Monday, September 19, 2016

CASEing a Layout, Part 2

Yesterday's card, which fits so nicely in the Thanksgiving Crusade Challenge, isn't the only one I made that was inspired by Tracy May's gorgeous card on Pinterest. Of course, since I don't have a die-cut machine, my punches did the work, but the results are soft and fresh and fun anyway!

The sand dollar punch is from Martha Stewart and the branch (which substitutes as seaweed) is from Tim Holtz. Rather than use colored card stock for the seaweed and centers of the sand dollars, I stamped large shapes with Mama Elephant moon light and Impress Fresh Ink grass, then punched. Being able to stamp and then punch gave me just the shades I colored cardstock stash is, shall we say, not as robust as it used to be.

My ink stash, however, is growing by leaps and bounds. And yes, the embossing buddy made the moon light ink dry lickity-split.

The splashy background was made with Papertrey Grunge Me and My Favorite Things Jumbo Abstract Art stamps. The inks were Impress Fresh Sicilian blue and Avery Elle sea glass. I kept stamping until the coverage looked right.

Now, ordinarily, one might design this card with one or three sand dollars, following the rule that odd numbers typically are more pleasing to the eye. Tracy, for instance, uses one flower on her card. However, in the interests of unifying the sentiment and the focal point, I stuck with two sand dollars on a waterbed with pillows of seaweed.

Read into that what you will.

I recommend playing the soundtrack of From Here to Eternity while you do.

stamps: Hero Arts, Papertrey, My Favorite Things
ink: Impress Fresh Ink, Memento Luxe, Avery Elle, Mama Elephant
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: punches from Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart, circle punch (behind the sand dollars), rhinestones, glue, dimensionals


  1. So enjoyed this post Susan. Love the card - captures the essence of the sea beautifully.

    1. It's more up your alley than autumnal stuff, isn't it!?!

  2. Very well done...very clever! Love it! :)

  3. Those colors are dreamy (continuing with the "pillow" reference). I don't have either of them, so thanks for enabling!

  4. Ooh! Ooh! OOH! I love this. It is so soothing and just perfect in every way.

  5. A really wonderful card. Love the colors and that sentiment.


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