Good Monday Morning, friends! Did you have a nice long weekend? We sure did! It was filled with family, games, good food and laughter! What more could you ask for? Of course, it’s always tough getting started on the Monday after a long holiday, so I thought I’d ease you into the week by sharing a vacation inspired card with you. I created this card with Crafty Secrets Seaside Digital Stamps. This sweet digital stamp set features 20 vintage images including shells, sea birds, lighthouse, nautical rope and this darling little girl:
Like many of you, I was reluctant to make the switch from clear acrylic to digital stamps, but I’m hoping that today’s card will convince you to give it a try. I created this scene on a 5×7″ kraft card base, so you can see the images are quite large. I sized the little girl to measure 2″x3″ so that the proportions would be correct for a card of this size. This is something you simply cannot do without a digital stamp. And it was very, very easy.
I started this card by printing out the blue script and the postmark papers from my Creating With Vintage Typography CD.. I only needed a 5×7 rectangle of each, so that is the size I chose when I sent them to my printer. This way, the images are just the right size for my card! The blue script paper was inked with Vintage Photo, cut down to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and adhered to the 5×7 kraft card base. Then I went to work on creating the main image for the card.
I simply opened the Seaside Digital Stamps file that was purchased and downloaded from the Crafty Secrets website, copied the image I wanted to use and then pasted it into Microsoft Word where I was able to adjust the size to where I wanted it. Once I was happy with the size, I copied the image and pasted it onto the page one more time, in case I made a mistake with my coloring. (I’m still working on this skill, and it’s good to be prepared!)
I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol pens. I’ve found that I can color over images printed with my inkjet printer if I use these pens and the ink doesn’t run. I colored above and below the printed image to create the sand, surf and sky. When I was happy with my coloring, I used Spellbinder’s Large Curved Rectangle die to cut the images out. Then I used my clear acrylic stamps to add in the images of the flying gulls, stamping in Versamark and embossing with superfine white embossing powder. I filled in their bodies with a white Sharpie pen. I stamped the gulls onto the beach with Jet Black Archival ink, then stamped and embossed their bodies onto plain white cardstock. I cut only the bodies out and used foam tape to add dimension. The same was done with the sand crab and the seashells. I cut the image of the little girl out with my craft knife and set her aside until I was ready for her. Finally, the sentiment was stamped on the left hand side of the card using Jet Black Archival Ink. I used the Postmark paper and some brown corrugated paper to create the little fishtail banner, added the starfish charm and the twine bow. I went back with an embossing pen and added Frayed Burlap embossing powder to create faux sand on my beach. The edges of the die cut panel were sponged with Vintage Photo ink and glued down onto the blue script paper. Then, the little girl was popped up onto foam tape and added to the center. I love the dimension this added to the card.
The inside of the card was covered with a rectangle of the Postmark paper and a die cut piece of the blue script. I used the Rachel font included on the CD to computer journal the inside greeting. Easy peasy!
By the way, Creating With Vintage Typography includes 6 beautiful fonts that you can add to Word or whatever word processing program you use. That’s a very nice bonus!
I’m really pleased with the way this card turned out, and it opened my eyes once again to see the advantages that digital stamping affords. I still used some of my precious clear acrylic stamps, but I was able to do so much more by working with the Seaside Digital Stamps. I hope you will give it a try. I’ll be happy to help you in any way I can, as will each of the other design team members.
Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Who is the winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets online store? Drumroll please……..
#27: Regina Hamilton Congratulations, Regina! You have won a $25 gift card to the Crafty Secrets online store! I’ll be contacting you with the information you need to collect your prize!
That’s all for today, folks! Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving all your lovely comments. They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,