This week’s Crazy 4 Challenge had me shopping at the hardware store lol. The challenge was a beachy theme and to incorporate sand, I could have used real sand, sandpaper, sand stamps or sand images, I choose SANDPAPER, I thought the texture would add to the overall effect of the card and would be a little less messy than real sand. This is a belated birthday card for my Mom and one thing that she enjoys is her almost daily walks on the beach with my Dad and their 2 dogs, Cinnamon and Molly. This is my representation of their beach, with the waves rolling in and the woods in the background.

to see the other sandy, beachy cards from the rest of the talented design team check this out Crazy 4 Challenges

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Ok, this is the first time that I have used sandpaper on a card, and I have to say I like the finished look of it. I made the outside of this card first, I wanted the trees to look like they are off in the background and that the beach is stretching out into the distance.

The card is cut out of Brocade Blue cardstock and it is a 5″x7″ card. I also used Handsome Hunter and Garden Green and Bordering Blue all from Stampin Up. The Sky paper is from my Costco stash and like mentioned above the sandpaper is from the hardware store. Note it was one of the few that are sand coloured the rest were red or black.

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I cut the Sky paper to 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ and adhered it to the card front

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I covered the bottom half of the card with the Bordering Blue Textured Cardstock.

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I cut the sandpaper to fit over the Bordering Blue cardstock and then ripped into at an angle.

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I cut out the trees with a border die that was from Stampin Up and I cut them out of Handsome Hunter and the Garden Green.

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I layered and trimmed the pieces until I liked how they looked and adhered it to the card above the sand line. I added double sided adhesive to the back of some vellum cardstock and ripped it into waves and added it to the card along the shoreline and into the water.

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I cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY greeting out of Brocade Blue cardstock 3 times and layered them and adhered it to the front of the card.

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For the inside of the card, I cut 2 pieces of the sky paper to 4 3/4″ x 4″ and adhered them to the top of the inside of the card.

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I cut 2 of the tree borders out of Handsome Hunters and 2 pieces of Bordering Blue for the water, they are 4 3/4″, sorry I didn’t measure the height. I wasn’t too specific as I knew I was going to cover some of it up with the sandpaper.

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I ripped the beach out of sandpaper 4 3/4″ wide by about 2″, I also ripped more vellum waves.

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I used Karen Burnistons Spinner Square die set and followed her video to make the mechanism Spinner square video

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I used some scraps to decorate the spinner arm.

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I decorated the large square from the die set with some more scraps, and I made a little dog using Karen Burnistons cat and dog set. The “Love You” dies are older Stampin Up dies.

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This is Buster the dog, and Buster is an older Karen Burniston die set. I added a little bit of grey alcohol marker to give Buster a little dimension.

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I added the square, to the platform and the white dog to the spinner arm.

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I thought the beach needed some bushes so I added those at the end.

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if you want to see some more Spinner Square cards check these out

“Hay There Birthday Girl” Spinner Square pop up card

Happy Humming Bird Birthday card

My Naughty Valentine

A Gamers Birthday card

 

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