Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dreaming of the Sand & Surf

It's finally summertime, and I constantly find myself dreaming of and longing for the beach. I probably won't make it there this summer, but I can connect to the beach in other ways... Say like stamps & paper!? Yep, yesterday in my ever longing for the sand & surf, I created a beautiful card that screams BEACH PLEASE! :) I started out intending to create a card with a mermaid on it.. When I first saw the Striped Scalloped Thinlit in the new cattie, my initial thought was mermaid, beach, & fish. However, my card took on a life of it's own! Perhaps, this weekend I'll try to crank out that mermaid card that's still swimming around in my head, but for now, I am very pleased on where this card took me, right to the white sand. 

Like I said, I started out to make a mermaid card, so I began with just Silver Foil Paper and the Striped Scallop Thinlit. I cut that out, set the "scales" aside (I'll use those on another card), :) then layered my scallops onto Coastal Cabana Cardstock with just a little adhesive around the edges and a couple of spots in the middle. With not much thought into where I went next, I picked up my Vellum Cardstock, and layered that on top of the silver scallops. I made the vellum a bit bigger than the Coastal Cabana piece that way I could fold it over the sides and glue it to the back (don't want icky adhesive showing through my vinyl). 
Next up, I began layering flags to the top right. I used Coastal Cabana, Lost Lagoon, and Pool Party for my colors. I added a vellum flag, and a watercolored flag with the same colors using my Aqua Painter. I also embossed my Lost Lagoon flag with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder since it has that same sort of scalloped look. And wouldn't you know, I just realized as I'm typing this that my color palette itself screams ocean--Coastal, Cabana, Lagoon, Pool! How funny is that!? :) Anyway, I arranged those flags on my vellum, only applying adhesive to the top of the flags that way they could "fly" freely. 

Now this is where the mermaid doesn't come in. :) I intended to add a mermaid somewhere about this point into the card, but I just couldn't envision where to put it after I added all my flags, so I decided to just worry about that on another car. So I began adding a little ribbon. I started with the Silver 1/8" Ribbon, and layered a few pieces on top of my flags. Next, I decided my surf needed a little sand, so I went for my Burlap Ribbon. I saw on Kimberly Van Diepen's Blog where she used her Large Scallop Edgelit on Burlap Ribbon and loved it so I HAD to give it a shot! It was the PERFECT addition to my card, matched well with the "scalloped" theme, and was exactly what I needed to add a little "sand" to my blues. I frayed the edges of the scallops a bit, and attached it to my card with sticky strip. 

My card was finally coming together, but needed just a little more pop, so I added the Silver Basic Metal Buttons and a knot of Silver Baker's Twine. Finally, I was ready for a sentiment. I used the new photopolymer sets Endless Birthday Wishes and Project Life Day to Day, and stamped them directly onto the vellum using Black Stazon. I love these two very distinct fonts together. The "hello" gives it the perfect playful attitude of summer. Lastly, I layered all of that onto a Watercolor Paper base. I loved that as a base since it is a bit sturdier than basic Whisper White Cardstock.

Creating this card didn't exactly cure my urge for the beach, but it sure makes being home a lot more bearable! :) I have many more summery & beachy projects up my sleeve so make sure you check back for more, along with lots more themes! Thank you for stopping by today. P.S. Are you headed to the beach anytime soon? Can I tag along? :)
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