Sunday, June 5, 2016

Huge Thanks! (Masculine)

6/08/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner at the Atlantic Hearts Challenge.

How many paper "collectors" are there besides me? I bought this paper collection when it was introduced and could not bring myself to use it for several years. Then a few months ago I decided to use old paper before purchasing new so this retired paper provided the nautical theme for my card. I have used it once or twice before in recent months and now it seems I cannot use it up quickly enough!

Because Pool Party is a shade of blue my card takes on a bit of a patriotic flair as red, white and blue.

I mixed five different paper patterns to make the card. I cut all the elements to cover a panel of Pool Party cardstock, including the cut out square at top center. On a card base of white, a panel of navy cardstock was adhered along with another paper pattern for the background of the whale. The Pool Party and adhered elements were added, popped up using craft foam.
The whale was adhered to white cardstock for stability, fussy cut and popped up with foam, then covered with Glossy Accents. The sentiment was stamped and adhered with craft foam. The clear droplets were added. The inside was stamped with little fish for decoration.

My card is being entered into four challenges:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #162

2. Creative with Stamps #3

3. Can You Case It? #123

4. The Paper Players #298

Size: A2 (4/25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Ink: Pool Party; Stampin' Write Marker in Night of Navy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pool Party
DSP: Maritime Collection
Misc.: Dimensionals

Other Materials
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Surf and Turf" (sentiment and interior)
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets, Glossy Accents, Craft Fun Foam


  1. Melanie, this is a fantastic masculine card! I love your mix of patterns and the glossy accents looks great on the whale! I too am a paper hoarder, so I get it! Thank you for joining my theme challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

  2. Super card with a great mix of paper. I am a paper collector as well. Thanks for playing along at AHSC.

  3. Fantastic! Love the whale with glossy accents and yay for you using up stuff!

  4. Awesome card Melanie! Love that designer paper and your whale image is so cool! Perfect colors and design! :)

  5. What a great masculine card. The glossy whale is perfect- he looks wet! Super job creating that AWESOME nautical feel. I, too, am a paper hoarder- oh my- the best kind of hoarder IMHO! LOL Loving this card- big thanks for playing with us at AHSC!! Just love having you with us. ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  6. I love it! I am also a paper hoarder! We need a 12 X 12 step program to help us with out addictions! Your card is great, the pun...huge thanks with a whale is awesome! Wonderful job and kudos for using up your stash! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  7. Pretty with all those papers. I am so with you on using them up. Hugz

  8. Oh Melanie, I love all the paper on this card, and that the whale is shiny! So cute!

  9. I collect paper too... ;)
    Great card - thanks for joining us at "Creative with Stamps",
    Eunice (DT)

  10. Such a great mix of patterns and I love the water droplets! Great card...Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  11. My name is Hannelie and I am a paper collector too!LOL!
    Your card is beautiful! Love the way you combined the different patterns Melanie!
    Thanks for joining The Paper Players!

  12. I love the water and fish-based patterned paper that you used, Mel, to match the whale theme - and the "huge" word in the sentiment wasn't lost on me either (relating to the size of the whale...) - cute! All the little details from the water droplets to the glossy accents on the whale to make him shiny bring this card all together. Love the colour combination. Another masterpiece :)

  13. Fabulous I love it! Thanks for joining CYCI :) Eva

  14. This card is fabulous! Love the papers! Congrats on the top 3!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
    The Leaf Studio

  15. Wow, I guess I was a little behind on my commenting with my trip to Buffalo. This is a great masculine card, which you never seem to have a problem with. Very colorful and great sketch interpretation...congrats on Top 3 winner.

  16. Haha! I have so many papers I keep hoarding and can't bring myself to use! Happy you chose to use this one. Thanks for playing along at Creative With Stamps-Masculine card Challenge this month :-)