Today's post provides the how-to's for creating a tropical scene to showcase the beautiful flamingo from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set. This project was created for the Inky Friends Blog Hop showcasing items from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. To see a line up of the very talented Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
Creating scenery for a focal point image is not as difficult as it may look. However, it does take a few steps if you want to create the illusion of depth for the scenery. Therefore, this post is a bit lengthy, but once you've read through it, you'll understand how the background scene for this vibrant flamingo was developed.
This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock. The large splotch image from the Touches of Texture stamp set was used to create a "sandy" look on the card base by randomly stamping the splotch around the edges of the card front using Sahara Sand ink.
The scenery begins with the water. Place two drops of Soft Sky re-inker in a puddle on a styrofoam plate. Using the large brush Aquapainter (Note: There's no water in the barrel of my Aquapainter--just a small bowl of water off to the side of my work area along with a paper towel) dip the brush tip in the water and stir into the re-inker puddle to dilute the re-inker. Clean the brush in the water and blot on the paper towel until the brush tip is only slightly wet. Then put the brush tip back into the re-inker/water puddle and quickly swish the re-inker/water across the bottom third of the Whisper White panel (3-1/2" x 4-3/4") using the side of the brush tip. [Important Tip: Do not go over this area multiple times as the cardstock will pill up or disintegrate. Use a light hand and a quick side-to-side movement with the side of the brush tip.] Once the cardstock dries, stamp the water image from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set two times over the water area using Marina Mist ink.
Using Pear Pizzazz ink, stamp the palm frond image (Fabulous Flamingo stamp set) three times in the upper left and upper right corners of the Whisper White panel; re-inking the stamp for each stamped image. Using Pear Pizzazz ink, stamp the sea grass image (Fabulous Flamingo stamp set) two times along the left side of the panel going from the left edge even with the top edge of the water and into the water at a slight downward angle. Stamp the sea grass image (still using Pear Pizzazz ink) two times along the right side of the panel about 1/2 way down from the top of the water going from the right edge of the panel and then immediately to the left of the first stamping (overlapping a little). (The image below shows the Whisper White panel matted with a panel of Soft Sky cardstock. It's better if you don't mat the Whisper White cardstock until you complete the panel. My bad...)
Using the splotch image from the Touches of Texture stamp set, randomly stamp the splotch over a 2" x 3-1/2" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Sahara Sand ink. Tear the cardstock across the horizontal to create the sandy shore. The first tear begins nearly at the top left edge of the cardstock and slopes down nearly to the bottom right edge. Place the torn piece over the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel to ensure that the left side is high enough to cover the bottom edge of the sea grass and slopes down toward the right so that it goes under the bottom edge of the sea grass on the right side of the panel. Tear a little off here and there until you get the sandy shore the right heights. Adhere the torn cardstock along the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel, aligning the right and left edges of the torn cardstock with the right and left edges of the panel. Use the remaining torn piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to create another layer of sandy shore. This time the right edge is just above the bottom edge of the sea grass and slopes down toward the left side of the panel. Adhere the second piece of torn cardstock over the top of the first piece of torn cardstock aligning with the bottom, right, and left edges of the panel.
The sea grass image was inked with Old Olive and stamped over the Pear Pizzazz sea grass. Since this image is stamped on top of the torn Crumb Cake cardstock AND the Whisper White panel, it is important to press down hard on the image so that there is no ink gap between the two layers of cardstock. [Tip: It is always a good practice to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with photopolymer stamps to ensure that the stamped images are crisp and clear.]
Mat the Whisper White panel with a slightly larger panel of Soft Sky cardstock. Adhere the panels at the center of the card front.
The flamingo image in the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set is actually a three-step stamp image. For this card, I stamped the image with the lower body and legs first on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Flirty Flamingo ink (what else would you use??). Second, I stamped the solid flamingo upper body image over the upper flamingo body using Blushing Bride ink. Third, I stamped the outline of the upper body and the outline of the legs over the upper body and the legs using Calypso Coral ink. The flamingo was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered along the left side of the Whisper White panel with the feet on the sandy shore using teeny, teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.
The card front was finished with the "Thanks" greeting stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink. Banner tails were cut into the cardstock to the left of the stamped image. The greeting was matted with a slightly larger piece of Marina Mist cardstock with the right edges of the two pieces flush. A piece of Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon was adhered behind the banner. Banner tails were cut for the left side of the ribbon and the right side of the ribbon was folded under and adhered behind the banner. The completed greeting banner was adhered to the Whisper White panel using Mini Glue Dots with the right cardstock edges of the banner flush with the right edge of the Whisper White panel and the bottom edge of the banner 2" above the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The sea grass image was stamped along the bottom edge of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image. Then it was stamped again along the bottom edge of the liner using Old Olive ink, tilting the image to the right and left to make the grass more "bushy"--again, re-inking for each stamping of the image. The palm fronds were stamped three times the top right and left corners of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image. The "That Was Awesome" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Calypso Coral ink.
The sea grass image was stamped twice along the bottom left front edge of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image. Then it was stamped twice again along the bottom edge of the envelope using Old Olive ink, tilting the image to the right and left to make the grass more "bushy"--again, re-inking for each stamping of the image. The "Thanks" greeting was stamped just above the sea grass using Calypso Coral ink.
While this card has a few steps, it was actually pretty quick to make. In fact, I made 20 of them. The majority of the cards went to my Stamp Club members to thank them for being a part of the Stamp Club and to invite them to rejoin when we reconvene in August. I kept one for the blog hop sample, and the last card was given to the instructor of my very first quilting class. I have always been fascinated by quilting and wanted to learn the process--so I signed up for a beginning quilting class where I learned to make a table runner featuring 4 pieced squares. If you look closely at the aqua colored fabric, you'll see why I used the flamingo card.
Card measurements --
Crumb Cake: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2" x 3-1/2"; Soft Sky: 3-3/4" x 5"; Whisper White: 3-1/2" x 4-3/4", 1/2" x 1-5/8", 3" x 4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Marina Mist: 5/8" x 1-3/4"; Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon: 3"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Touches of Texture; Inks: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (re-inker); Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Embellishments: Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Aquapainter; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope