Blue, green and natural....happy sigh! So pretty together and the colors reminded me of the beach, which reminded me that I soon needed a retirement card for a dear friend who....loves the beach! So, today's card was born:
It was very difficult to get a good photo of the colors. I guess the light background with fairly light colors did not add up to a bright card...no matter what the light was outside! I used a base layer of Naturals White because the flecks lend itself to the casual, rustic, beach feel. A combination of images was used to achieve the seaside look--coral in Pistachio Pudding and a trio of sea life in the challenge colors....how 'bout a close-up?
I stamped each one with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I had a hard time getting the colors to stand out just stamping on white paper with the colored ink. I thought the white embossing on colored cardstock highlighted the colors better. For the Lost Lagoon nautilus (?) shell, I cut around the swirl and used a double stack of dimensionals to make the center stand out.
You can also see in this photo that I sponged the edges of the base layer, as well as the shells and starfish with [retired] Champagne Mist shimmer paint. I still have several bottles of the stuff....I just love the soft color and lustre that it adds.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet today so you can get on with your day! Be sure to stop by the rest of the Design Team to see what wonderful ideas they are sharing this week. We hope you will play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, May 15th at Noon (PST). Thanks for stopping by today!
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Wowza, Nance! Seriously though, can you make a card…just one…that I don’t absolutely LOVE? Ha! This is so pretty and I love the little pearl details. Gorgeous! Happy Mother’s Day, my friend! Hope you have a fun day! Hugs! :)
Beautful card!! Sorry to see this stamp set retire.
I so love what you've done with these colors, Nance! These images are some of my favorite SU stamps ever and you've created a gorgeous card.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this card....you're right, these are beachy colors and I just adore how you used them! Perfect for your friend's retirement card...they will love it! The embossing in white really gives it a beautiful touch! Thanks for rocking my challenge!
Nance this is so pretty and just perfect for a retirement card. I love how you used the pearls for bubbles... so cool.
Also I keep saying I'm going to STOP spending so much $$ on every new stamp that comes out, and seeing the older sets used now with new colors... I have SO MANY stamp sets I haven't inked in forever! I always loved this set, so Thanks for the inspiration!
Absolutely fabulous card, Nance! Love it :) Trusting all is well with you and you had a fabulous Mother's Day :)
What a lovely card, Nance!! You have combined the elements to make a perfectly balanced beach-y card! I LOVE the embossed and cut layers...so pretty! The combination of the twine thread, pearls and the sparkle make for such an eye-catching card!! I'm sue your friend will treasure it!!
oh Nance! GORGEOUSness! Love this card! I was intimidated by this color challenge at first - but you sure created a masterpiece - Awesome!
The colors are perfect for this stamp set! They do remind me of the beach. Your friend will love this!
Beee-autiful card, Nance! Love the white embossing, love the pretty seashells, and the shimmer paint is awesome! Thank you for reminding me that I have it and never use it, haha! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
I didn't think beach at all when I saw these colours, yet your card shows they are perfect for this theme Nance! I love the little details - the depth to the spiral shell, the pearls and the shimmer - gorgeous!
Nance, this is just GORGEOUS! I love the beach and this card speaks to me! You made these colors shine! The layers, embossing, pearls, twine and shimmer are all my favorites! XXX
OK, this nautical card is perfectly done! I have to remember this one. You really rocked this color challenge!! Hope you and your mom had a wonderful Mother's Day!
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