I love drawing sketches, and today I thought I would share one with you that I actually used to make a card.

So here is the sketch:


And here is the card I made using this sketch:


This “Shore Birds” image from Firecracker Designs by Pamela was given to me by Libby Hickson.  Isn’t it wonderful!  Thank you, Libby!!


Using a Twinchie as the base for the main image and ocean scene, I first stamped the birds and colored them with Copics.  Next Copics were used to color in the sand, ocean and sky.  For the ocean, the B26 marker was touched directly onto the nib of the BG000 and BG02 markers before making the ocean strokes.


This automatically lightened and blended the B26 ink as it was drawn, but still allowed for a few accent areas on the water.

In the picture below “A” is the lighter marker only.  “B” is the result when B26 is touched directly to the nib of the lighter marker.  “C” is when both markers are colored independent of each other with no blending.

(I should mention here that this does not ruin your lighter marker in any way.  Once the darker ink is used up, the nib on the lighter marker will once again be completely back to it’s original color as it soaks it’s ink up from the barrel of the marker. :))


Lastly I used a B26 Copic marker and a ruler to draw a frame around the outside of the scene on the Twinchie and also to color the sides of the Twinchie.

If you feel so inclined, I hope you’ll give this sketch a try, too!  And please let me know.. I would LOVE to see your take on it!

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Firecracker Designs by Pamela “Shore Birds”;  Kittie Kits “Cause a Scene #2”; Papertrey Ink “Birthday Basics”

Papers: “Twinchie”; Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening and “Father Knows Best” 6″ x 6″ DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Papertrey Ink “Summer Sunrise”; SU! “Not Quite Navy”; Copics:




Accessories: Papertrey Ink 5/8″ GG Ribbon “Enchanted Evening” and 1/2″ Satin Ribbon “Summer Sunrise”; Eyelets; Twine

25 Responses to “Another Rainy Day Sketch”

  1. Crisp, clean and very pretty! Great shading on the sky! Fun sketch might have to give it a try. :0)

  2. Great color choice for the image, makes one feel sunset at the sea… Love the twine and all your coloring – I am not really a copic marker fan, but seeing your results, I would like to have more …

  3. This is so beautiful and serene-looking, Susan!! Your sky looks incredible too!! Thanks for the tips!!

  4. So sweet — love it!!

  5. Oh the perfect seaside feel! Great tips on the sky too it’s gorgeous!

  6. Susan, this is a wonderful sketch and a beautiful resulting card! I love the colors and designer paper choices, and TFS the coloring tips with Copics!

  7. Lovely! Thanks for the sketch and sharing the Copic coloring tips, Susan.

  8. Ooooh, you can draw a sketch for me any time!! I fail miserably at doing my own so it’s always wonderful to have those who can do it share their’s 😀 This one is wonderful 😀 Love the card you created with it – makes me want to go to the beach right now!

  9. this is GORGEOUS!! LOVE how you did the water, and those sun setty colors on the birds really brought them to life!

  10. Gorgeous! So soft – looks watercolored.

  11. This is drop dead gorgeous. What an amazing job.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous Susan – I just knew you’d create something stunning with these sweet little birds! Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  13. Susan, this is just gorgeous. Question, what’s a Twinchie?

  14. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Susan!!! Love how your scene looks like you watercolored it…and that sketch is the BOMB!

  15. Oh COOOOL sketch, Susan! I love it. I’m going to print it and hope to play. Love your bird card…it’s SOOOO pretty! Your Copic work DOES look like watercoloring.

  16. This is gorgeous!! It really looks watercolored. The sky is just amazing!!

  17. very pretty colors, and scene!

  18. Susan, this is just breathtakingly beautiful. I have a dear friend who’s an accomplished watercolor artist and I think this piece would rival hers. Love your sketch. DH is home this weekend so don’t know how much time I’ll have but I’ve saved this lovely sketch. You are soooo talented.

  19. This is lovely! I saved your sketch to try soon!

  20. Susan this is wonderful!!!! Your colouring is gorgeous – looks just like a watercolour!!! I really love your sketch too – might have to give that one a go myself!!! 🙂

  21. I love your layout and colours, it is such a beautiful, relaxed scene.

  22. This is SO beautiful! Gorgeous colors and fantastic design.
    You are such a talented lady!

  23. Very beautiful sketch and very beautiful card! I just love how you colored the stamped image scene!

  24. OK, didn’t know you did sketches! So of course I played along- http://tanyastampsnthings.blogspot.com/2010/02/clueless-sketch_18.html
    Your card is lovely! Perfect colors for the beach! 🙂

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