7.17.2014

Sometimes You Just Need to Play!

And that, my friends, is how this card came to be. I recently bought this fabulous Surf's Up! Stamp set by Avery Elle. It was totally an impulse purchase. I didn't know why I needed it, but I NEEDED it. I know you've been there. You GET me.

BUT...that being the case, I realized that it was a little bit outside my usual style and kind of tricky for me. HOWEVER, I was not going to let that stop me, nosiree! So, I took it out, along with the Avery Elle Gift Tags stamp set and the coordinating tag dies and went to town! Or to the beach. (he-he... see what I did there?) Yeah, k... so moving on....

Mahalo


This was so much fun to create!!! I used a few different fun techniques. Firstly, I used a lighter color on the tag frames and then rolled the stamp edges in some darker ink to get a neat, beachy feel on those. The part I am most excited about is the wood grain on the van. I did that with several Spectrum Noir pens and I just love how it turned out! Even the sentiment found itself in technique-land, as I stamped it in a light blue color, wasn't thrilled with how it coordinated, so I went in with the Spectrum Noir pens and added some shading and blending to create a unique look. I kind of love it.

Mahalo (detail)


I am still new at this coloring thing, but I am really enjoying learning new techniques and trying out new things! This was definitely a fun one! Don't forget to PLAY sometimes. It's fun. I promise. (And I totes wouldn't lie about something like that, dude. This is serious stuff. For reals.)

I am entering this card in the Avery Elle AEI♥U Challenge: One Word.



You can find the complete list of the supplies I used in the links below.

Have a Happy!!!





12 comments:

  1. This is a great beachy card...love the way you coloured the wood paneling on the side of the van and the shading on the sentiment.

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  2. Fun! Love that woodgrain paper and the double tags!

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  3. Agreed Jennifer, sometimes with all the obligations we don't take time to play with our toys. Glad you did, fabulous!

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  4. this is so darn cute!
    i am with you- i have a couple open days and i get to play in my stash and it has been so fun! i would LOVE to come over to your house in play with your stash! this is awesome

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  5. what a cool card.. love those images

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  6. I am glad u got some time to play with ur impulse purchase :) and I love the cute card u made !

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  7. Love the "beachy" feel of your card! Thanks so much for joining the Avery Elle Challenge!

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  8. such a fab card! Love it! Thank you for joining the AE Challenge!

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  9. Such a fun card and love the word you chose! Thanks for playing the AEI♥U Challenge!

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