Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mojo50 Riley at the Lake

I adore sketch challenges!!!!! But I haven't yet figured out how to do a color challenge - I just can't use so few colors! For Mojo50 this week, I decided to get Riley to the lake for some waterskiing. I tried to achieve the look of being able to see both the surface of the water and under the water. How did I do?

As usual, I cut out the circular area first and then adhered everthing to my Cricut mat while I inked. I used the emboss resist technique to keep the fish, fish bubbles, and aquatic plants their original color while I sponged over them. I sponged and masked to create the different elements of the scene. After I was done inking, I made the straight cuts to finish the sketch. Riley is stamped, colored, cut out and adhered on top.

LESSONS LEARNED: 1) I've been having problems with ink leaking thru when doing emboss resist in the past. Just realized today that I wasn't using DETAIL embosssing power. It DOES make a difference. 2) Also noticed the other day that if you are going to sponge or brayer onto your cardstock, it is MUCH better to use a slick cardstock like SU's Whisper White. The slicker cardstock allows you to move the ink around and blend it in a bit. When using Georgia Pacific 110 cardstock the ink is stuck where you first put it. I still prefer Georgia Pacific 110 cardstock for images I'll be coloring in. Compare the smooth blending of ink on todays card (on SU WW) to this one (GP 110) which looks rough and blotchy to me.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps Waterski Riley, Papertrey Ink Pond Life, See D's Silhouettes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, See D's A Word or Two
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, GP 110
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Creamy Caramel, Green Galore, Real Red, Only Orange
Accessories: White gel pen, glitter pen, Prismacolor pencils & gamsol, Cricut, Virsamark, Clear Embossing Powder & Heat Gun
Time: TOO LONG! I've gotta get faster!

Michelle B.


Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Amazingly well, I'd say! That is adorable...so how did you accomplish the water?

Sandy said...

Absolutely adorable, Michelle!! Excellent job achieving the look you wanted for the water.