Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Scene

8/16/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner!

Growing up near the seashore and learning to sail at a young age makes me love all things nautical. I was inspired to create this card for a few challenges.

A panel of cardstock was adhered to the card base. The background of the art panel was sponged onto white cardstock using a masking technique: a torn paper for the mountains and a die for the clouds. The boat was stamped, colored and fussy cut, then backed with foam and popped up on the scene. A white gel pen provided the watery foam.

Dropping the card front onto an open ink pad also provided some unintended "interesting" highlights on the mountains and water.

The card front was adhered to the card base. A sentiment was stamped onto a banner, edge-sponged and popped up. The inside was decorated with a stamped lighthouse image.

Visit these challenges for creative ideas:
1. Cardz 4 Guyz #132 - By the Seaside 

2. Crafty Creations #321 - On the Beach

3. Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #69

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, coloring, masking, fussy cutting, masking
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Close to My Heart Materials
Stamp: Seaside Greetings (sailboat & lighthouse)

Other Materials
Stamp: Newton's Nook "Dog Days of Summer" (sentiment)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (sailboat)
Die: Lawn Fawn Borders (cloud masking)
Misc.: Uniball Signo White Gel Pen


  1. I love it Melanie! The sentiment is perfect with your image and I love your boat! :)

  2. What a beautiful scene with a perfect sentiment for summer. Your colouring is spot on and captures the sailboat in the water perfectly. Gorgeous :)

  3. A beautiful design, Melanie - thanx for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  4. Loving your techniqe, a great result with a wonderful restful card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT.

  5. What a fantastic coloring job on your scene (clouds, mountains and water) and your fussy-cut and coloring of your sailboat... perfection. Great sentiment.