C4C 404 A Baby Interactive Card

 

C4C 404 – An interactive card challenge

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This weeks challenge was to make an interactive card.  There are so many options for cards in this category.  Just search Pinterest and other social sharing sites and you’ll see how many there are!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I was asked by one of my salon customers to make a card for the new baby in her family.  I made a card similar to this one for my niece when we all found out she was pregnant and so decided to use this same Silhouette file for the inside of my card.  It’s called “Baby Crib Pop Up Card”.  I cut the blue Gingham wallpaper, the crib, shelf, and blocks from this file.

Step 2:  From Silhouette file “a2 Step Card Baby Dresser”  I cut the dresser, and hanging onezy.   I cut the teddy bear from Silhouette file “Just hanging (teddy bear)”.

Step 3:  Make the window with this die from Spellbinders:  Cut the top part off:

Then color with Copic markers.  Cut a 2×2″ square from white cardstock and sponge with PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencil “Clouds and Grass”.  I used a branch I trimmed off of  this die from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1006 – Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom.  The bird is from her 1012 – CountryScapes – Critters 2 and the tiny ivy is from her 1036 – CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Clematis, Ivy.  Attach to the sponged clouds 2×2″ square as pictured.

Cut a 2×2″ square of “Film Transparency”.  Glue to the back of the cut and colored window and adhere this pc. to the pc. above.

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Stamp the curtain valance onto the same blue gingham cardstock used to cut the wallpaper.  Then cut with the valance die.  This set includes the stamps and dies.

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Adhere this valance to the top of the completed window piece.

Step 4:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock in half and score at 6″ on one half along the 12″ side.  Fold the card at the score line and begin to assemble the inside.

With Elizabeth Craft Designs Blossom Layering Stencil and baby blue ink stencil the top half of the inside of the card.

With 10mm clear double sided adhesive attach the wallpaper to the bottom of the insides of the card.  Adhere the crib piece to the card.  Then add all the other decorator items as pictured above.

Step 5:  To create the front of the card, first using the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 – Stitched Squares, cut out of white ECD Soft Finish Cardstock 85lbStencil clouds using the same PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and the “Clouds and Grass” stencil.  Cover the entire card as shown.

Step 6:  In word, I spelled out the baby’s name with enough space between the letters to cut them out with the 2 banner dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs  – 778 -Lots of Pops.  Print this word file onto 65lb. cardstock and cut the banners by placing these little banner dies over each letter.  Fold each cut banner over a piece of white bakers twine and glue the two lower pointy ends together.  (Don’t glue the top of the banner where it folds over the twine yet so that you can still slide them on the twine).  Leave an extra 2″ of the twine on each end, of each name.

 

Step 7:  Cut the Hot Air Balloon Pieces from white cardstock using this die set:

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Color with Copic Markers as shown using B21, 23,24 and Y08.

Using the die set below cut all the pieces from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers:

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Glue the “little bunny” (with the hang tag cut off) in the Hot Air Balloon as shown after you cut off the two inside (what looks like the ropes that attach the basket to the balloon) pieces.

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Stamp the sentiment on a piece of white scrap cardstock from this stamp set:

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Cut out the stamped sentiment with the smallest of labels in this set:

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Sponge the edges with the same AquaMarine Blue PanPastel.

Cut out 1 large and 2 small clouds out of white scrap cardstock from this die set:

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Sponge the edges like the label above.

Step 8:  Drape the Baby’s first name banner over the top left corner of the stenciled cloud square.  Put a dimensional dot behind the top of each banner making an arc.  Glue the points of the banner down with a dot of glue.  Tape the ends of the twine behind this cloud layer.  Do the same for the baby’s middle name but tape the twine at the start of these banners under where the sentiment label will be.  Adhere the sentiment over the end as pictured with dimensional squares.

Step 9:  Adhere the assembled “balloon/bunny and clouds” piece as shown and tape the other end of the twine under the above pc.

Step 10:  Adhere the above completed scene to the front of the pop up card being careful to have the card open like a book.

Step 11:  I was initially going to add a scalloped edge around the above step but in the end used the negative around the edge because it looked more boyish and also went with the pointy ends of the banners:

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Optional:  I wanted the new mother to know how much I enjoyed making this card so created a message and adhered it to the back of a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs “Through the Lens” 6×6″ cardstock “Stone”.  This pc. becomes the floor when the card is displayed open.:

That’s it!  For you that is!  Since I made this card the same customer of mine ordered another one just like this one!!  Yikes!  Here it is:

Thanks so much for taking a look. I  love reading your comments!

