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

A Background scene made entirely with stencils!

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I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale.  Which was a fab surprise!  The picture below is Susan’s card.

Inspire by Susan

Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers!  But, the point of this blog is the journey!  I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could).  First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river.  Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.

Here are the stencils that I used:

The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass,  Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.

Here’s how I made this card:

As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.

Step 1:  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square.  Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

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The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.

Step 2:  The above picture is the first thing I did.  Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil  and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones.  Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape,  I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.

Step 3:  Above pictured, I added the  “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner.  Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.

2017-07-13 19.02.30Step 4:  In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”

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Step 5:  This photo is the finished scene.  I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..

Step 6:  My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the  1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene.  It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:

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But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains.  But I had already cut and colored it.  By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink.  I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.

Step 7:  I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece.  I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.

Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:

Step 8:  Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.

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Step 9:  To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half.  Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.

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Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″.  In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood.  Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with.  Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:

I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1

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 and attached to the front of this panel as shown.

Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card.  (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.

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I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer.  Easy fix!

Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:

 That’s it!

A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:

Thank so much for taking a look.  As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying.  Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

PH NEUTRAL PVA glue

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Hampton Art brown ink pad

Make your own Designer paper with stencils.

This week I wanted to use some die sets I bought back in November at the Scrapbook Expo and hadn’t used yet!  I know you’re thinking “For the love of God girl, it’s almost the 4th of July!”  Well, I’ve been busy with holiday, birthday and specific commissioned cards.  I must say, I’ve really developed a love for everything Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I’m crazy for her “Country Scapes” collection.   The die set I’ve been anxious to use is 1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard pictured below:

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I also think it’s about time I sang the praises of stencils!  If I’m making a card with an outdoor scene for the front or inside of a card, I pull out two things first.  Susan’s Cloud and Grass stencil.  I use it so much I don’t why I even put it away.  And the other is my PanPastels.

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I used to look for designer paper of the sky and others for grass.  Sometimes you want the “cute” look rather than a realistic look and that’s what I think designer paper is great for.  But, if you’re trying to create a realistic look, this stencil is not only your best bet financially but you can get a pretty authentic look.  I haven’t used it yet for a sunset but I will soon or try to!  Susan has a tutorial on YouTube demonstrating this stencil.

The Steps:

  1.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 5.5″ x 5.3/8″.  Using the above stencil create your sky and grass using PanPastels.

2.  Cut and prepare all the pieces that will create the components of your scene and glue to the stenciled cardstock.  I used these die sets for this scene.

From Elizabeth Craft Designs:

                              1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard

1127 – CountryScapes Backyard 5 – Wash Day (quilt)

1131 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Daffodil

1133 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip

1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate (little fence)

Additional die sets used:

From Frantic Stamper Inc.:

FRA-DIE-09921 Flying Gulls

FRA-DIE-09822 Gardening Pots (set of 4 dies)

3.  Cut a piece of blue cardstock 5.3/4″ x 5.5/8″.  Adhere the scene piece to this blue layer.

4.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 6″ x 12″ and score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold in half and adhere the completed step 3 to the front of you folded card.  My card’s fold is at the top but you could have a book open card as well.

That’s it.   Thank you so much for the taking a look.  I love comments and answer any questions personally.

 

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