Sketch Starter #004 Masculine Watercolor Cards

Apr 25, 2020Birthday Cards, Hello, Just Because & For You Cards, Masculine Cards2 comments

Sketch Starter #004 Masculine Watercolor Cards

Apr 25, 2020Birthday Cards, Hello, Just Because & For You Cards, Masculine Cards2 comments

Let’s ramp up this weekend with a sketch!

I have another Sketch Starter for you today. I hope you are enjoying this new series as much as I do! I’ve been sending out a lot of cards lately (go figure!) and I know that they say that “creativity never gets used up”, but it certainly feels like it sometime! That’s where a good sketch comes in 😀 This time, I’ve got a real fun one!

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Watercolor for a Masculine Style

Both projects feature the new Watercolor Essential 12 pan set. It is 12 colors from the original 32 pan set. I pulled in two of the greens (and mixed to make a 3rd shade) along with black (watered down to make a beautiful gray) for both of today’s projects. It was the perfect medium to make these projects quintessential masculine.

Stars for Guys

For my first project, I used Faceted Stars for the backdrop. The angles made in the repeating pattern were a perfect match for the sketch. To make the sketch line super obvious, I went grayscale on the right, and added pops of color to the left. The central square element was critical to letting the sentiment pop.

Freestyle & Flip

For the second design, I flipped the sketch on end and went totally freestyle with my background. I added in an angled line with pencil. Measuring the same distance (1 1/2″) from each end helped to make sure the line was even. I masked off the line and added in the stripes on one side. Then I filled in the other side to compete the look. to keep the beautiful background as visible as possible, I used a piece of vellum for the square element. The rest of the design didn’t need much, so a simple black telephone with sentiment (It’s For You stamp set) finished it off.

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Sketch Starters with Nicole #004

Now that we’ve walked through a bit of each project, let’s dive into the video!

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Don’t forget that as a part of this series, I am hosting a monthly challenge GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is use the current challenge sketch and upload or link to your project using the sketch. You could win a $15 gift certificate from Altenew! There’s just a few days left to the current challenge, so share your sketch-inspired projects! The current entries are listed below…

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