Oceanside Beauty

I probably shouldn’t admit this but lately I don’t get nearly as much time in my stamp room as I would like, so when I get a day to play, I will make as many designs as I can and then slowly over the following month, I post those projects.  When I finally get around to posting some, all I can think is “my word, I made this so long ago, is it still even relevant?”

That is the case with todays cards.  I made these about a month ago (or more) and I am just getting around to posting them.  Thankfully the Occasions catalogue runs until the end of May!

I had seen many people combining the Serene Scenery Designer series paper with the stamp set Beautiful You and decided to give it a go.  I began with a 3″ x 6″ card.  I have to admit that I enjoy creating cards this size and am still disappointed that Stampin’ Up! retired the 3 x 6 envelopes a few years ago  🙁  I’ll just have to use my Envelope Punch board to create my own envelopes for this size.

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Not wanting to detract from the image or the paper, I kept the card front simple by adding only a bit of White Bakers Twine.  I stamped my image on the designer paper in Archival Black Ink.  Using the Watercolour Pencils, I coloured in the image and smoothed out the colour with the Blender Pen. Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped below her feet to add a shadow effect.

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This first card was so quick to make!

The next card was created along the same lines but with a standard size card base (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and I since I have some crazy old embellishments collecting dust, I decided it was time to put them to use!  Do you remember the old hodgepodge hardware?

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I have loads of it AND I still have the coordinating punch for this shape as well!  For some reason I just have not been able to give these up!

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Where the first card had almost no embellishments, I went the opposite on this card.  Not only does it show off the old hardware, but it also has a small strip of retired Lost Lagoon ribbon that I picked up from the Clearance Rack when it was available there.

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Finally on to some current product, I cut a Lace Doily in half and tucked it in behind the designer paper.   You may have noticed in some of my more recent posts that I have been using the Clear Wink of Stella quite a bit.  It adds some a nice shimmer that I can help adding it in where I can.  This oceanside beauty did not escape the power of the Wink of Stella brush!  I’ve found that the lighting in a photo has to be just right to capture the shimmer it leaves because if you look at the first two images of this card, you wouldn’t even know its there.

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I learned while colouring on patterned paper that some colours blend well with the Blender Pen and others (typically the lighter colours) do not blend quite so well, they almost disappear.  So for colours like yellow, you would just colour with the Watercolour Pencil while the bolder colours, blues and greens, you can use the Blender Pen to smooth out the colouring.

Well my goal this weekend is to spend at least an afternoon in the stamp room to create some more designs and hopefully get a video or two filmed.  Fingers crossed!

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