As I write this, Hurricane Douglas has its sights set on not playing nice with Hawai’i. Living right on the ocean, I do get a little nervous when I see that happening. At least we no longer live in a big house on 2 acres of land where we had a ton of things we had to tie down or bring inside for hurricane prep. This time we only have to bring in the few orchids we have on our lanai (balcony). AND we now have new windows that have lots of hurricane protection gizmos in them. Nonethess, Douglas will be showing us the darker side of the ocean when he shows up.
That’s the Dark Side. This is the Lighter.
For the lighter side, I have a new slimline card to share!
This is actually the very first slimline card I made (well, that I’d show in public). This was back when I was playing with my first love in the Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog – the Whale of a Time suite. Especially the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper. I’m sure I’ve confessed by now that I didn’t buy the Whale Done Stamp Set as I thought I had enough in the way of sea images in the Seaside Notions Stamp Set. The stamps in this card are all from that set.
This was also the first time that I used my new box of Whale of a Time Sequins. Do you see those darling little coral scallop sea shells? The other sequins are from the same set. But that scallop is my favorite!
Now How Did I Get Those Windows?
While by now there are plenty of craft companies that are making and selling dies to create slimline card fronts, I went ahead and used one of the squares from the Layering Squares Dies. It made the cutest scalloped edge. Lining them up and spacing them was a bit of a challenge as I hadn’t done that before. The good news is that I have a pencil, so I could mark the corners of the squares on my card front before I ran the dies through my die-cutting machine. And that’s all there was to it!
I also find that it’s more fun to have stamped images overlapping the edges of windows to give some dimension to the card beyond that provided by the windows themselves. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the Whale of a Time papers are 6″ x 6″. As I needed 7 – 8″ of paper, I just put two sheets together and made sure that the area between two windows covered up the space where they met.
These cards fit into standard-sized business envelopes, either #10 or #9 envelopes. Those envelopes also have a LOT more room for decorating with stamps on the front. Making this style of card has given me something new to play with and I’m loving it. You might try it, too!