Techniques

Card Front Builder Thinlits -- Thanks For Being You

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the great things about the Carols of Christmas stamp set is the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  When you look at the stamp set, you wouldn't think that there would be so many great card building accessories included with the thinlits.  I have to admit that if I hadn't been crazy about the stamp set, I would have ordered the thinlits no matter what.  

Living in Florida doesn't give you a whole lot of insight into Winter; however, thanks to traveling, photos, and movies, I do have a good idea of what a serene Winter scene might look like.  Here's my take.

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This card begins with a card base of Early Espresso cardstock.  A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the embellished frame from the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  Here's how that's done (using a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock--you'll see it incorporated into the card later).

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The embellished frame die cuts one half of the frame at a time.  This is a great feature, because it allows you to make the frame as long as you need it to be.  So the first step is to place the thinlit over one half of the cardstock and run it through the Big Shot (don't forget to put the cutting plate on top of the cardstock/thinlit).  For this example with the Very Vanilla cardstock, I used the Magnetic Plate and ran it through twice.  When cutting the Silver Foil Sheets, I would recommend using the NEW Multipurpose Platform and running it through twice OR using the Precision Base Plate.

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Remove the thinlit from the die cut half of the cardstock.  In addition, remove any die cut pieces that may have become embedded in the thinlit.  Then place the thinlit on the opposite side of the cardstock; lining up the two small dots at the ends of the arms of the thinlit with the two die cut dots on the cardstock AND leaving a smidge of space between the dots.  Then run the sandwich through the Big Shot twice.

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When you remove the thinlit from the cardstock, this is what your frame will look like.  So envisioning this piece of Very Vanilla cardstock as a die cut frame of Silver Foil Sheets, adhere the Silver Foil Sheet frame to the center of the card front.  

A light colored piece of paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack was cut to 3-3/16" x 4-1/2" and matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock cut to 3-1/4" x 4-9/16".  A strip of Shimmery White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the more densely embossed area of the folder.  The paper was torn to create two pieces with a bump up on the right sloping down to a thin area and another piece with a bump up on the left sloping down to a thin area.  These two pieces were adhered along the bottom edge of the Wood Textures paper aligning the right, left, and bottom edges of the Shimmer White torn paper flush with the right, left, and bottom edges of the Wood Textures paper.  [Tip:  When adhering heavily embossed paper to a flat surface, it is best to use Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.]

Pieces of Garden Green and Always Artichoke cardstock were die cut with the Big Shot using the evergreen trees thinlits.  The Always Artichoke trees were adhered to the Wood Textures paper with the bases of the trees tucked just below the top edge of the torn embossed paper.  The Garden Green trees were adhered in front of and slightly offset from the Always Artichoke trees to give a hint of depth to the "forest".  Note that some of the Garden Green tree bases are tucked just below the top edge of the torn embossed paper and some sit on top of the torn embossed paper.

Two deer were die cut with the Big Shot using the deer thinlits and Early Espresso cardstock.  The deer were adhered near the lower center in front of the trees to look like they are coming out of the "forest".  

Three silver stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes were adhered among the trees.

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The "Thanks for being you." greeting, from the Special Celebrations stamp set, was stamped on a narrow strip of Very Vanilla cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The greeting was adhered at the upper left corner of the Wood Textures paper with the top left corner of the greeting 1/16" from the top and left edges of the Wood Textures paper.  The completed Winter scene was adhered at the center of the Silver Foil Sheets frame.

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The Very Vanilla frame used for the frame die cutting example above was used as the liner for the inside sentiment area of the card.  The "You share so much, so gladly, so often...  I'm blessed to have you in my life." sentiment, from the Special Celebrations stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the frame using Early Espresso ink.

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A piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (same color as used for the card front) was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to match the edge of the envelope flap.

People who migrate here from the North tend to wax nostalgic about the sparkling cold and breathtaking beauty of Winter "at home" as they walk the beaches and darken their tans during the months of November through April.  I think that their memories are much more pleasant than the reality--which is probably why they Winter in Florida every year.  I have heard, however, that there are people who actually look forward to the snow and cold.  If you are one of those people, I say:  God Bless You!  I'll take my sun, sand, and warm and create Winter scenes.

