Monday, 6 August 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: Postcards!

Hey all, i present to you all this fortnights Crafty Boots Challenge. Which this time has been set by Gabrielle. The challenge theme is: Postcards (think holidays, sand, sea and sun!)

I'm not gonna lie - i found this one a challenge. There are several Stampin' Up! stampsets i could have used but unfortunately didn't have them to hand, so i had to improvise and go down the holiday theme. This is what i came up with:

I've created a seaside themed 'step-card'. The cardbase is the appropriately named 'Pool Party' which i folded to create the three 'steps'.

The first step represents the sand and i cut and layered a piece of my hubbys sandpaper to create the texture. The shells have been stamped from the beautiful 'Natures Nest' stampset - i stamped these onto some 'Very Vanilla' cardstock using 'Soft Suede' ink and then layered them up on one another and placed a 'Basic Pearl' in the centre of the top one.

The sea layer is created from some aptly named 'Marina Mist' cardstock which i ran through the 'Big Shot' a few times using the 'Adorning Accent Embossing Folders' to create the embossed sea waves. I then stamped the cute little fishes (from the the fab 'Something Sweet' stampset) using 'Pumpkin Pie' ink onto some scraps of 'Whisper White' cut them out by hand and glued them in place.

To create the sky layer i worked with the 'Pool Party' base as the sky and created the two clouds by punching a piece of 'Whisper White' card using the 'Scallop Circle' punch and cutting it into two. I used my 'Bashful BBlue' Stampin' Write Marker' to add some detail to the edges of the cloud before gluing them to the base (the smaller cloud being attached in place using 'Dimensionals' to raise it up.)
Finally the sun has been created from 'Daffodil Delight' cardstock and 'Grosgrain Ribbon'. I punched out the card using the '1-3/8" Circle Punch' and then cut four pieces of ribbon and layered them behind to create the sunrays. I wrote the sentiment by hand using my 'Pumpkin Pie' 'Stampin' Write Marker'!

Hope you have time to have a go at this challenge - i can't wait to see all your creations! And make sure you check back to Crafty Boots Challenge Blog next fortnight as i have set the challenge and i think it will be a popular one!!

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  1. Hi Amy

    I am fascinated to see how everyone has interpreted this theme. You have designed a fab card and I love your use of sandpaper.

    Now all we need is the weather to go with your card!

    Dionne xxx

  2. Love the step card - very seasidey and just perfect!

  3. Love the sandpaper texture... such fun! (Oh and many congratulations on your new arrival I've just seen further up the page!)
    Alison x


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