Good Monday to you all. My day started early and included more cleaning for granddaughter. By 10 a.m. all was done, the last pickup load moved to their new house and they were on the way to their vacation.
I made myself finish mowing my lawn, fixed lunch and FINALLY got around to card making! I made two cards from the same design, and they are totally different. The original plan was to post both today, but as I used several colors and stamp/die sets, I will post one today and one tomorrow.
I wanted to do a window card, and the first one shows a sunset scene on the water. I began by scoring an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Whisper White at 4-1/4″ and 5-1/2″. Fold, toward the ‘mountain’, and look at it the way a normal card would open. Then fully open it out and cut off the upper left quarter, using the score lines as your guide. In the photo below you can see that the upper left is missing.
The next step was to paint my sunset scene on the outside of the upper right piece, which folds down over the sentiment panel.
I began by masking off the horizon line with Post-it Notes, covering the ground portion of the scene. Then, using the smallest circle in the Layering Circles Framelits I cut a mask for the sun and placed it about 1/3 below the horizon. Starting with the lightest color and using Stampin’ Sponges, I sponged the sky using, in order, So Saffron, Watermelon wonder, Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Pacific Point and Night of Navy. I left the sky lighter toward the horizon and darker at the top.
Next, I removed the mask and placed it over the sky so I could sponge the water. Beginning with Marina Mist, then Dapper Denim and just a touch of Night of Navy, I sponged the water. Using the water stamp from High Tide, I stamped with Night of Navy all over the sponging, taking care to offset the stamp placement so there were no obvious repeats, over-stamping a couple of times, just for a more realistic look.
Then, removing the sun mask and replacing it with the negative (the Post-it with a hole in the middle), I sponged the sun lightly with So Saffron. It looked a bit pale, so I repeated the process a couple of times to give it some depth.
For the reflection on the water, I used a white gel pen below where the sun was setting. Lastly, I stamped the birds from High Tide in Basic Black and the art was done.
For the front, I used the largest circle in the Layering Circles framelits, first laying it over the art to see what would show through the window, then eyeballing approximately the same placement on the card front. Perfect!
For the foreground scene, I stamped the sand in Sahara Sand using the sand stamp from High tide, not using the portion of the stamp that allows for the lighthouse. Three shorebirds from the same set in Basic Black march along through the sand and the Old Olive grass, also from High Tide.
Remember a week or so ago I did a card and wound up with several adirondak chairs. I used the one cut from Sahara Sand with the Hardwood stamp in Soft Suede for the final piece of the front, attaching it with mini stampin’ dimensionals.
This shows the front and the flap when it is unfolded.
Hmmm. I thought the top part of the front to be too plain. How to fix that? I considered sponging it, but wasn’t sure of my ability to duplicate the inside sky, which was the focal point, so opted to leave it white and punch out the new moon and some stars using the die from the new Card Front Builder thinlits, which will be available in the holiday catalog.
This allowed the sky to show through and did not detract from the main show.
All that remains is the sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set (retired), stamped in Pacific Point on Whisper White card stock. I added more shore birds below the sentiment in Night of Navy, liquid glued this panel to a Night of Navy mat and into the card base.
The card was done. A little tip: with all those layers inside, your card might not lie flat when closed. Mine didn’t, so I trimmed a scant 1/8″ off the art panel on the side next to the fold that closes the card (in other words, the long side next to the fold). This allowed the card to close nicely.
The envelope front received more shore birds in Basic Black, marching across the Sahara Sand at the bottom. The flap has flying birds, also in Basic Black.
I hope you enjoy this card. Stay tuned tomorrow for another version in this same style.
Card Cuts: Whisper White: 8-1/2″ x 11″ scored at 4-1/4″ and 5-1/2″, then the upper left quarter cut off; sentiment 4″ x 5-1/4″; Night of Navy: inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Sahara Sand: chair, scrap roughly 2″ x 3″.