Hello, my crafty friends and thanks for stopping by! Today I’m sharing with you the card I created for the current Fusion Challenge (check it out here). I found this to be a perfect challenge because I had just got my Cardmaking and Papercraft issue and the cover gift was a bunch of beach themed stamps! I had already made one card that I’m really proud of with the larger stamps so I used some of the smaller stamps on this card. For this challenge, I decided to try and do the fusion and use both the photo inspiration and the card sketch. Let me show you what I created!
First I started with an alcohol ink background to be the backdrop of the whole card. The alcohol inks I used are: Turquoise, Indigo, Mermaid, Patina, and Cloudy Blue as well as Alcohol Blending Solution. What I like to do is squirt some of the blending solution all over the paper and then I add my inks. I find that by doing it this way, I get more natural movement from the alcohol inks as I add them especially when I’m using three or more inks and I’m doing a full background like this. The turquoise alcohol ink is my favorite, though, I think it is so pretty.
Next for the first strip/ panel like in the sketch. I took the sailboat from the cover gift stamp set and stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then took the ‘Ahoy There’ sentiment and stamped it using Versamark Embossing ink and then sprinkled my Ranger Fine Detail Silver embossing powder over top. I then heat set it with my heat tool.
I then ink blended with my Lawn Fawn Merman ink and my Stampin’ Up Island Indigo ink onto a piece of Bristol. The same piece I cut the boat strip from. In the sketch it shows a scalloped piece but I don’t have a scalloped die so I drew one free hand with a pencil and then I cut it out by hand with my Cutter Bee Scissors. Once I had cut the scallop trim, I cut down the piece so it would fit behind the other panel with the sentiment and boat on it.
I then did the most basic of basic coloring just to give my little boat a bit of interest. I used my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I didn’t even do any blending, I wanted the focus to be on the background that I made. I then took my 1/8″ Scor Tape and attached the scalloped piece to the bottom of the white panel. I then put 1/4″ Scor Tape all over the back of both pieces. I waited to apply them until I had the inside done.
I stamped the inside sentiment using a blue Gina K. Premium Dye Ink, I wanted the inside to connect to the outside color wise. I then took the Lawn Fawn Merman ink I used before and stamped a lighthouse from the same stamp set in the lower right hand corner. I really like decorating the inside of my cards, writing over it doesn’t bother me. I think it gives the card a little extra something, don’t you?
Next, I took 1/4″ Scor Tape and applied that to the back of the blue panel. I then took my top folding A2 card and lined it up with the alcohol ink panel and stuck them together. I then took the backing off of the 1/4″ Scor Tape I had on the white and scalloped strip and placed it on the middle bottom of the card. To add to the card, because I have no self control, I took my Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Peacock Feathers Jewel Mix and added a few of the gems around the silver sentiment. The blue in the jewels reflected the background nicely and helped to tie everything together, in my humble opinion.
Here we have the final product. I love the background a lot and how it looks like the ocean (which is what I was going for soooo) What do you think of the card? Did you create something for this challenge? I’d love to see it!
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