Sunday, March 27, 2016

By the Seashore

3/30/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner at AHSC #152!

Today's card was inspired by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #152 and Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration #336. My childhood and much of my adult life was filled with time spent in, on or by the sea. Who could have ever imagined that now I'm retired and living in the Sonoran Desert! I intended for the card to be masculine but by adding the rhinestones to give the look of sparkling water I am unsure if I could get away with that now.

On a panel of die cut cardstock, the Sea Fan coral was heat embossed in two colors. The other four images were stamped, heat embossed in various colors and fussy cut. A panel of paper with shells was adhered to a panel of cardstock. The striped Washi tape was thought to be paper until it was cut to size. There was a peel away backing for adhering it and liking the Washi look, it was used for the ribbon and the banner. The die cut panel in Pool Party was adhered to a panel of Vanilla cardstock, then the Vanilla was fussy cut as a mat. It was adhered with foam tape to add dimension. The images were also adhered with foam tape. This was all added to the card base, which was lined with
cardstock and decorated with a heat embossed Sea Fan coral image in Pool Party powder.

Visit the AHSC and JUGS blogs for challenge fun!

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting, heat embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: "By the Tide" and "By the Seashore"
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Pool Party
Misc.: Embossing powder (various colors), Dimensions foam tape, rhinestones

Other Materials
Inks: Versamark
DSP: Paper Pizzazz "Sea Shells" (from Joann's)
Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangles


  1. Melanie, I love your interpretation of this sketch! I'm really glad you showed a few photos of your card as the original photo makes it a little difficult to see some of the embossing but it is much clearer in the photos taken from different angles. And this works wonderfully a masculine card! Great theme and everything is so well pulled together. Awesome! :)

  2. Wow, so many amazing details have gone into this card- it really is stunning and I love your take on the sketch. Thank you for sharing with us at AHSC.

  3. Beautiful card Melanie! I love that designer paper and your stamped images are perfect! Fantastic beach themed card! :)

  4. This is such a pretty card! Love your take on the sketch, and I think you could still get away with it being a masculine - even with the little bit of bling! Thanks so much for joining us this week at AHSC!

  5. Great job! I love the Starfish! I love anything from the ocean so this is right up my alley! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  6. Stunning, stunning, stunning! Wonderful job, Melanie! So many awesome touches, as always. Yes, this could be a masculine card, I think! I even asked my spouse and he agreed- he said he loved it-- it's so nice. I have some K&Co paper with an ocean theme, so TY so much for the ideas! Thanks for playing along again w/ us @ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog. :) ~Ali (AHSC Design Team)

  7. I love how you were able to look at the sketch and see something other than flowers! So creative, great job!

  8. I love your card Melanie and I think with the sequins it sure still could be a masculine card! Washi tape ribbon look was a great idea too! Thanks for playing along with us over at Just Us Girls this week and we hope to see you again soon.

  9. Jaws Some! Lol! I was typing awesome and spell correct decided jaws some was! Love this! Such a great take on the sketch and so different....very cool! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic hearts this week!

  10. I love the colors and all the detailed work that went into this card! I'm sure any guy or gal would be a happy recipient. Thanks for sharing it with us at AHSC.

  11. This is beautiful! I love the embossing of the sea fan and shells and the sprinkling of the little rhinestones. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  12. I wanna go snorkling....the embossing really makes you feel you are under water...great interpretation of the sketch, I could only see flowers, so heads up on your imagination.