"It's better the feed one cat than many mice."
I am back with another beachy card. It doesn't look too hard, but it took me forever to make.....to get all the elements just right...but I love how it turned out! I used my Beach Keen set again from Fresh Squeezed Stamps. Such a fun set!!
I went for a super-bright and splashy look for this card. The striped paper is from Doodlebug Springtime
that I received as a prize. (THANKS, Doodlebug!) The colors were perfect for my card.
Here's the Sketch Saturday plan I used for my card:
To make my flip flops, I turned over the clear acrylic stamps and inked the backs with my Color Box Tropical stamp pad. The bands of color on this pad were just the right size for making the multi-colored flip flops. I heat embossed the stamped shapes with clear embossing powder to give it a sheen and a slightly dimpled appearance. Next I inked the correct side of the stamps (the side with the straps) with Staz-On black ink that would stamp nicely over the top of the embossed surface. (Isn't it amazing how I can describe in a few sentences what took me well over an hour to do!?! Ha. I had a long line of flip flops before I could match up a pair that was satisfactory! Ugh. lol...)
I stamped my little shells several times using different colors of ink and embossing powder: clear, khaki, and yellow powder. Since I can never stamp right exactly over a previous stamping, I used this "problem" to my advantage to give the shells a little bit of depth. :) I stamped and embossed my sandy background with the same colors, but also some orange.
Please notice the rough textured orange and pink papers under the stamped panel. These are from DCWV The Fiber Stack. I LOVE the organic feel to this paper. DCWV makes several different color packs of this paper, I have the one with the bright colors. The natural texture and vivid hues were just what I needed here.
That's all for now. Hope your week is off to a good start! Thanks for all your amazing comments. I so appreciate each one of them!!
Have a lovely day!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Sketch Saturday Week #313
2. MFP Simple Salutations Challenge #100 - Beach
3. Fantastic Tuesday Challenge #38 - Summer
4. Pile it On Challenge #23 - Patterned paper
5. Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge #66 - Embossing
CAT STATUS UPDATE:
All the cats are fine. The dog is not. Growler continues to go to the neighbor's house (abt a mile away) where there are kids and other dogs to play with. Growler is despondent because my husband is out of town right now and I think she is bored. Do you think we should get a puppy to keep her company? Arrrrrghh...what am I even thinking????