This card would make a great retirement card or the sentiment can be changed to a birthday card for someone who loves the beach. You can almost see the waves crashing against the shore when you tilt the card and the little bit of dimension of the seashell.
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All the supplies used are from Stampin’ Up!
This card was inspired by the work of two different talented ladies. Lady number one is Michelle Zindorf. Michelle is a magician with a brayer and can create amazing scenes and breathtaking backgrounds. I created my background using this card as inspiration http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2010/02/23/jacksonville-fl-beach-inspired-tutorial-308/.
To create the background First I stamped the seashell in the upper right corner of a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with Early Espressos ink, next I created a mask by stamping the same seashell onto a post-it note, cut it out and placed it carefully over the original stamped image on the Whisper White cardstock.
I used a brayer technique to create the water and the sand. I started with the Marina Mist ink and brayered down 1/3 from the top left working my way on an angle towards the centre of the card, then I used the Pacific Point ink and brayered over the first colour but not going as far down, then I used the Island Indigo and brayered over the first 2 blues but again not going as far as the second colour. You want to see the different shades of blue. For the beach, I used the same technique as the water except I only used 2 colours, the lighter shade that I took until almost the middle is Crumb Cake then I I used Soft Suede for the darker shade. I went over the bottom right corner a few extra times with Soft Suede to make it a little darker. I used a Pretty in Pink marker to colour the seashell. I used a sponge to sponge the Whisper White pigment ink along the shoreline to create the look of crashing waves, I sponged lightly over the seashell. The last thing I did on the background was very carefully sponged White Shimmer paint over the water to give it a little shimmer.
The second talented lady that I was inspired by is Deb Valder, she has a lot or technique videos on Youtube. I used this technique https://youtu.be/ZTWENXAwmgs
to create the dimension on the sea shell. It’s much easier to watch the video than for me to try and explain it by typing it out 😊
I wrapped a piece of Island Indigo ribbon around the bottom of the finished panel. Then I stamped the congratulations in Island Indigo ink on to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock then used a matching die to cut it out. I curled the banner a little bit and adhere it to the card using tape runner on the right side and a dimensional on the left side to give the impression of the banner waving a little.
I adhered the finished panel to a 5 1/4″ x 8″ (folded at 4″) Crumb Cake card base, then I adhered that to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Island Indigo card backing.