Hello there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge to present to you today at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Some time ago I had used a tree embossing folder on some designer paper that had a birch-like pattern, and cut the trees out from it.  Then I decided not to use them for that project, and they just sat in one of my folders of cardstock, where I would see them occasionally.  Today’s card finally puts them to use.  I ended up trimming the trees down further, both in height and width, so they would fit better onto the card front.  For the background, I brushed ink onto glossy white cardstock and blended the colors together, first with the brushes, and then with a tissue.  I took the color inspiration from an old “rainbow” ink pad that has four colors of ink, but I added a bit of brown to the bottom edge to help make it look more like ground.  I added a simple small white mat because it looked too bare-bones without one.  For the sentiment, I die-cut the “thanks” from both white and kraft cardstock because I wanted to stack them for depth.  I originally planned to have the white layer on top, thinking that the kraft would add more shadow below it, but the kraft showed up better against the tree trunks so I ended up reversing the layers.  And yes, I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch, although I can’t say I did that for any particular reason.

What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 28.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Glossy White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cranberry, Eggplant, Denim, Bottle, and Espresso (Adirondack)
Other: tree embossing folder (Darice); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft); stencil brushes

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