat that frames the image imilar to the sketch. ("Festive Frame" would have been perfect with this sketch to use with the border going across, (I just might have to make another entry doing so!) but today I really wanted to use just the borders set.) I sponged the edges with some olive ink to make the pattern pop out more.
Border is embossed in gold, colored with Copics (E13 and E57 for pinecones, R37 and R59 for flowers, YG23 and G99 for needles), and matted onto Good as Gold CS. Tip: Make the greenery as full as you desire by making quick swipes with your marker starting at the base of the needles and working outward, don't worry abut tracing the image exactly! I like to use two greens to give the needles more depth.
The little greeting from the STV kit "Winter Wonderland"(isn't that font lovely with this image?) is embossed Innocent Pink, which I die cut with a Petite Oval and sponged with Vivid Brick, I love how that brings out the dark and lighter areas of the poinsettias.
I added some punched Fancy Corners, gold adhesive nail heads and stitched red ribbon to complete the sketch. As you can see the embossed border panel slides out, it can now be used as a bookmark! Card and gift, all in one, I love it!
Check out Gina's video now on StampTV. I don't know what set she's using today, but it's sure to be a good one! You'll see this sample of mine PLUS our other design team members and illustrators interpretations of the sketch there as well.
Thank you for joining us to kick off the new episodes and spotlight challenges! Of course, like other STV challenges, there are FREE stamps up for grabs, so I hope you'll all participate! See the full details on the StampTV. Put this on your calendar for Mondays and then look ahead to Fridays, which will be filled with glorious color! :)
Have a terrific day!

14 comments:

lisa808 said...

Gorgeous!

Patti P. said...

Melanie, I love this...such a wonderful idea and gift. Beautiful coloring and card as always.

Cathy said...

Oh my - I can't stop looking at this fabulous card! Just stunning!

paradise45 said...

Beautiful and so elegant...I love it!!!

Anita said...

Stunning card! I love how you did it as a bookmark.

Anonymous said...

Love your card.
Gladys R.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful card & gift Melanie.
I'm so in awe of your colouring ability - you are SOOOOO artistic. ((sigh))

Mary Mac

Jan Castle said...

Soooooooo pretty, and a gift bookmark to boot! Great idea!!!

Shar said...

Gorgeous card! Love the bookmark too!

Deebi27 said...

Absolutely beautifully elegant!

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Beautiful card, love the poinsettias and making it as a bookmark, great idea.

Kary said...

Beautiful card!! Love the embossed images & colours, and wow..a bookmark! How clever! ;)

Becky said...

This is stunning, love the embossing.

Trena in Naperville said...

Absolutely lovely Melanie!!! And what a great practical idea that the receiver enjoy over and over!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!!