C4C 403 Sketch Challenge

Come join us for this weeks sketch challenge!

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!

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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

C4C – 402 Make it with Glitter!

 

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This week over at Crazy4Challenges the theme is “Use lots of glitter”.  The very first time I went to the big Craft Expo I took a workshop that was called “Make your own Glitter Paper”.  I was fascinated with that title.  Actually, it turned out to be the class where I first heard about Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Below is what we made in this workshop.

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I didn’t love the finished project but I did love learning about ECD Peel off Stickers with this glitter technique.  The kit for the project included: the scalloped red oval, the white oval, the metallic red rose embossed but not yet sanded, a little packet of glitter, a coffee filter, a 3 x 3″ square of white cardstock and two rose stickers still attached to the backing paper.

The Steps

Step 1:  Adhere a piece of white cardstock large enough for 3 of the hat stickers to ECD Double Sided Adhesive.  Peel off the adhesive backing to half of this piece.  Sprinkle ECD  Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond.  Now peel off the other half of the backing paper and sprinkle this half with the same glitter.  With a soft brush, brush the excess off and polish the glittered cardstock with your finger in circular motion.  This pushes this ULTRA fine glitter into the tiny little places you can’t see and it will amaze you how much shinier the glitter gets.

Step 2:  Peel off 3 of these stickers with a pair of reverse tweezers and lay them over the above prepared glitter paper.  Take something with a smooth surface and press over the stickers while moving in a slow circular motion to maker sure the stickers are well glued down.

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Color with Copic Markers: N0, 2, 4 R22, 24, 27, G02, 05.  Fussy cut the hats out.

Step 3:  What looks like a red glitter mat is made by cutting a rectangle that          measures 5 x 6.5″ from white cardstock.  Next, apply ECD 10mm Double sided Adhesive to all four edges.  Over a coffee filter peel off backing paper one side at a time and sprinkle with ECD Microfine Glitter True Red.  Again as before, brush off the excess glitter and polish with your finger.  Repeat on all four sides.

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Step 4:  Make a base card by creating the sentiment on your computer in the “Landscape” layout centering all of the text.  Then print on 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  Score this at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim this folded card to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 3 pc. to the front of this base card.

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle out of Designer paper that measures 4.75 x 6.25″ and adhere to the red glittered pc.   I chose this dark gray and white pinstripe paper because it reminded me of a blazer I wore for a  “Head Shot” photo session when I was only 45 and had just been hired as a Marketing Manager.

Step 6:  Make another piece of white cardstock 1 x 4″and cover with  ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive and leaved the backing on.  Using ECD 783 – Happy Birthday cut the front card sentiment by placing the cutting side of the die on the side of this pc. of without adhesive.  Now pull off the backing of this sentiment and sprinkle with the same Cool Diamond glitter as above.

Step 7:  Adhere the “hats” and “Happy Birthday” as shown to the front of the card.

That’s It!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll try one of your own.  I love to read your comments and/or questions.

Other products used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Tweezers from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Flower Shaping Tool Kit

 

C4C 401 By the Sea

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This weeks challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to use the ocean or the beach as our inspiration.  A while back I found a card that I loved and wanted to make one like it.  Here is Beverly Polen’s card:

Inspired by Beverly Polen from Pinterest

So this was the perfect time to give this a try.  I already had very similar dies and products so I had no more excuses.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I began with the background.  I used my favorite stencil for skies and clouds by Susan Tierney Cockburn named “Cloud and Grass”.  Susan has a YouTube video demonstrating how to effectively use this stencil.  I used this stencil and PanPastel UltraMarine Pastel to fill a little less than 1/3 of the top half of the cardstock rectangle that measures 5.5 x 7″

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Using the same color PanPastel I started coloring an ocean.  Before I got to far down I colored the beach with PanPastel’s Raw Umber and Diarylide Yellow.  Next I brought down the sky to meet up with the beach.  At the point that the sky and beach meet I used a product called Snow Writer by DecoArt to create what I thought looked like sea foam and also made some incoming waves.

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Step 2:  Make all the elements that will make up the ocean scene:

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I didn’t use everything but I wanted to have some options.  I used elements from these die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

I cut everything out of white cardstock.  I do this so I can cut a lot of dies in one run  through the die cutting machine and the assembled elements need to look realistic.

