Hiya friends! Today's card started with this great sketch over at Create with Connie & Mary--those gals always have the best challenges!
I'm not sure I stuck with the sketch exactly. :-) It's still in there and hopefully you can recognize it although it's been flipped up and simplified a bit. I wanted to pair with with my favorite stamp of the moment...Sail Away. I can't put it down! I love the line art and the movement of it--can't you just feel the Baja Breezes filling those sails?
I sure can! The sailboat was inked first in Versamark, then Crumb Cake, stamped onto watercolor paper, sprinkled with clear stampin' emboss powder and heat set. I lightly colored the sea and sky with my Aqua Painter and Marina Mist ink and a touch of Cajun Craze for the flag.
The Marina Mist turned out so light that it looked better paired with Baja Breeze so I crumpled and distressed a piece of Elegant Soiree DSP, edged it with the Spiral border punch and sponged all the edges with Crumb Cake.
Since the Sanded background stamp was sitting on my craft table from Sunday's card (yes, I hadn't cleaned up yet--shame on me!) I inked it up in Crumb Cake and stamped it on an angle on the card base. I usually stamp it straight all over the front of the card but this card was turning out all wonky and distressed so angled seemed to fit! My mom is laughing at this one (hi, Mom!) because she always angles everything and I always straighten out her angles! So, this card broke all kinds of rules for me!
For the Crumb Cake trim down the side, I used the double scallop from the Tasteful Trims die. See how both ends of the trim piece are rounded? This die cuts a long piece of trim--about 12" actually. So a short piece like this would have one end that was cut off. That just wasn't acceptable! So, I cut the cardstock a little bit longer than I actually wanted and ran it through the Big Shot to finish one edge. Then I picked it up, turned it around so one scallop hung over the edge of the die and ran it through the Big Shot again.
Which gave me a finished edge on both ends! Pretty cool, huh?
And here's the finished trim again. I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and finished it with a Vintage brad and some Early Espresso/Whisper White Baker's Twine. You can also see that the sailboat image is matted on some colored Newsprint DSP. It was actually a scrap, sponged with Baja Breeze, I had laying on my table from a previous effort that got put to good use here!
I made quick work of the inside with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, Sail Away stamped in Baja Breeze and another fabulous sentiment from Word Play overstamped in Crumb Cake ink. You can't see it in this picture but I also stamped the Sanded background inside on the Cajun Craze base. I can't put that one down either! :-)
So, I hope you've enjoyed the Baja Breezes of my Cajun sailboat today. Please let me know if you have any questions and, as always, I would love to hear from you! Have a great day, friends!
stamps: sail away, sanded, word play, you're a gem [retired]
paper: cajun craze, very vanilla, crumb cake CS; watercolor paper; elegant soiree & newsprint DSP
ink: baja breeze, crumb cake, early espresso classic ink; versamark
xtras: clear stampin emboss powder; early espresso baker's twine; vintage brad; tasteful trims die.