Well, when I saw this card when I had finally finished it, I thought, "Wow! Did I really want to make such a busy card?" The answer was yes, because I'd been asked by a customer to make an exceptional Wedding Card. The couple, whose wedding was this past Saturday, have an overwhelming love for the ocean as well as for each other, and my customer wanted a card that featured the ocean. So ocean I gave her!
No you don't have to count the elements on the card – I have them all counted for you! There are 10 cut out images from two stamp sets, By the Seashore and By the Tide. There are three pieces of card stock to form the card front. I used two colors of card stock – Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana (there's that ocean theme again!) and two different Embossing Powders – Dazzling Diamonds and White, which I mixed together to emboss the 10 cut out shells and the one that's stamped directly onto the card front.
To make the "waves" on the card front, I put a piece of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda together and hand cut a wavy pattern twice across the front. Then I used the top and bottom piece of the Bermuda Bay and the middle piece of the Coastal Cabana to make the final card front. To do this, I first roughed up the edges of the "waves", then used some transparent tape to put the cut out pieces back together, with the roughed edges showing on the front. Then I adhered this set of pieces to the 5-1/4" square card base (made of Whisper White Naturals Card Stock). Finally, I applied a bit of Versamark reinker across the waves in small amounts and added my Diamonds/White embossing powder mixture. Once I finished a wave, I used the heat gun to set the embossing powder. To get a bit more white, I used my White Signo Gel Pen in a few spots.
I laid out the shells to find the shape I liked. Then I adhered some of them directly onto the wave layer with Snail Adhesive. I layered the rest of the shells over those using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Once I had all my shells lined up, I added my greeting, which is from the Best of Greetings Stamp Set. I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with plain White Embossing Powder before punching it with the Decorative Label Punch. I made the white mat by punching scraps of Naturals White Card Stock with the same punch, cutting them out and then allowing the edges to peek out from all four sides of the punched sentiment.
The final touches for the card front are all those Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I used two different sizes, with large rhinestones filling in what I thought seemed to be empty spaces and smaller rhinestones accenting some of the shells.
With this kind of a card, there needs to be something special inside, and my friend and I chose a quote that we found online and modified a bit to include the reference to an ocean. But how do to this? Well, My Digital Studio to the rescue! I happened already to own the By the Seashore Digital Stamp Brush Set, so there was my accent. And I just used one of my own fonts to create the digital sentiment, cut with the Sizzix Labels Framelits, and matted with Coastal Cabana Card Stock, also cut with a framelit.
The last touch was the envelope which I stamped simply with the same starfish I used on the front and inside of the card.
And my friend/customer LOVED THE CARD!!! Woo hoo! I didn't go too far. She said you could never find a card like this in a store and it was perfect for the couple whose wedding they were to attend. Success is always sweet – and always makes it seem like i had a lot of fun making this Card.
Oh and the number of elements? Well, at least a couple of dozen 🙂