As I mentioned a couple of times earlier this week, I’m going to try to change up the way that I share my projects and Stampin’ Up! products with you on my blog. For one thing, I’d like you to know that Tuesday will feature some kind of technique related to card making. Tuesdays will also have a monthly theme. For Thursdays, I’m adopting the oldie-but-goodie theme of Throwback Thursdays. I’ll pull a project from a project blog post 6 to 10 years ago and reimagine my project with current techniques and Stampin’ Up! products.
Saturdays, however, will be a catch-all. Every week I do a lot of card-making. And not all my card-making fit into the Tuesday and Thursday themes. So on Saturdays, I’ll be sharing something that I’ve really enjoyed making or a Stampin’ Up! product that I’ve really enjoyed using. For today and the remaining Saturdays in August, I’m planning to share with you one samples of my newest loves – the Slimline Card.
A Slimline Card With the Waterfront Stamp Set!
If you’ve been following me that last month or so, you know that I’ve become very enamoured of the Slimline Card trend. It’s not the first time that the trend has shown its lovely head. But it’s the first time since social media can take an idea and go after it full blast. Do you have any idea how many companies out there are designing and making stamps and dies to fit the Slimline Cards? Tons!
But while Stampin’ Up!, with it’s catalog style (a style I really like for many reasons) can’t quite keep up with a fast-emerging trend, it does have many, many products that lend themselves well to decorating a slimline card.
The Waterfront Stamp Set is one of the stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog that is perfect for creating a scene of any size. You could certainly use a palm tree or two, a beach shack, and the sand and sea and have a perfect little card. But use 5 Palms treets, 3 shacks, and a long sentiment, and that stretches nicely along an 8″ layer of Whisper White Cardstock.
Could a Sentiment Be More Perfect?
I knew what I wanted my waterfront scene to look like when I put the stamp set on my desk. What I didn’t know was just how I was going to get a sentiment to fit on the card. Oh, there was space. But I wanted where I put the sentiment to make sense. The making sense was more in a design sort of way. But I had no idea that a quick search was going to fit so well. With all that distance between the palm trees on the left and those on the right. how could a sentiment like this one not be perfect! I can hardly wait to try that sentiment with another stretched-out design.
Creating the Sand and Sea
The one thing that was a bit harder with the long card was figuring out how to make the sand and sea look like one long stretch. The sand was a bit easier as I could just turn the stamp that I chose to use around. But the sea was harder. What I ended up doing was stamping the triangular texture stamp in two directions using two different colors – Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay. I also took a Blender Pen and added a bit of light coloring to try to merge all the stamped images together a bit. I think it worked.
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