Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Yellow Flowers

1/16/2019 Update: Top Three at Atlantic Hearts #298.

1/13/2019 Update: Favorite of the week ending January 13 at Splitcoast Stampers.

Sketches are such a great inspiration for creating cards. I especially like to start with a sketch and then go with my own interpretation. This sketch came from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #298. The challenge is currently underway through Sunday, January 13.

In pencil, I lightly drew the flowers and leaves onto cardstock for alcohol ink, colored the drawings with Copic markers, outlined them with a black pen and fussy cut them. I die cut three rings - one white, one black and one Mink. A strip of dotted paper was cut. The items were placed onto a panel of Mink cardstock, adhering directly or using foam tape. I drew the stems with a black pen. The entire panel was then adhered to a black card base. A few clear droplets were added. The inside was lined with a Mink panel and decorated with a flower and leaf. A sentiment can be added anytime. I selected the colors based on an old Tic-Tac-Toe color challenge.

For great sketch challenges visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog. You'll be glad you did!

Techniques: Hand drawing, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Inks: Copic Alcohol Markers, black journaling pen
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Basic Black; CTMH Mink; Spectrum Noir for alcohol ink
Paper: Stampin' Up! "Modern Medley" Collection (retired)
Dies: Gina K nesting and stacking circle dies
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); droplets from stash


  1. WOW, talk about amazing!!! Such a gorgeous card. Love your color combo, one of my favorite!! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  2. Wow, really lovely interpretation of the sketch and your artwork is stunning and the yellow really pops amongst the greys and black. Gorgeous.

  3. Oh wow Melanie, your card is stunning! The coloring on your flowers is perfect and I love your design. Fantastic in every way!! :)

  4. Beautiful original artwork! Very nice take on the sketch. Thank you so much for joining us at AHSC this week.

  5. I love your flowers, OMG so pretty! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  6. This is just beautiful. The colors are amazing and I love that you sketched these yourself. You should be designing stamps. I would buy that set!

  7. Wow! Hand drawn flowers! This card is beautiful! Love the flower instead of ribbons! The card looks so three dimentional with the flowers and rings! Thanks for playing along with us at Alantic hearts Sketch Clallenge!

  8. I love that you drew these flowers yourself - like someone commented above, if you designed a stamp with these flowers, I would absolutely purchase it! Your choice of colours are so soft and gentle and I love the multiple circle frame. Even the fallen leaf - you thought of everything. This card is stunning - one of my all time favourites. Thanks so much for sharing such a beauty with us at Atlantic Hearts :)