Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Koi - Sketch Style

It is that time again, when thoughts turn to the incredible sketches that Kathi, our fearless Bombshell leader, challenges us to use. This month she chose a simple beautiful sketch, and honestly, this ended up being one of my favorite cards I have EVER made.
This card was made a little bit differently - in that I worked different than I usually do. I first decided which way I wanted the sketch to be. Kathi challenged us to use this sketch, and I decided it needed to be flipped. Then I chose my stamp. I looked through all the Bombshells I had to figure out which ones went best with this layout.

Then I chose my paper. I found this Best Creations paper with a dragon flying up, but the great thing about it was the water at the bottom. And it coordinated with the other sheet of paper (the back paper). THEN I chose my colors to coordinate. I say this was different because I typically color up an image and then try to find paper that matches, then come up with a layout... so this was reversed almost.

I colored the Koi up with YR21 and then started layering from the inside edge of all of the scales with YR23, R22, 24 and 27, then I went back over with YR21. On the fins I layered the same way and added in R39 at the base to make it darker. I then added shading with the R22 along the scales. The "water" I tried to match some of the water splashing on the paper and used the W4, 6, 7, 9 series to try to match it.

 I used crystal stickles over the water colored to add some shimmer to match the paper, and also used crystal effects to make the fish all shiny. The  I used some charms from the jewelry section at JoAnns to anchor the top.
Ok... Now that I have bored you all to death, I really hope you pop on over to the Bombshell Stamps blog and take part in the Sketch Challenge this month. And if you don't have any Bombshell stamps, take a look at the "Anything Goes" special challenge, for a chance to win some of these super fun stamps.

Talk to you soon!!!!



  1. Oh Alaine... This card is gorgeous and I love the colors that you used!!! Your coloring is beautiful!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  2. Alaine, this is STUNNING!!!!! The colors are so gorgeous and that koi is beautifully colored. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  3. STUNNING Alaine!!! I'm in total awe!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  4. Alaine,
    Oh, this is the most gorgeous koi card I've ever seen - it's totally wonderful! I love it!

  5. oh my gosh! This is freakin' AMAZING!!!!