Card Measurements -- 

Always Artichoke:  2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Early Espresso:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 3-1/4" x 4-9/16", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Garden Green:  2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Very Vanilla:  9/16" x 2-3/16", 4" x 5-1/4"; Shimmery White:  3" x 4-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4"; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack:  3-3/16" x 4-1/2", 2-1/4" x 6"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Special Celebrations; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Pack; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Carols of Christmas -- Peace on Earth

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

When you look at this card at first glance you will likely be reminded of the card in my last post as it takes advantage of "white space" to make an elegant statement.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the starry swoop from the Star of Light stamp set was stamped twice using Versamark:  the first stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the upper right corner with the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the lower left corner, and the second stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the lower left corner and the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the upper right corner.  [Tip:  When using photopolymer stamps, be sure to place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock to achieve the best stamped images.]  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the image heat embossed with the Heat Tool.  You can see in the photo below what the panel looks like after it has been embossed.  Don't worry about the overlap of the images at the center as that will be covered up.

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The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Fresh Fig cardstock.  A length of Copper Trim was wrapped around the center of the two panels (each wrap is about 1" apart) and tied into a bow near the right center of the panels.  The panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Peace on Earth" sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Fresh Fig ink.  The words were cut out with Paper Snips:  "Peace", "on" with the lines to the right and left, and "Earth"; trimming closely to the inked areas.  A piece of Copper Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-7/8").  The die cut circle was adhered to the left center of the card front with the left edge of the circle 1/8" from the left edge of the Very Vanilla embossed panel.  The "on" with the lines to the right and left was adhered across the center of the circle die cut.  Then the "Peace" and "Earth" were adhered above and below the "on", respectively, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "May your Season be Peaceful, your New Year be Bright" sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.  Once the ink was completed dry (just a couple of seconds), the area was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the star/cross/diamond/dots image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped three times around the sentiment using Versamark ink.  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the images heat embossed with the Heat Tool.

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The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with the star/cross/diamond/dots image and the 4 dots in the shape of a diamond image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap sheet of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the images stamp only on the envelope flap.]

I love the elegant look of this card and that it uses non-traditional colors to convey a Christmas greeting.  I'll be back soon with the instructions for the final card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  That card is all about creating a Winter scene with the thinlits.  I hope you'll stop by to visit!

Card Measurements -- 

Fresh Fig:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Very Vanilla:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3"; Thick Very Vanilla:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Copper Foil Sheets:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Copper Trim:  20"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Star of Light; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Thick Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Carols of Christmas -- Deck the Halls

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Tropical Storm Emily went through our area yesterday and brought us a bunch of rain.  Today it's bright and sunny again.  Very thankful that it was just rain--no winds, no debris, no one hurt, no property damage.  A big win for us!

Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

This is the first card I made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  To get in the "spirit", I went with the classic Christmas colors of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and matted with a slightly larger panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  [Tip:  Use Multipurpose Liquid adhesive to adhere embossed cardstock to flat cardstock.]  These pieces were adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "Deck the Halls" image using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The embellished straight line image was stamped above "Deck" and below "Halls" using Garden Green ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-5/8" x 2-5/8").  The square was matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the scalloped square framelits from the Layering Squares Framelits (3" x 3").  These pieces were adhered at the upper center of the card front with the top, left, and right edges of the scalloped square 1/2" from the top, left, and right edges of the embossed Whisper White cardstock.  [Tip:  Use Multipurpose Liquid adhesive to adhere the flat cardstock to the embossed cardstock.]

Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers were used to ink the three leaf holly (Garden Green) with berries (Cherry Cobbler) image and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  This process was repeated 5 more times.  [Tip:  Be sure to "huff" on the stamp after inking with markers and prior to stamping to remoisten the ink.]  Each of the images were die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Card Front Builder Framelits.  The holly pieces were adhered at the top right and lower left corners of the "Deck the Halls" Whisper White square.  For each corner, the first two were adhered slightly overlapping each other at the corner of the square using teeny, teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The third piece was adhered with a Mini Stampin' Dimensional immediately to the right of the first two pieces in the lower left corner and immediately to the left of the first two pieces in the upper right corner.

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The three ornaments image with the long and narrow ornament hanging lowest was inked with Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the top left corner:  Basic Black for the strings, Garden Green for the ornament tops, and Cherry Cobbler for the ornaments.  The "Best Wishes for the Season" sentiment, from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, was stamped near the upper center using Garden Green ink.

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The three ornaments image with the long and narrow ornament hanging lowest was inked with Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the top left corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap:  Basic Black for the strings, Garden Green for the ornament tops, and Cherry Cobbler for the ornaments.  The three ornaments image with the long and narrow ornament hanging highest was inked with Stampin' Write Markers and stamped to the right of the previously stamped image on the envelope flap:  Basic Black for the strings, Cherry Cobbler for the ornament tops, and Garden Green for the ornaments.  The first image was re-inked and stamped to the right of the second image and the second image was re-inked and stamped to the right of the first image stamped the second time to create a row of hanging ornaments.

