Faux Urban Sketching

feb mood board

Hi all! It’s the first of the month and so a new challenge starts over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog and for this month. We have a wonderful mood board to inspire you, which is all about love, love for your family, for your husband, wife, siblings, friends, dogs, food… so lets celebrate LOVE this month!

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I was inspired by the black and grey a little everywhere on the mood board to use the cute raccoon from Hero arts Love Bandit stamp set. The layout of my card was inspired by Oscar from Sesame street; do you remember how he was always popping out of his neighbourhood trash bin to talk? So I used the Hero Arts Paper layering neighbourhood die to set the background for Oscar my Raccoon!

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I first embossed the die onto a white card stock by using 2 home made embossing pads made from cheap mouse pads layered into my Big Shot Plus. I then cut it with the outline die from the same set and proceeded to give it a faux urban sketching look with my Tombow calligraphy pen, although any fine point black pen will do, and my Zig clean color watercolor brushes. Its so easy and you can’t go wrong! I made a short video to show you how easy it is to give it that sketchy watercolour look. You can find it at the end of my post.

hero arts love bandit cu

While my embossed neighbourhood was drying, I water-coloured the background of my card base and little Oscar the raccoon with my Zigs again. I added the Neighbourhood diecut to the card and Oscar and his bin in front of it with foam tape. The sentiment from the same Love bandit set was stamped with Hero Arts black ink.

As promised, here is the video of my faux urban sketching. Easy isn’t it? No talent required! Well I hope you liked my card and that you will be inspired to join in our February challenge. There’s a digi stamp up for grabs and if you use any Hero Arts or Sugartree products, the prize is a $20 gift voucher to the a2z Scrapbooking store! Don’t forget to use my personal code Gwendolyn15 to get a 15% discount on any purchase $25 and above and if they don’t have it in stock, you can custom order it!

Thanks for stopping by and I really enjoy reading your comments so thanks for taking the time to do so.

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I’m also sharing this with:

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take It Make it challenge – Anything Goes

sssmchallengeSimon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Love is in the air

a blog named heroA Blog named Hero – Crafter’s choice

2crafty critter2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge – Anything Goes

cardz 4 guysCards 4 Guyz – Something beginning with T -Trashcan!

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes


15 thoughts on “Faux Urban Sketching

  1. This is absolutely fabulous! And as usual, you have given me something entirely new to feel inspired by and get excited about. The way you did the cityscape is nothing short of genius. So simple, yet visually stunning. You are always trying new things and introducing new techniques. Thank you so much for sharing your skills with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  2. A great card and a well done “how-to” video, Gwendolyn. I love that beautifully coloured abstract watercoloured cityscape in the background. Perfect to compliment that adorable little Raccoon and the garbage bin which he’s plundering. The sentiment is a perfect play on the constant reference to raccoons as bandits and, of course, Valentine’s. Love it! Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

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  3. Gwendolyn, your faux urban sketching card is a real eye catcher!!! I like how the background is a watercolor abstract technique, while cute little Oscar in the foreground is more sharp and refined. Thank you for sharing your technique video and your great card with us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges! -Donna

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