Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunset in the Marsh

Today's post is a card for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Challenge #163. These challenges use digital images, so I downloaded an image, "The Mallards," then added the same image again and rotated it horizontally to create a reflection in the water.

The image was colored with Spectrum Noir markers then heat embossed with clear powder. The reflection was colored in with gray and beige tones. Using Naturals White cardstock, I sponged it to look as if it were sunset. I like this cardstock for the scene because it has slubs of texture and color, lacking the smoothness of Whisper White.

The remainder of the scene was sponged with dye inks. Using a tissue, I wiped the dye ink off of the embossed image. I purposely left the scene without background elements. The water was touched up with a white gel pen. The scene was then popped up with a rectangle of Fun Foam.

View beautiful cards and ideas at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2's blog.

Techniques: Color blending, sponging, heat embossing, reflection

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Image: Digital download from Pattie's Creations.
Inks: Bashful Blue (retired), Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, So Saffron
Markers: Spectrum Noir, Uniball Signo Gel Pen (white)
Cardstock: Naturals White, Basic Black
DSP: Birthday Bash & Confetti Celebration Collections
Other: Ranger EP (clear), Studio G metal studs, Fun Foam
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")


  1. How creative you have been! I love the way you rotated the image to create the reflection and the colours are gorgeous.
    Thank you for joining in with us this week.
    Anne SSW2-DT

  2. Oooooo, I really like your card, especially creating the reflection! How clever!! Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.


  3. Wow, this is just beautiful! I love the reflection and your coloring is just perfect! Fantastic card. :)

  4. Wow Melanie this is the most perfect masculine card, especially for a man that loves shooting. Duck shooting season opened on the 2 May here in New Zealand. Love the reflection on the water very well done and what you've done with the background it's really lovely. This is a great card and thanks so much for sharing your talent with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and good luck.
    Kathie SSW2~DT

  5. What great work, love the reflection on the water that you have created, One of my favorite looks. Thanks for joining us this week. Hugs, Heide SSW2-DT

  6. What a great card...I like the reflection in the water, very clever. I have to put this in my memory cap for a future card.

  7. I love the lovely watercolor effect, and especially that reflection in the water. Ingenious idea and fabulous execution! See it on my Pinterest board: