277 posts categorized "Anne"

09/19/2018

Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.

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The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.

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While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 

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The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.

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Three more cards for my holiday box!

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Happy Crafting!!!

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09/10/2018

Mon 10

A New Watercolor Background Technique for the Countryside Fence Frame
by Anne Thompson

I made two cards for today using a new-to-me watercolor background technique called Sgraffito.  Sgraffito is a a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing.  For the two cards below I used a common sewing pin to scratch the surface of watercolor paper before applying one color of paint to get a similar effect.

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For the card on the right I used a pin to scratch random lines into the watercolor paper before adding paint.

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In this close-up  you can see the detail of the scratches once watercolor has been added.  That one layer of paint pools in the scratches to make darker lines against the background color.

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For the card on the left, I used a ruler to help me scratch straight parallel lines at an angle to represent rain before adding the blue watercolor paint.

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Now let's look at how I finished each card.  Since the rain is right above this, let's look at that one first.  

  • I cut the piece of rain paper into a square that would fit behind the frame I wanted to use.
  • I chose the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and cut it from some lime green cardstock.
  • While the paper was still in the die I applied double-sided Scor-Tape to the frames to keep them together.
  • I removed the tape backing and applied the frame to the rain paper.
  • I cut the Countryside Fence Frame again, this time from white cardstock.  I snipped off the fence and used a glue pen to adhere it on top of the green fence.
  • I cut the VINTAGE WATERING CAN 99956 from silver cardstock and popped it onto the frame at an angle to look like the rain was coming from it.
  • I then added some tiny flowers with glue dots to fill the bottom of the frame and spill over onto the card front.

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For the second card, I used most of the same procedures.  The green scratched paper had me thinking about the deep woods, so I die cut the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031 from dark green cardstock and snipped off the tree.  I adhered the tree to the left of the Countryside Fence Frame.

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This is another fun and easy technique for backgrounds as it also adds texture as well as color.  These two cards will go into my all-occasion box with appropriate sentiments to be added as needed.  

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Happy Crafting!

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09/04/2018

Tue 04

Watercolor Backgrounds for the Delicate Pine Frame
by Anne Thompson

I have been making watercolor backgrounds lately and used two very simple techniques with the DELICATE PINE FRAME 94031.

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I started by using a wide brush to wet some watercolor paper with plain clean water.  Then I added wide horizontal strokes of blue watercolor with a wet brush on the paper.   To add some cloudlike texture to this sky, I removed some of the paint using a small wad of paper toweling, dabbing here and there while everything was still really wet.

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Here it is cut down and layered behind the Delicate Pine Frame.  You'll notice that I cut the frame twice, once in a dark green cardstock which is the bottom layer and then white cardstock which is positioned up a bit to expose some of the green to make the snow-covered tree.

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For the second background, I wet more watercolor paper and layered on wide vertical strokes of blue watercolor.  Then I sprinkled on some coarse-ground salt from a salt mill.  The salt moves the paint to create an interesting texture.  The hardest part is waiting for it to dry!

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Once the paper was dry I brushed off the salt crystals, trimmed the paper, and placed it behind the white-green layers of the Delicate Pine Frame.

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I've prepared quite a few large sheets of watercolor paper using these techniques so all I'll need to do is trim them to the right size when I need a sky background for one of the new frame dies.  Sooo quick and easy!  And two more cards for my holiday stash!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/20/2018

Mon 20

Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish Cards
by Anne Thompson

I've been getting into that holiday spirit and created more cards this week, this time using the WRAPPED HOLLY CIRCLE FRAME 94040, the HOLLY FLOURISH 94023, and some unexpected cardstock colors.

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These 5 1/2 inch square cards are quick and easy to put together.  I cut some 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock to 5 1/2" wide  by 11" , folded them in half, and creased each one with a bone folder.  (I plan to use them as top-fold cards but they could easily be side-fold ones.)  I used pieces of cardstock in the same colors to die cut the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and the Holly Flourish which I adhered to crisp white paper doilies.  I added pieces of coordinating papers from my scrap bins to the inside of each card as spaces for stamping greetings and writing messages.

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On this bright purple one, I used all three layers of the Holly Circle for a wide edge against the white doily.  I added the little sprig (a part of the die that cuts separately) in the center and popped on a large pearl at that junction and then added the two smaller pearls.  

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For the other two cards, I used the center Holly Circle and the largest stitched circle.  I glued the two circles abutting each other in one spot and then let the larger circle swoop out from that point.  I decided not to use the sprig but to add the Holly Flourish for each center.  I glued it down only at the curled end before adding a glue-dotted bow and a few small pearls. 

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Love these dies!  And who wouldn't love to receive a lime green, kelly green, or bright purple holiday card!!!   I have lots more interesting colors to audition and a stack of paper doilies on my work table.   It'll be easy to mass produce a bunch of these.  

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are soooo many great products in the Holiday 2018 Collection.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

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08/13/2018

Mon 13

Holiday 2018...Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs
by Anne Thompson

Here's another combination of dies that works well together to make great cards for guys:  RUNNING ELK 94051, HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016, and SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021.  I made four cards using these dies in different color combinations.

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And here's a closer look at the dies.

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These are fairly simple quick and easy cards to cut and assemble.  Let's look at the one in browns first.

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  • Die cut the Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs from medium brown cardstock.
  • Add a panel of Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper to a kraft notecard.
  • Use Scor-Tape to attach a doily to the top of that panel.
  • Use a glue pen or fine point glue applicator to secure the Running Elk to the doily circle.
  • Place one of the Holiday Twigs and one of the Snowberry Sprigs to the left of the center at the bottom of the elk circle and the other two to the right.  Secure them with glue dots or other adhesive.
  • Add a pretty satin ribbon bow to cover where the ends of the twigs and sprigs meet in the center.
  • On the inside of the card, add another panel of the Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper topped with a square or rectangle of kraft paper where you can write your message.

I made the blue one in the same way, using Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the panel and the twigs and sprigs and a solid light blue for the elk on top of white and blue doilies, finished with a blue satin ribbon.

For the red one I used a small red doily in the center of a white one and white and red cardstock layered for a red shadow on the elk.  I cut the Snowberry Sprigs from white cardstock and the Holiday Twigs from red/gold printed handmade paper and topped everything with a white satin bow.

The greens card was just a tiny bit more involved because I cut all of the dies from watercolor paper, left the sprigs and twigs in place with their background paper, and painted the berries in shades of red and the stems in shades of green before popping them out.  I used handmade paper from Birch Press Design in Ziggy Stripe for the panel, a light green doily and a bright red satin ribbon.

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Four more cards for my holiday stash!  And lots more color combination ideas!  This card design would also work well for almost any occasion when you need a guy card in a hurry--birthday, anniversary, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.  And if you didn't want to use doilies, any patterned or plain paper circle a little larger than that of the elk would also work.  

Happy Crafting!

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08/11/2018

Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:

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And here is the first card:  white on white on white...

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This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:

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This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  

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I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.

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The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.

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And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.

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And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.

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Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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07/23/2018

Mon 23

More from the Holiday 2018 Collection...Mountains, Bunnies, Snowballs, and an Interesting Watercolor Technique
by Anne Thompson

I'm soooo excited that the Holiday 2018 Collection has started shipping, and you can see all of it here!  You are going to love the new dies and stamp sets. 

It was a difficult decision for me to choose what to use for this post.  Because of an interesting watercolor technique I wanted to use for the card background, I decided on mountains as a starting point. 

  • Using watercolor paper, I cut out the SNOWCAPPED MOUNTAIN CIRCLE 94047 and set the little snow-capped peaks aside.   
  • I got out my watercolors, a jar of water, a wide brush and a medium-width brush.  I began by thoroughly wetting the watercolor paper with the wide brush. 
  • I then added watercolors using the smaller brush--blues, pinks, and purples, keeping them really wet and letting them bleed into each other a bit.  (The ugly green in the center is the mat I used under the paper.)

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Then I took a large piece of  clear plastic wrap from the roll in the kitchen and crumpled it up.  I unfolded it a bit and scrunched it on top of the watercolored panel. 

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Letting it dry was the hard part!  Look what the plastic wrap did with the paint!  I LOVE it!!!

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I trimmed this using one of the larger rectangle dies from the RECTANGLE BASICS SET of 16 dies No. 30086.

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I really love rabbits so opting for the CL5224 SNOW MUCH FUN Clear Stamp Set and the coordinating dies 32224 SNOW MUCH FUN Die Set was a no-brainer.  I chose the two bunnies holding snowballs and the stack of three snowballs, stamped them with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on white cardstock, die cut them, and colored them with PrismaColor pencils.  I added some clear Wink-of-Stella to the snowballs and put dimensional foam dots on the backs of the three images.  I also dabbed some clear Wink-of-Stella on an extra set of the mountain peaks-- I somehow misplaced the ones I had set aside.

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I gathered all of the various card parts I'd prepped and a white notecard. I added a piece of dot paper cut 3 3/4" X 5" to the back of the mountain scene using Scor-Tape and then I used more Scor-Tape to add that completed panel to the front of the notecard.  I stamped a sentiment and a tiny snowflake from the Snow Much Fun stamp set on the dot paper "window" using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Then I added the bunnies and the stack of snowballs.  Voila!

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I know this is a watercolor technique I will use again and again.  The results are so unpredictable and different every time and I love a surprise.

Happy Crafting!

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07/16/2018

Mon 16

Watercolor and Partial Die Cutting Techniques for Cards with Interior Pockets and Tags
by Anne Thompson

The cards I made for this post use a watercolor technique on the front panel and a partial die cutting technique on the inside pocket tag.  Here's the front of the first card with lots of flat stacked layers topped with the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 on a Key Lime notecard.

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Watercolor Technique

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to whatever size you want to use.  Mine is 3" X 5".  
  • Get out your watercolor paints--you can use any kind you have on hand--and you will need a brush and a small cup of water.
  • Choose an acrylic block, one of the ones you use for stamping with clear or cling stamps.  Make sure it's clean.
  • Dip your brush in water, get the paint good and wet, pick up some of the paint with the brush, and dab it onto the acrylic block.  You don't need to cover the whole block, just splot some on there.
  • Turn the acrylic block over and "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • Keep repeating this process--dip the brush in water, get the paint really wet, pick up some paint with the brush and dab it onto the acrylic block, and then "stamp" the paint onto the watercolor paper.
  • I used one yellow and one green in my panel, adding really wet paint and sometimes extra water to the block and "stamping" multiple times until I was satisfied with the look.  
  • I let my panel air dry but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process, drying from the back of the panel as well as the front to minimize curling.

To finish the front of the card, I rounded the corners on all of my papers and the notecard before assembling it.  I added white and key lime layers under the watercolor panel using Scor-tape.  I adhered this to a key lime notecard that I had layered with a piece of Key Lime Gingham paper.  I used 1/8" narrow Scor-tape to position a lime green ribbon wrapped around the card to the front which I tied in a bow.

Now for the inside.  I knew I wanted to try a partial die cut technique using the same TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99914.  To refresh my memory on how to do this I watched Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on YouTube for Partial Die Cut Borders at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vvf67ug_vs.  Here's the finished tag, just the right size at 2 3/4" X 4" to add a gift card on the back.

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By positioning the die with the edges of the metal plate/clear plate lined up about halfway down the die on top of the section I wanted to cut out, only the part I wanted to cut out did indeed cut out, the half circle with the flowering branch.  After I removed the die from the Key Lime Gingham paper, I flipped the panel over and drew a straight line in pencil from one edge of the frame to the other and cut it with detail scissors to remove the extra paper below the branch.  Then I adhered this to a piece of white cardstock, punched a hole and threaded a ribbon through, and added a green gem in the flower center.  

I made a pocket for the inside of the card to hold the tag from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper, topped with a piece of ribbon and secured with Scor-tape on three sides to a piece of Key Lime cardstock.

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And because I was fascinated by this process and loved the results from this first card, I made more!  For this next one I used four shades of red paint, red and white cardstocks,  and handmade paper on the front. 
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And inside, more handmade paper, Cranberry Dot paper, red and white cardstocks, and red ribbon.

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For this next card I used metallic gold paints, gold twine, purple handmade paper, and white cardstock.

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And inside...

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I hope you'll try one or both of these techniques.  I can't wait for the Christmas-themed dies and stamp sets which will be coming out soon so I can do more partial die cutting on my holiday cards and tags.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

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07/09/2018

Mon 09

Wave Ribbon Collage as Not Waves
by Anne Thompson

Since my cards on June 18th,  I've been experimenting with ways to use the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die 94005 as not waves.  Here's what I came up with first.

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 I started with Lemongrass notecards, Violet Dot paper, and black cardstock.  

These are the dies I used.

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  • I cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 in the front of each Lemongrass notecard, one card horizontally and the other vertically.
  • I glued down a piece of Violet Dot paper 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside right panel of each notecard.
  • I die cut the FORGET ME NOT BLOOMS 99997 multiple times--the stems from black cardstock and the blossoms from the Violet Dot paper.
  • I die cut the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002--the solid body twice from Violet Dot paper and the more detailed butterfly outline twice from black cardstock.
  • For the card on the left, I used the horizontal wave cut and added two Forget Me Not stems and Violet Dot blossoms, popping up one of the blossoms and adding white pearls to the blossom centers.  I used a glue pen to put the butterfly together and popped it up on the card near one cluster of blossoms.
  • For the second card with the vertical wave ribbon, I added one stem to the right edge of the cut-out and blossoms with pearl centers at the top and popped on the second butterfly.

The second card got me thinking that I could use the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out as stems which resulted in this card.

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This time I used a Key Lime notecard and Key Lime Gingham paper, using the waves as stems for the Forget Me Not blooms.

And then I couldn't stop coming up with ideas!  Here are two more.

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The one on the left incorporates the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME 99993 cut from black cardstock and placed over the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage.  I perched just one of the birds on the branch.  The card on the right showcases the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 cut from black cardstock and placed on top of the horizontal Wave Ribbon Collage with another Flitter Side Butterfly added.

And these are the dies I used.

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So...wave ribbons don't have to be waves.  They can be stems or just an interesting detail on a card front to showcase another die or to highlight an interesting paper inside or placed directly behind the Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out.

Happy Crafting!

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07/02/2018

Mon 02

Beach Scene Card for This Month's Challenge
by Anne Thompson

I created a beach scene card for this month's challenge using the new WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die and a variety of dies from the Nautical section of the Memory Box catalog.  I was inspired by a wallhanging I recently made, an "accidental landscape" of the ocean and beach which I used as the backdrop for the card photo below.

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materials used:

Die cut the Wave Ribbon Collage into the front of the notecard.

Adhere a piece of the Bluebird Distressed Dots paper  4 X 5 1/4 to the inside righthand panel of the notecard.

Glue on a piece of light brown cardstock with the torn edge overlapping the bottom of the Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out for the beach.

Die cut the Seaweed Stalks from Key Lime Gingham paper and dark brown cardstock.  Arrange on the beach, leaving some parts unglued so you can tuck in other elements.

Tuck in the white cardstock shell and starfish cut from the Oceana Corner among the seaweed stalks.

Die cut the crabs from olive green textured paper.  Add them among the seaweed stalks.

Add the two seagulls cut from white cardstock using a glue pen on their legs/feet and on the wave lines to anchor them.

Cut the waves twice in white cardstock using the Lighthouse/Waves die.  Use a glue pen on the Wave Ribbon Collage lines to hold three of them in place.

To finish the card die cut the heron/crane from white cardstock and use small foam dots to pop it onto the card.

Creating this scene was fun to do.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for this month's Challenge!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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