I love that this card came together so quickly.  It's certainly a candidate for an assembly line card; especially if you can bribe a young, strong person to roll the Big Shot for you for the embossed and die cut pieces.  The best part?  It mails with one stamp!  Woohoo!

Card Measurements -- 

Cherry Cobber:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4", 3" x 3", 3 @ 2" x 3"; Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green), Basic Black; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Peace This Christmas -- A Remake

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I hope that you had a good week and are looking forward to a fun Summer weekend.  In this area, there's lots of Back To School shopping going on as the kids are returning to school in a couple of weeks.

Today's post is a remake of a Christmas card that I designed for my Stamp Clubs last year using the Peace This Christmas stamp set--you'll see that card at the bottom of this post.  Fortunately, this stamp set carried over to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog as I just love the images and script used for this stamp set.  The card you see here is identical in design to the one made in 2016.  The remake replaces Retired items with Current items--I'll identify those when you see the original card.

When I design Christmas cards, I look for a simple design that lends itself to easy reproduction but still contains lots of pretty eye-catching elements.  If the card is mail-able with one stamp that's a huge bonus.  I think this card hits all the criteria.

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This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A piece of Be Merry Designer Series Paper was adhered along the left side of a panel of Garden Green cardstock with the top, left, and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper 1/8" from the top, left, and bottom edges of the panel.

The "Peace Joy & Love" image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The evergreen sprig was stamped below the "Love" using Garden Green ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using a plain edge oval die (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The plain oval was matted with a Cherry Cobbler scallop oval die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding scallop oval layering die (2-5/8" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The same scallop oval die was used to die cut a piece of Gold Foil Sheets.  This die cut was adhered behind the Cherry Cobbler die cut so that 1/8" of the Gold Foil scallop oval extends beyond the left side of the Cherry Cobbler scallop oval.  The oval layers were adhered to the card front centered between the left and right sides and just a smidge above center (the bottom edge of the Cherry Cobbler scallop oval is 1" above the bottom edge of the Garden Green mat.

The Embossing Buddy was swiped across a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the pine cone image stamped on the cardstock twice using Versamark ink (re-inking the stamp prior to stamping the second time).  The images were covered in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The pine cones were cut out with Paper Snips.  The stems of the pine cones were adhered at the center of the evergreen sprig using Mini Glue Dots.  A piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon was tied into a bow and adhered over the top of the stems using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "May all your Christmas wishes come true" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The sprig of mistletoe tied with a bow image was inked with the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker for the mistletoe, Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker for the bow, and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker for the greenery.  The image was stamped to the left of "May".  [Tip:  When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, be sure to "huff" on the stamp to remoisten the ink prior to stamping.]

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The sprig of mistletoe tied with a bow was stamped at the center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using the same inks as used for the liner.

Here is the card I designed for the Stamp Clubs in 2016.

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It's pretty easy to identify the differences:

  • The This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper used for the 2016 card is now Retired (2016-2017 Annual Catalog)
  • The card base, panel, and focal point mat colors are reversed as the Designer Series Paper for the 2016 card had a Garden Green background color and the Designer Series Paper for the 2017 card has a Cherry Cobbler background
  • The cardstock used for the focal point, pine cone, and liner (not shown) is Very Vanilla
  • The envelope used for the 2016 card (not shown) is Very Vanilla
  • The Stampin' Write Marker used for the greenery on the sprig stamped on the liner and envelope flap (not shown) uses Mint Macaron ink which is now Retired

The Be Merry Designer Series Paper has background sheets in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  So if you decided to use a predominantly Garden Green background paper all you need to do is swap the card base, large panel, and focal point mat colors.  That gives you the potential for quite a few cards when you purchase the Designer Series Paper and the coordinating cardstock package.

Card Measurements for the 2017 card -- 

Cherry Cobbler:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 4"; Garden Green:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  3" x 4", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3" x 4"; Be Merry Designer Series Paper:  2" x 5"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  6"

Card Measurements for the 2016 card -- 

Cherry Cobbler:  4" x 5-1/4"; Garden Green:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 4"; Very Vanilla:  3" x 4", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3" x 4"; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper:  2" x 5"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  6"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for the first displayed card --

Stamps:  Peace This Christmas; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green); Subtles (Wild Wasabi); Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Be Merry; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Supplies I used for the second displayed card -- 

Stamps:  Peace This Christmas; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green); [Retired] 2015-2017 In Color (MInt Macaron); Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  [Retired] This Christmas Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Seaside Shore -- Ahoy, There!

