I found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!
I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
Here is a close up of this cute file. I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error. Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.
I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.
I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.
I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily. I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.
The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s. I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.
QUICK TIP: I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!” I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!
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