Saturday, June 3, 2017

Surf's Up with Emerald Creek

For this month's Emerald Creek Surf & Turf Dare, I chose to take on the surf with an under the sea Warmest Wishes card.

While it looks pretty intricate, this card was actually fairly easy to make and it comes together quickly with great results.

First, I started with a 5 1/2 x 51/2 piece of Canson XL watercolour paper and my new Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I used the smooched ink on a craft sheet and spritzed with water technique, drying between layers and going back in until I was happy with the results. Next, I used the Kimilese 3 stamp and Tumbled Glass Distress ink and randomly stamped my background adding another visual layer going for a watery effect.

Then, I turned to creating the other elements. On watercolour paper, I stamped the Cerith shell with Tea Dye and the Conch shell with Dried Marigold Distress ink and heat embossed them with Fine Clear embossing powder, and fussy cut them out. Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut out a small medium and large card sized version of a coral image. I coloured it with Peeled Paint Distress ink using a blending tool and then added some VersaMark ink. Once they were inked up, I covered then with Forest Foliage embossing powder and partially heat set it. Just enough to activate the emboss powder but retain some of the fussiness. Some of the powder will likely fall off, if not set enough but no worries... it just adds to the effect.

Next, I took the coral, shells, and background watery piece and played with them until I was pleased with the arrangement and knew where to place the sentiment. I stamped the Warmest Wishes and heat embossed it with Oil Rubbed embossing powder. Once, that was completed, I distressed all the edges and was ready to assemble it all.

I adhered the water background to a thick 130lb cardstock base. Using glue dots, I arranged the coral so that it was somewhat layered and loose. Next, I shaped the shells, giving them some natural contouring, and maintained it as I adhered then on top of the coral by rolling pieces of foam tape and strategically placing it under each shell. Lastly, I glued on some Citrine gemstones giving it the perfect finishing touch!

I hope I have inspired you to give this card a try. If you do, please be sure to share your results with me either in the comment section, or through IG or FB.


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