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Thanks: Succulent sketch


September’s challenge over at Seven Hills Crafts is a sketch. One of these days I’ll figure out how to interpret sketches in a novel and interesting way (and still have it recognisable), but today is not that day. Instead, I’ve used the sketch as is, but divided it into layers with the pots at the bottom, the plants that go in the pots in the middle, and the bugs that fly over them at the top.


I stamped the pots, succulents and bugs onto Copic-friendly paper, coloured them with my Copic markers and fussy cut them out.

The sentiment was die cut four times; once from white card, which was then coloured with Inka Gold, and the rest from black card. I stacked these together to give it a bit of dimension.

For the background, I did some single-colour ink blending to colour a piece of woodgrain cardstock. This was fixed to a plain white card base with Scor-tape.

I glued the sentiment flush on the card and popped the pots, plants and bugs up on some foam squares. The final touch was to add a coat of glossy accents to the sentiment and add lots of tiny dots of glossy accents randomly across the background… and then walk away and not touch it again until I was absolutely sure it was dry.



Seven Hills Crafts – September sketch challenge


  • stamps:
    My Favorite Things – sweet succulents
    Hero Arts – love bug
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – scripty thanks
  • inks:
    My Favourite Things – hybrid – black licorice
    Distress ink pad – tea dye
  • colour:
    Inka Gold – copper
  • Copic markers:
    pots – YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27, E99
    succulents – G40, G43, G46, Y11, RV11
    bee – Y11, Y08, G40, N0
    dragonfly – RV11, G40, Y11
    butterfly – RV11, G40, Y11
  • embellishments:
    Ranger – glossy accents
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Tim Holtz – Distress woodgrain cardstock
  • miscellaneous:
    foam squares


4 thoughts on “Thanks: Succulent sketch”

  1. I love this! The woodgrain background is so warm and adds loads of visual texture in the pics, and your colouring is fab. Great idea to add Glossy Accents – and yes, I’ve stuck fingerprints all over it in the past :-/ It always takes about 3 times as long to dry as I remember! Really great take on the Seven Hills sketch 🙂 Esther


  2. Absolutely brilliant take on the sketch – I love the way you’ve done the glossy accent drops and the woodgrain background is perfect. Definitely more inventive than you think! xx


  3. I absolutely love your card… the woodgrain background just sets those images off perfectly 🙂 Fab colouring skills and I might just have to try that woodgrain paper out now 😉
    Thanks for playing along with our challenge this month at Seven Hills Crafts 🙂
    Jenny x


  4. Wow! Unreal amazing card. your colouring is incredible. love how fresh your design is. Thanks so much for playing along with Seven Hills Crafts this month x


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