Picture Perfect Seashore

By | February 27, 2016

Today, I’m making another get well card for one of my brothers-in-law.  It hasn’t been a good month for two out of three of them:(

I wanted to make a cheerful and heartfelt card.  So, I broke out two new stamp sets and went with a beach scene.  I was inspired by a card made by Michelle Zindorf (one of my favorite demonstrators/designers.)  She recently combined the Picture Perfect and Wetlands stamp sets on a card, and the combination was so pretty and inspiring that I was compelled to buy the two stamp sets so I could create one of my own.

Picture Perfect Wetlands sponge card 1

I started by stamping the starfish from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  This stamp set is really cool; it’s a two-step stamp set that creates photo like images.  I absolutely ADORE the starfish!  It’s just gorgeous.  I grew up near the beach in Southern California, so this is near and dear to my heart.

Initially, I tried lining up the two-step stamps by eye, since the stamps are photopolymer and see-through.  However, I got better results when I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure perfect placement of the second stamp.  For the starfish, I stamped the main body with Crumb Cake ink, and the details with Soft Suede ink.  Then, I took a Blender Pen and added some slight shading to make the edges look even more realistic.

Picture Perfect Wetlands sponge card 2

Next, I created the background on a sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I used a scratch piece of paper as a mask to “draw” the horizon line with Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay ink.  Then, I sponged Pool Party ink on the sky and Crumb Cake ink on the sand.

Picture Perfect Wetlands sponge card 3

Next, I stamped the shorebirds from the Wetlands stamp set with Early Espresso ink.  I did a quick internet search for some images to figure out how to color them realistically.  I mean, if the starfish is going to look that good, I might as well complete the picture with some really good looking birds too, right?  I used a Blender Pen and some Soft Suede ink to color the birds, as well as a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to draw in the white highlights.

Picture Perfect Wetlands sponge card 4

Lastly, I cut and frayed some 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, first to narrow it down so it wasn’t so overwhelming, and second to use some of the frayed strands to tie in a knot and decorate the card.  When I placed the strands down on the card, they sort of fanned out, and I decided I really liked the way it looked.  So, I decided to keep it that way.  I used the oval sentiment and starfish to anchor down the strands with dimensionals!

Picture Perfect Wetlands sponge card 5

I love, love, love the way this card turned out!

Supplies used on my card:

Tami Hewlett

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