Step 3:  Start to create the scene by adhering the assembled elements to the background piece.  Here’s where I ran into trouble.  I wanted some of my elements to be on the frame like Beverly’s inspiration card but after I had glued things in place I realized I didn’t have nested dies large enough to make a rectangle frame.  I do own a Silhouette Cameo and could have made a frame but I went the old school way:

I cut half inch strips of 100lb white cardstock and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.  I dug into my paper only trash and found the negative from the mat and used just the four corners to back the corners for my frame.  Also, I realized where I planned to put the “Light House” I didn’t have enough “beach” on the lower left side of my background piece.  I didn’t want the light house to look like it was in the middle of the ocean so I got out another die set:

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The die pc. in this set above, in the lowest left hand corner creates the stones for this wall.  I used these pieces to make a stone sea wall for the light house.  Some of the stones I glued to the background and some to the frame around the Light house as shown.  The Sea Gull and the banded drift wood is glued to the background piece as well as the flying gulls.  I then added the “pussy willow” in the lower left corner on the frame.  The “chain is glued across the bottom of the frame and behind the “light house.  The “Anchor” is from the light house die set.  The “Corner” dies on the two upper corners are from this set:

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Step 4:  Once the frame was completed I attached it to the background on foam dimension dots and that completes this card.

Thank you so much for Beverly’s card I had pinned on Pinterest for inspiring my card.

Thanks to all that took the time to take a look and maybe try one of your own.

 Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C 400 Make a Card to Cheer Up Someone

Well, coffee and anything chocolate always does the trick for me!

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Joset Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs makes the cutest die sets.  I have collected them for a while now.  I used four of her sets for this card:

I always start most projects by cutting out a lot of stuff:

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The base card measures 5.5″ x 6.5″.

THE STEPS

  1. Cut a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white ECD Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 6.5″ x 11″.  Score on the long side of the 6.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold.
  2. Cut a pc. of designer paper 5.25″ x 6.25″.  I  chose this one by Reflections at Michael’s Craft store:2017-08-16 13.45.59
  3. Cut out of pink cardstock using the largest die in ECD 1120 – Stitched Rectangles.
  4. Cut out of light lavender cardstock using the largest die in ECD 1174 Dotted Rectangles.  Stamp sentiment in the upper left hand corner of the lavender mat.
  5. Cut the pieces for the “Ice Cream Cone”, “Tea Cup” “”Small Cupcake” and “Cake Stand” from white cardstock and the decorator pcs. from pink cardstock.  Color the “cupcakes”, “cupcake wrappers”, “chocolate layer” of cone and “drips” and the “coffee” with Copic Markers.  Assemble as shown.
  6. Using ECD Peel off Stickers, outline the designer paper layer with silver circle lines as shown.

That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look!  I love to read your comments!  Please follow me!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm & 10mm.  “The Best Things” clear stamps set from Susan Tierney Cockburn

White Gel Pen (cream swirl in coffee)

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C398

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A card for Jeanine

Over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week our theme is “Monochromatic” like shades of blue, green or in my case, shades of purple.  You can accent with white or black. This card was made for the other hairdresser in the salon we work at, Jeanine!  Last week, my premier week as a designer on the team over at the “Crazies”, I made a card for my sisters for their support.  This week, I need to thank my work partner Jeanine.  She has encouraged and supported me through a lot!  We’ve worked together going on 14yrs.!

The Steps:

  Believe it or not, I only used two die sets for this card by Elizabeth Craft Designs:      1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares and 1020 – Susan’s Garden – Hydrangea

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This week’s commercial:  I just love this Fitted Frames series.  It doesn’t show well in the picture above on the left, but all the frames pictured in the set are cut with one pass through the die cutter!  These sets of frames come in Squares, Rectangles, Circles and Ovals.  I admit when I first saw these I thought “Well that seems like a waste of card stock when you only want one frame”.  However, if you cut them with a piece of white cardstock then you have a supply of frames that you can color any color you need.  You can stencil or do a cool ink Oxide on paper and then cut them out. Or, color each one a different color to go with a designer print paper.  The ways you can use these are endless.  But you also get some cute little shapes with them.  I used the heart that comes out of each cut to decorate the inside of the card.

Step 1:  I cut the frames out of 3 colors of purple and just set them aside.

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Step 2:  Cut all the pieces from the “Hydrangea” die set.  I cut two bases (the weird oval shapes in the same color as the frame in the upper left of the above picture).  I also cut the square pc. in the set, which is what cuts all the petals, 3 times in this same pale lavender cardstock.  I cut the 3 leaf pieces 3 times from this pale lavender and 3 times from white cardstock.

