Woohoo!  Two weeks in a row playing in the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers!  This week’s sketch was another beauty.  I’ve flipped it 90 degrees to accommodate the image used.


This was the first time this set “Up Up and Away” from Verve has seen ink.  It started out quite bright, but as shading was added, it became darker and darker.  I decided I liked the more vintage or distressed look and added some toner gray Copics over the entire balloon.  Finally some dots were added with a white gel pen.  The balloon was cut out and popped up for a little added dimension.


If you’ve never played along in these daily challenges, why not give them a try.  They are SO FUN!

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: Verve “Up Up and Away”; Stampers Anonymous “The Countdown”

Papers: SU! “Whisper White”; PTI “True Black”; Graphic 45 “A Proper Gentleman”, Timely Point of View”

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU! “So Saffron”; Copics:



Accessories: Striped and Black GG Ribbons; Brads

13 Responses to “Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #277”

  1. Beautiful card, Susan! It’s dramatic and elegant at the same time!

  2. Love this Susan! What a fabulous take on the sketch!

  3. Love how you flipped the sketch and how the balloon goes outside the box.

  4. I love your take on the sketch! The rustic look is perfect!

  5. Great card Susan! Love the ballon, it looks as if it would really take of now! Nice colours as well. TFS

  6. What a great idea to tone down the colors with a neutral! I’m with you … the vintage style colors look wonderful with this! What a fun balloon … I’m glad you inked it up and presented this treat!


  7. Love the way you overlaid the sentiment with the design. So appropriate 🙂 Like the color combo too.

  8. Gorgeous card, Susan! Love the vintage look of it! 🙂 Really like how you layered ribbons and added dots to the air balloon!

  9. Oh how freakin cool!

  10. Your colors on this are beautiful, Susan…sooo rich and elegant!!! The balloon looks awesome attached over the edge of the background layers and I love how you did the sentiment!!!

  11. Love how you flipped the sketch Susan!!! Love this balloon and the colours are fabulous – love the vintage take on it!!!

  12. Great sketch card, Susan!! I love your colorful balloon, and how you’ve popped it!!

  13. Love that quote! Great card!

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