Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Retrosketch #4

As you know, I play along with a lot of challenges. But different challenges pose different, well, challenges for me and it seems to have to do with the amount of direction or limitation in the original challenge.

Sometimes challenges, including colour challenges  - just use these 3 (or whatever) colours..... feel too ethereal. I don't even know where to start.

Many challenges, including inspiration and featured stamper challenges - are just right. Make a card that feels like another card (or another piece of inspiration). You get guidance - colours, layout, tone etc but you're still free to do what you like. 

And then some feel somewhat restrictive - sketch challenges are like that for me sometimes. I always want to try to do something slightly different, but not so far off that I disqualify myself from the challenge.

But when I saw this week's Retrosketch challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. 

I don't know if you've noticed, but there are an awful lot of black cards out there these days. I think that there have been some challenges that asked for black and pastel and I know that the Runway challenge inspiration was a black and floral dress.  So I was also inspired to try something with a lot of black. I know it's not terribly seasonal, but black is often elegant and cool and I want to be elegant and cool, too!

Here's my card (two photos so you can see how I took a different spin on the sketch)

I think this would be fun for a teenage girl!

Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly
Paper: Basic Black, Gina K Pure Luxury White, Sour Apple Bazzill (LOVE the acid green!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, My Favourite Things Die-Namics Dizzy Doilies Duo (smaller die)


Isha said...

Love your take on the sketch.

Jackie Rockwell said...

I agree with you about the differences in challenges. Some come more easily to me than others and some are just that, a CHALLENGE! :) I also like to take a sketch and make it my own as well. I LOVE how you made a dimensional flap. The black and green are striking colors together! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Retrosketches!

Basement Stamper said...

very cool use of the sketch, love how that little flap opens up.

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Oh Ardyth - this is so sleek and gorgeous! Thank you so much for playing with us again this week at RetroSketches, I really appreciate it!