Step 3:  Decide what will be the components of the card:

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I want to draw your attention to the assembled Hydrangea in the above photo.  I started out with just larger leaves on either side of the flower but hated it.  So I decided to just put leaves all around the flower which I think turned out better.  (Just thought it would help to see sometimes things go wrong.  Don’t panic, most mistakes can be fixed without starting over!)

Step 4:  There is an assembly video by Susan Tierney Cockburn on YouTube on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel under Susan’s Garden.  I always highly recommend watching an assemble video if available whenever you get a new die set.  It can save you so much frustration.  Shape all the pieces of the hydrangea and assemble per Susan’s video. But first cut a dark purple square the same size as the only “stitched square”.  Glue the “stitched square” over this purple square.  This sandwich is what you will build the “hydrangea” on.  After I veined all the leaves I added PanPastel Violet to all the leaves both light lavender and white.  After the whole flower/leaves were all glued in place I squeezed a drop of glue here and there and added some “Express-o Yourself” Prills.  I then took a soft paint brush, just as in the video and lightly added a little of the “bright green” PanPastel she mentions, that is actually called “Bright Yellow Green” by the brand.

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Step 5: The last step!  Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ White 100 lb. ECD Soft Finish cardstock in half.  Create the base by taking one of the 6 x 12 and scoring at 6″ on the long side.  Cut a printed designer cardstock square mat that measures 5 3/8″ square.  Adhere to the front of the base card.  Cut a pale lavender sq. that measures 5 1/8″.  Adhere to the previous “designer print” mat.  Now add the 3 “Wavy Frames” starting with the largest to the smallest.  Then adhere the “Stitched Flower”  square pc. to the center as shown.  I added a little tag sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love comments and hope you’ll follow my blog.  I respond to all comments and any questions regarding crafting with paper, personally.

Other Products Used:

Cardstock from Michael’s:

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Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12 x12 White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm  and “General Sentiments” Clear Stamp set.

Spellbinders:  The little “For You” sentiment.

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Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix: Big Shot Plus

 

 

A card challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges

Stamps and stencils layered!

 

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Challenge #C4C395

Crazy 4 Challenges launches a new challenge every Saturday.  Each designer on their team takes turns deciding what the “theme” of the week will be.  This last Sat. was “Hammock Day” according to The Days of the Year Calendar.  So this weeks challenge was to make a card that depicted “Relaxation”.

I’ve had this cute stamp set for a little while now but hadn’t used it.  It’s from Art Impressions:

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I decided that the 3 ladies on folding chairs certainly looked like they’re relaxing!  I decided to have them at the beach front retirement community.  I imagined in my head, they were watching younger men walk by.  LOL! 

The Steps:  Stamps and stencils layered!

Step 1:  I Stamped the 3 ladies on 6.75 x 4.75″ White Copic Marker Paper using a Misti and Black Archival Ink.  I colored them with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Again, I got to use Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencils:

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It was very easy to use the stencils over my colored image step because you can see through them.  I taped them in place and taped on top of the stencils where my ladies were with temporary tape:

 

 

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The above photo shows after I put in the clouds and the sand mounds.  I colored with PanPastels using these two stencils then filled in the sand dunes with the same color but with a lighter touch.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. (details of products at end of this post).

Step 3: Die Cut the palm tree and coconuts out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs 987 – Palm Tree & Pail by Karen Burniston. 

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I colored all of the cut tree pieces with Copic Markers and shaped them with the medium ball tool out of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Tool Kit.  I adhered the assembled Palm Tree gluing only the bottom of the trunk to the card and putting 3 foam dots to the underside of the tree (under the coconuts area)  to give it more dimension.

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I cut the little star fish using a little die that was a “gift with purchase” from Gina Marie Designs using cream scrap cardstock and colored with PanPastels:

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Step 4:  Cut a black piece of cardstock 5 x 7″ and adhere your finished scene to this black mat.  Make a base card that measures 5.25 x 7.25″ when folded and adhere the matted scene to the front of the card base.  That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look.  I hope you’ll join this fun card challenge.  Again, they always have a new one on Saturdays.

I answer all questions from the comments section below past the products list personally.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Stencils:  Behind the Scene Stencils: Cloud & Grass and Snowstorm and Mounds.

PanPastels:  Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue

Copic Sketch Markers

Misti

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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