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Today's post is a follow up to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the first things you think of when you see the images included with the Seaside Shore stamp set is an underwater scene.  For this card, I decided to watch the fish swim through an aquarium window.

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Gray cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder (with the squiggly wave lines going horizontal).  Pool Party ink was lightly sponged across the squiggly wave lines to bring them into higher relief.  The three fish images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Calypso Coral for the Tang, Tranquil Tide for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray for the Moorish Idol.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the vanilla areas of the Moorish Idol and Angelfish and over the striped fin areas of the Tang.  Once the Wink of Stella dried, the fish were cut out with Paper Snips.  The sea grass image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  A Blender Pen was used to color the sea grass images with Lemon Lime Twist ink squeezed to the inside top of the ink pad lid.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the sea grass images.  The sea grass was cut out with Paper Snips once the Wink of Stella dried.

The sea grass images were adhered along the bottom right edge of the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Moorish Idol fish among the leaves of the sea grass, the Tang to the left of the sea grass, and the Angelfish above the sea grass with the top fin of the Angelfish 3/8" below the top edge of the cardstock.  A piece of Window Sheets cut to the same size as the cardstock was adhered over the scene using Mini Glue Dots.

Strips of Silver Foil Sheets were adhered along the left and right edges of the Window Sheets using Mini Glue Dots with the outer edge of the Silver Foil Sheets extending 1/16" beyond the outer edge of the Window Sheets.  Two strips of Silver Foil Sheets were cut the width of the scene (including the Silver Foil Sheets strips adhered along the right and left sides) with the ends cut at 45 degree angles toward the center and adhered along the top and bottom edges of the scene using Mini Glue Dots to complete the window frame.  The framed aquarium window was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Hoping Your Day Goes Swimmingly" greeting was inked with the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker for the "Hoping", "Day Goes", and "Swimmingly", the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker for "Your", and the Lemon LIme Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the water drops to the left of "Your" and to the right of "Goes" then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  [Tips:  1.  When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, use the side of the brush tip for more consistent application of ink to the stamp image.  2.  Be sure to exhale over the inked image - "huff" - before stamping to make sure that all of the ink is moistened.]  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits (1-7/8" x 2-3/4").  The greeting was matted with piece of Calypso Coral cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using a scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3").  The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the Window Sheets along the left side of the window frame with the top of the matted greeting 1-1/4" from the top of the window frame.

The "Ahoy, There!" banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The banner was adhered just above the top of the matted greeting using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (one placed behind the "A" in "Ahoy" and the other placed above and behind the "E!" of "There!".

Once I completed this card, I had it sitting on my work table for a couple of days and realized that adding a few of the clear iridescent sequins here and there to the embossed cardstock for bubbles would have been a neat touch.  Another thought that occurred to me was that this window frame would have made a cute Shaker Card using the iridescent sequins.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Another aquarium window was created using the same process as used for the card front with the exceptions that:

  • A plain oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3") was used to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock prior to embossing with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder
  • The same plain oval was used to die cut a piece of Window Sheets to cover the scene.  Rolled up Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Window Sheets to the cardstock
  • The window frame was created with two Layering Ovals Framelits placed one inside the other to cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheets (2-1/8" x 3" for the outside and 1-7/8" x 2-3/4" for the inside).  The frame was adhered to the Window Sheets with rolled up Mini Glue Dots

The aquarium window was adhered near the upper center of the liner.  The "Congrats" banner was created using the Banners for You stamp set.  The banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  The "Congrats" greeting was stamped inside the banner using Calypso Coral ink. [Tip:  The Banners for You stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set.  The best stamping images are achieved when you place a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock prior to stamping.]  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  The banner was adhered below the window using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The three fish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Calypso Coral ink for the Tang, Tranquil Tide ink for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray ink for the Moorish Idol.  The bubbles were randomly stamped in the open areas using Pool Party ink.  [Tip:  Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that images are stamped only on the envelope flap.]

The neat thing about this card is that it works for folks of all ages.  Just change the message on the banner inside the card to make it specific to an event or just to say "hello".

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Gray:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Calypso Coral:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2@ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 2 @ 1/4" x 5-1/2", 2 @ 1/4" x 4-1/4"; Window Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Banners For You; Inks:  Basic Gray Archival, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2019 In Color (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide), Subtles (Calypso Coral); Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Sponge, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope