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Beachy Cards

I love the beach! So when I received my Hero Arts My Monthly Kit for June, I was so excited to start making cards. I have so many ideas, I had to reign them all in so I could focus long enough to make some cards...haha. So here is how I made these cute beachy cards.

Hero Arts My Monthly card kit for June.

I knew I wanted to make a couple of cards right away and one of them definitely needed to be a shaker card. So to start off with that, I used My Favorite Things Square scalloped Frames and cut one frame from kraft cardstock, cut out two frames from white fun foam covered in Stick It adhesive and hand cut a piece of Judikins Window Plastic the same size as the frame. I used Bristol Smooth Watercolor cardstock and die cut with the same die and only used the inside portion for the background scene.

For the background piece, I used the 3 part ocean stamp in the Hero Arts kit. I used my MISTI precision stamping tool (this tool is absolutely fantastic for stamping, I love it), that way I could line things up good and double stamp if needed. The first layer I used the lighter color, Summer Sky, then for the second stamp I used the darker color, Deep Ocean and then for the third color I used the same Deep Ocean. This is where the MISTI comes in handy, I have lined up the third stamp on my paper and inked it up, stamped it, inked it again and stamped it again. This makes that same color darker and it was already lined up using the MISTI. I then used the studio g ink and mini ink blending tools to lightly ink up the sky.

For the clouds, I used Soft Sky ink from the kit. I used Soft Granite ink from the kit for the birds and the dolphin. I cut out the dolphin with the coordinating die that came in the kit and adhered that to the back piece with Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid glue. I needed to stamp my sentiment so I lined up the frames, so I knew where I needed to stamp. I used VersaMark ink and the sand embossing powder from the kit, stamped and heat embossed the word HELLO. Then I took off the release paper from the foam frames and and adhered them to the card stock piece (A2 sized 4.25 x 5.5) above my sentiment, one on top of the other. You need to have this doubled up so your shaker pieces can move freely. I picked out my sequins and large glitter pieces and put those in the frame. Use and an anti-static powder tool or bag and run around the inside edges of the frame to remove any sticky residue so your shaker pieces won't stick (I forgot to do this). I put the cut piece of plastic on the frame, then used the liquid glue and adhered the kraft card stock frame I cut earlier.

I used the "my friend" sentiment from Avery Elle's Sentimental stamp and die set stamped in the Soft Sky ink from the kit. I felt like it needed a little more detail, so I used a white gelly roll pen and made stitch lines around the frame.

This card is done! I love a shaker card they are so much fun. Now for the next card...

So for this card I needed to cut out 3 kraft card stock frames, I will be stacking them on top of each other for more dimension. You could do this instead of using foam tape and 1 piece of card stock frame. I also needed to cut out a white frame from Bristol smooth watercolor card stock for the inside. Using this paper makes it so easy to blend the distress inks, rather than using a regular card stock. Using a regular card stock will blend, it will just take more work and you need to be light handed with the ink.

Using the 3 part stamp from the kit, I used Tim Holtz distress inks in, Cracked pistachio for the first lightest layer, Peacock feathers for the second layer and Mermaid lagoon for the third layer. For the sky, I used Broken china distress ink. The birds are stamped in Soft granite from the kit and I colored in the sand with my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers in TN1 and TN2. I used the white gelly roll pen and added some detail at the water line. I also used the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the ocean and sand to give it some sparkle (who doesn't love sparkle!).

Here is the sparkle, that pen is fantastic! It gives a great shimmer.

I cut another piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock a bit smaller than A2 sized because, I wanted a white on white look, since I am using the same card stock for my card base. I glued my 3 frames together using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and set those aside to dry with something heavy sitting on it (I use an acrylic block) so it dries flat. For the sentiment I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink. The sentiment is from the kit. I used the anti-static powder tool next to the sentiments so I could stamp the star fish from the kit. I used VersaMark ink and the sand embossing powder from the kit and heat set that with my heat tool. I stamped the chairs in Soft Granite ink from the kit and cut those out using the coordinating dies, also from the kit. The chairs needed some detail, they were a little flat, so I used the white gelly roll pen and made some lines on the chairs. I glued the frame to the smaller piece of card stock then, glued and inlaid the center piece. I used foam tape behind the chairs to give a little dimension.

I used foam tape to the back of the smaller card stock piece and adhered that to the card base. I love the white on white look of this because it has the dimension from the foam tape. It adds interest to the card. I added a few white sequins using the Multi Matte Medium liquid glue and my Marvy Jewel Picker to put them in place. It is finished!! I love how soft this card is, I would love to be sitting in those chairs right now. Thanks for stopping by, please share this with your crafty friends and hope you have a fantastic week!




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