Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Another Brick in the Wall...." Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge" #45

It's another Sunday!! Gee do ya think I could EVER pick another post day? This weeks sketch challenge made me think immediately of a brick wall. Now, anyone that follows my blog knows a simple paper wall just wouldn't do. I created 2 versions of this wall using embossing paste and a cardstock template. I translated the size of the bricks using a ruler to best fit my square card front. Next I recreated the "sketch" using my KNK Groove die cutter software. I cut the template out of 120# cardstock. This weight gave me a little deeper grid. Using a spatchula (sp), I applied the embossing paste over the entire template/grid and made sure I left some raised sections on each brick to simulate real bricks. The terracotta colored bricks were made by dying the white paste with SU reinkers ( 3 drops really rust, 1 drop chocolate chip). Gesso was painted on some of the terracotta brick for an "old brick" effect. The sketch challenge details can be found HERE.  Below are the 2 versions of my card and a few closeups.

The Details:

Paper:   7 Gypsies "Umbria", SU Really Rust, Neenah Solar Crest #120

Ink:       SU Rally Rust, Ranger "Vintage Photo" and "Rusty Hinge", White Gesso
            Copic Markers ( E95, YR21, YG11, YG99, YG17)

Other:   Prima Roses, MM frame, computer generated sentiment, Sizzix (acetate flourishes), Sizzix vine
             Butterfly from Michael's (airbrushed), Kaiser pearls, airbrushed gems, Stickles (diamond).

Thanks for looking and have a great week!



  1. So gorgeous, and tons of work and creativity to bring these artworks to life. You have incredible talent my friend, and I am so pleased to have discovered your blog through MM. This is certainly a favorite of mine this week. No surprise there ;)


  2. Amazing!!!! one of my favorites so far this week.. WOW WOW WOW!! I am almost speachless. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge blog. I wanted to just let you know that the MMSC46 Sneak Peek has been posted.
    MMSC Hostess

  3. Hi Holly - wow - this is amazing, you have ceratinly made a brick wall - it is fabulous and so-o-o creative!! I love both versions, and the flowers growing up the walls! your butterflies are a great touch! This is a favourite with me! I am so glad you played along this week with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we appreciate your support and we love seeing your 'works of the heart' See you again next week! (((hugs)))
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  4. Holly, you put so much work into making your brick wall, and it most certainly shows. WOW, really looks like brick!! Flowers growing up the wall are beautiful, as well as your butterfly. Can't decide which on I like best, they are both equally wonderful! So glad you played along with the sketch this week and shared your cards with us for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. AWESOME take on the sketch!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MMSC March Guest

  5. Holly, this is a piece of artwork!!! I am enthralled with how you created the brick background. What a captivating technique. What an awesome card complete with spectacular embellishments!!! Exceptional work!!! Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  6. These are just FAAAAAB!!!! So inspiring, what an amazing idea! I LOVE your cards Holly.