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Rainbow Bear

Rainbow Bear

Hi All!

I’m back with another card that uses the sketch for the May Challenge. Once again, here is the sketch:

May Challenge Sketch

I colored my bear with Copic markers and used rainbow washi tape to create a fun background strip. Here is a close-up:

Rainbow Bear

I hope you’re getting inspired for the challenge! Enjoy your weekend.


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
White strip 1 x x 5 1/2 inches 2.5 x 14 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Copic sketch markers used: bear (C4, C2, C1); umbrella (R22, R27, YR04, YR09, Y11, Y15, YG06, YG09, B12, B24, B2)

Ellen Hutson All Inside
Ellen Hutson All Inside
Ellen Hutson Bear Ware
Ellen Hutson Bear Ware
Hi There, Bear
Hi There, Bear
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Little B Rainbox Washi Tape
Little B Rainbox Washi Tape
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
ekTools Craft Knife
ekTools Craft Knife
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 6:49 am


    Thanks, Darlene! Your card for today has given me some ideas for my own Challenge Card this month. I like the way you used the Washi tape and tied in the rainbow colours on the tape with rainbow colours on the umbrella. Very clever!

  2. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Pat Wortham


  3. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Pat Wortham

    Another cute idea Darlene!

  4. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 1:13 pm


    super cute!

  5. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 1:35 pm


    Cute card!

  6. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 1:37 pm


    Cute card! I have a question about the sketch. Does the bottom layer have to be a solid color? I haven’t done sketch challenges before and I’m not sure I understand the rules.

    • wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 3:14 pm


      Cheryl, generally in sketch challenges, the elements don’t have to match perfectly. For instance, anything that is solid in the sketch can be patterned, and vice versa. Shapes can differ, too, like the starfish Darlene substituted for the circle in her card on Tuesday. The sketch is just a basic guideline. Of course, you should be able to “see” the sketch in the finished card design, if that makes sense. I’m sure Darlene will chime in to confirm, and maybe clarify! 😺 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 4:25 pm


        Thx Andrea!

    • wrote on May 8th, 2018 at 10:17 pm


      So sorry for chiming in late, Cheryl. For some reason I thought I had responded already. Anyway… yes, what Andrea says explains it perfectly. There are already a number of entries – check them out to see it in action. 🙂

  7. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 1:39 pm


    Too cute! I like it.

  8. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 2:03 pm


    Darlene, I love the expression on that bear. So cute!! Love it.

  9. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 3:16 pm


    I love how you echoed the rainbow colors from the washi tape in the umbrella. I also like how the neutral tones in the bear, greeting, & background really make the bright colors pop. Thank you for sharing your artwork, Darlene! Have a wonderful weekend! 😺 ~ Andrea

  10. wrote on May 4th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Carol Mac

    This is so cute! I bought that washi tape when I saw a previous video of yours and love it! It’s very bright! Thanks for another idea for the sketch challenge. Like Cheryl, I have never done a sketch card so this challenge will be fun! Thanks Andrea too! 😎

  11. wrote on May 6th, 2018 at 3:41 pm


    I so love this bear and I love the whole layout with the striped panel and the bear standing on the sentiment. Well thought out Darlene (as usual!!). Thank you.

  12. wrote on May 6th, 2018 at 8:02 pm


    Super cute card!

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