Monday 7 September 2015

Sandcastle at the Beach

As summer slowly comes to an end, I thought I'd share a reminder of brighter days and holidays!  This card was made for my great niece's 3rd birthday - but in the photo I hadn't yet added the number; for which I used a peel-off.


The base card was made by folding a sheet of A4 white linen card in half and then trimming it to measure 14.8 x 14.8 cm square.  The turquoise base mat was die cut using the two outer dies in the Twisted Twine set by Tonic Studios; turquoise baker's twine (WRMK) was then threaded through the holes and tied in a bow at the front.  Having cut a mat from supersmooth white card using the third largest die in the Tonic Studios nesting scalloped squares set, I stamped the little girl on the right hand side (Creative Expressions - Beauty and the Beach).  
The image was stamped again onto the end of a roll of art masking tape (Eclipse) and cut out.  Once the image of the girl had been masked off, I stamped the sandcastle to the left of the first image, but overlapping so that it would appear that the little girl was in front of the sandcastle, when the mask was removed.  I left the mask in place however, and used the the same technique to mask off the sandcastle; all except the flags, as they were too fiddly to cut out.  As I was intending to colour the flags red, they didn't really need the mask.  Before applying colour, I also ensured that the 'beach' section at the bottom of the topper was covered up.  The sky was created by using Stonewashed Adirondack ink and a brush, over the Claritystamp cloud mask.  I gradually moved the mask down the piece of card adding colour as I did so; hence the darker blue at the top, as it was exposed all the way through the process.
I removed all the masks; used ProMarkers to colour the stamped images and the 'beach' at the bottom; finally I stamped a happy birthday sentiment using black archival ink.  The finishing touch was to highlight the bucket - which I deliberately coloured to match the backing mat - using a versamark pen and detail clear embossing powder.  I love the bright, colourful result and I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Colorful!

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