Freshly Made Sketches #425

I am so excited that Close To My Heart brought back the Wild and Free stamp set, plus they added in the option of Thin Cuts.  I normally get lots of satisfaction from fussy cutting, but it is so nice to have a nice clean die cut edge!  I live in a houseful of boys, so masculine cards are always needed.  Living in Wyoming, the outdoors is truly a lifestyle....though I do attempt to hide out in the craft room as often as possible!  My card is created based on the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches-

You might have to look close, but I do have the three banner type shapes in my image! This card did not work out exactly as planned, but I do like the simplicity of the end result!  My oval image is created with Distress Oxide inks.  I used a mix of  Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint.  I very lightly spritzed with water after blending. I then stamped a texture stamp for the banners in Faded Jeans ink.  Sorta going for the open water feel!  My fish was stamped with Intense Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I blended out the pencils with Gamsol.  The fish was mounted with 3-D foam tape for added dimension.

Being totally honest, this card almost did not make it!  After everything was complete, I only needed to add my sentiment. Hmmm, turned out that was not quite so easy!  I first stamped my sentiment in my go to ink, Intense Black.  The ink on the white cardstock was great, the ink on the Distress Oxides, not so much!  I sorta had a grey/black sentiment going on and was not happy with it!  Thankfully, I was inking my sentiment with my Misti, so the card could be saved!  I reinked the sentiment in Versamark and then applied black embossing powder! Now, I had a sentiment that popped! I added a few black embellishments and called it done!

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3709 Wild and Free Stamp Set/Thin Cut Bundle
D1887 Strokes of an Artist
M1144 Bitty Birthday Sentiments-Retired
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X6047 Black Cardstock
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
Black Embossing Powder-Retired
Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink Stamp Pad
Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink Stamp Pad
Prismacolor Pencils-1092, 1090, 1021, 941
Black Sparkles-Retired

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
CAS on Friday-Boys and their Toys
Creative Crafting Uncles-Sports
Seize the Birthday-Anything Goes w/Optional Sentiment as Focal Point

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hi Allisa, nice card and beautifull collored. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday.

  2. Great masculine card and for a female that fishes too. Maybe you go along with the boys? Excellent coloring on the fish, he looks so real. Thanks for sharing and joining in the fun at Seize the Birthday.
    Barbara DT

  3. Wow this is a great that fish perfect for those who love fishing!!!

  4. Such a gorgeous, masculine card! Don't really like fish, but love your card! Thanks for playing along at CAS on Friday Challenges! Crafty hugs Linda

  5. What a clever use of the sketch, Allisa! This is a perfect guy card for a lover of the great outdoors. Great image, great coloring. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. Wow! You did an amazing coloring job! This fish looks fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

  7. Oh my... your card is amazing! Love the colors you combined and the great fish image!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Creative Crafting Uncles and good luck. Hope you will join us next challenge again.

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