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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I had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it. I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain. I definitely am on the side of more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.
Let’s start with the stars though! I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!). I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs. I haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!
I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder. I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder . The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.
I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.
The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years! I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.
I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!
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Summer makes me think of flowers and brilliant colors. I made a sparkly flower card for Mother’s Day, but this card could easily be transformed into a thank you, birthday, or just a general hello card with a switch of the sentiment.
Die cutting and glitter are really popular right now, and I found another way to achieve those looks, especially if you are in a hurry. I found some gorgeous glittery paper from Michael’s, and I used my Martha Stewart flower punch to create a glittery die cut look without sprinkling any glitter. I also used my Spellbenders floral ovals dies to help create the sentiment.
The glitter stays put and you get a dramatic statement for your card. The nice thing about using glitter is that the rest of your card can be pretty simple since the main attraction is that glittery element.
Last, but not least, I used silver embossing to create the sentiment and the hearts. I die cute the hearts using my Big Shot, and then double embossed the hearts using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I just used my tweezers and embossed the heart once and the let it cool and them embossed it again to get a more textured raised look to the cardstock heart. You could also temporarily adhere the hearts to cardboard and emboss that way so the hearts don’t move on you. I couldn’t resist adding a bit more bling and adhered two jewels to the hearts.
QUICK TIP: When double embossing make sure the embossing has time to dry. If you touch it too soon you will smudge and crease the embossed area and it will ruin the nice smooth image. This was part of the reason why I added the jewels. I learned this the hard way. Although I will say it was a happy accident. 🙂
I used a pre-made 5X& notecard, but you could easily use any notecard or create your own notecard using cardstock and the Martha Stewart Score board. I love using floral designs in my cards and they add a touch of elegance to any project. Give it a try!