Ahhh, I was really tired when I was making this card. I had a very busy day doing all the grocery shopping and other errands yesterday. While making this card, which I started about 10pm...by the time 1am rolled around, my husband wakes me up while my head was on the table. Weird! Oh well, after I woke up, I continued on with my card. I really like doing the inspiration challenges early so I can have my Saturdays with my kids. Thanks so much for posting the challenge early.
Here is my story:
The inspiration challenge was from this online store called Room Service. Here is the wall plaque I cased: http://www.roomservicehome.com/prodi...number=ha14508. I wanted to try the technique using rubbing alcohol with a scrub sponge that Sumtoy had on her card "On the Shore". Her wonderful gallery is here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...p;ppuser=90220. At first I tried the brayer....wasted quite of few glossy papers too. I need lessons on that technique. Anyhow, I bought the sponge like Sumtoy suggested at the Dollar Tree (green/blue type with the rough side). I used the reinkers for the blue and the brown and applied it onto a baby wipe. Let soak. I dabbed my sponge onto the wipe and onto the glossy paper with an even amount of pressure. I tore a piece of paper for the top of the water to give it more of a wave look. I got the idea from someone for the clouds using a scallop circle punch and sponged also. I'm sorry, I can't remember who that was. This is where the tricky parts come in. I had to really boggle my brain because I didn't really have any beach stamps, except for shells. I stamped the top branches from using a half of a tree and masked for a little longer branch. The little tree is from a Christmas tree stamp, I just cut off the ornaments and some branches. Once stamped onto white c/s, I went back over it using a chalk pencil. Cut out carefully. I also stamped some grass. I hand wrote the sentiment on vellum and also made the birds with a calligraphy pen. I don't know if I like the vellum showing, so I may take it off and try else. My husband thought of the twine around the frame. It's wrapped around a popsicle stick with tacky tape. I split the stick in half and cut to size. They are also held on with tacky tape. The shells I stamped with distress brown ink, embossed them, and cut out. Mounted. I made the b/g stripes by cutting just the white. It is mounted onto a lighter blue for the base card. I really wanted to use the same color as the picture, but I didn't have that color in c/s. This was really quite the challenge for me but I had fun doing it. Thank you for looking. Have a wonderful Saturday.
I think I went overboard, what do you think?
Sorry for the tiny smudge mark where the "m" and the "e" are. It's on my camera chip, so please look past that. I haven't had time to take my camera to the shop. Thank you!
I am going to go rest my eyes and my poor back.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009 GMT Views: 1308
Registered: October 2, 2006 Location: Brockville Posts: 1138
Sat, Feb 28, 2009 @ 5:57 AM
Very cool card! Your work sure shows!!!! Wow and you made the frame too!!!! Very clever use of stamps for something other than what they were intended to be used for with your masking and cutting! Love your card. It feels very beachy to me. TFS!!!