Seaside Scene

Friday, 18 September 2015

Hya folks!

I can't believe it's been 4 weeks since my last post - the days are just whizzing past!  It'll be no time until certain boxes will need to be hauled down out of the attic and the real work begins!
I'm trying to think what has happened in the last 4 weeks that I can blog about... oh yes, my cousin got married and it was such a lovely wedding!  It's a long time since I've been at a wedding that was so relaxed and happy, it really made the day enjoyable.  But I forgot to bring my camera with me so got no photo's, silly me :/

Anyway, it's time for another challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!  We're up to the letter P and my dear teamie Mari chose...

P for Pelican, Peacock or other birds!

What a fab challenge!  And I even have stamps of both a Pelican and a Peacock!  The "other birds" bit is just incase you don't have anything with Pelicans or Peacocks.  I'd love to see how many other birds people can come up with that also start with P!  Penguin, Parrot, Pigeon & Parakeet are all I can think of off the top of my head. (I don't thing Polly would count!)

I had a good hoke through my stamps until I found my Pelican and here's what I made:

I used 3 Magnolia stamps on my card, Edwin, the Pelican and the porthole.  I used the following Copics: Skin;E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair, sails, bill;E44,Y23,21. Shoes, collar, hat, sea; B39,37,34,06. Sky'B91. Log, boat;E49,47,44,43,42. Suit, Pelican, clouds, frame;N5,3,1. And the blender.  I also added some Gellyroll clear and gold pen to highlight.


I drew the log that the Pelican is sitting on, cos I wanted it to be anchored on something.  This is why I love stamps - cos I love colouring but I cannot draw to save my life!!

I'm not totally happy with the way I coloured the sea.  I wanted to use the same blues that I had used on Edwins' collar etc, but it was a bit dark.  I added clear Sakura Gellyroll pen on the waves which has helped to tone it down in real life, but of course, the glitter doesn't show in the photo!  I'm so surprised that you can't see any glitter in the photo, cos there is loads of it!

The paper on the back that looks like wood panelling is from a stack called Old Treasures (I can't see anywhere on the pack who makes it).
For the sea I used some plain blue cardstock, cut it to size and spritzed it with lot's of water on both sides, then I scrunched it up into a ball and opened it out again.  It's amazing how much water it soaks up, cos I had to add a little more to get it to scrunch again to an amount I was happy with.  I then flattened it out and while it was still damp I tore away some paper along the top edge.  I used the bit I tore away as the back "layer" of the sea and turned the corresponding bit over to layer over it.  I then added another layer and scrunched up the top edges a bit to be a bit more wavy looking.
The front layer of the card is sandpaper, cut to size and torn across the top.
You can see the layers of the scene better in the side view, even if it is blurry!

The dies used are: Memory Box "Simple Banner", and 2 Doohickeys (the shell and the anchor) from the club magazine (volume 1).  I added some colour to all of the diecuts with Copics.  The "seaweed" is from a really old punch that I have and the "rope" is a little string of hessian knotted up and I added the crab charm with a star shaped brad which I coloured gold (and sealed with clear nail polish) in a failed attempt to make it look like a starfish!

The Eagle Eyed amongst you will have noticed in my blurry side view pic that the back panel in sitting up nice and straight with no apparent support.  It is, in fact, well supported with a nifty picture frame type stand that I fashioned out of a spare piece of card.  I even cut out the wee fold down notch to keep the leg sticking out!

And that is my card.  I do hope you can join us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, but don't go making yourself all a Puffin! ;P

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks; Circles, circles, circles. (the porthole)
Create & Inspire; Anything goes
Aurora Wings; Anything with wings (the pelican)
Fab N Funky; Recycle/Upcycle (I upcycled some sandpaper)
A Gem Of A Challenge; Boys, boys, boys
The Paper Shelter: A card with many folds
Papertake Weekly; Animal Magic (a pelican and a crab)
Quirky Crafts: Animal Magic (a pelican and a crab)
Southern Girls Challenge; Layer it up
Sweet Stampin'; Make a scene

Thanks for looking!