I know I've been using it alot but I couldn't help pulling out the Wetlands set again--it seemed perfect for a one-layer card!
Lots of stamping one this one! The key to my design was a mask I created from cardstock cut to the same size as the front of the card (4.25" x 5.5") and cut with an Oval Framelit. I attached the mask to my card front with removable snail which gave me an oval window through which I sponged and stamped! So Saffron, Pool Party and Crumb Cake were sponged to create the sky, water and sand.
For me, the tricky part to a one-layer card is creating dimension without adding layers! The Gorgeous Grunge set helped add waves to the water, with Bermuda Bay ink (stamped off once), and texture to the sand, with Crumb Cake ink. Piercing around the oval with the Occasions Paper Piercing Pack helped add even more texture.
I switched things up a bit on the inside by using Pool Party cardstock instead of the usual white or vanilla. Elements and stamps from the front were repeated on the inside and a sentiment from Blooming with Kindness coordinated perfectly.Oh my gosh--have you used the new Envelope Liner Framelits?! I just got a chance to play around with them and they are fantastic! So easy to make a coordinating envelope--love!
Before I go, I just have to share a couple photos with you...there will be more to come!
This was on a game drive in Serengeti National Park and, yes, the giraffe was this close!! He was right by the side of the road! Lovely creatures, they are. Can you see those little paths on the ground in the picture? Those are wildlife "trails" criss crossed all over the park. While it may seem to us that the animals walk all over the place, they actually follow an elaborate network of trails throughout their roaming areas.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip, was a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti on the morning of my in-law's actual anniversary. It was a breathtaking experience. Once back on the ground, we were treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush! Some amazing moments that we will never forget!
So after all that, I hope you won't forget to check out the work of my mates on the Design Team and then play along with us before Ann's challenge ends on Friday, August 23rd at Noon (PDT). Take care, friends!
The Paper Players Design Team
Stamps: Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Blooming with Kindness
Ink: So Saffron, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Bermuda Bay
Paper: Naturals White and Pool Party CS
Extras: Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Ovals Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Envelope Liner Framelits