Monday, July 3, 2023

A PLACE TO START - JULY CHALLENGE: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Life's A Beach

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

This month at A Place To Start we want to see your best "Beach" creations.  Of course, you may always play both options.  

Anything Goes or "Life's A Beach!"


Life's a Beach!  Enjoy the Waves!

I have had this small critter stamp and die set since 2020  and it has never been used.  The set included four stamps with matching dies.  There is an animal group for each season of the year.  I thought this summer set would be perfect for a split window card.

Very simple interior.  I think the sun adds fun to the inside.  And I have my water and a white sandy beach!
A Beach of Our Own
I colored a piece of vellum with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and Pumice Stone Distress Ink to create a little sand bar.  I needed to ground my images.  Behind my critters is another piece of vellum that I colored with Faded Jeans Distress Inks.  This is my nod to the waves!  

Step by Step
Tools Needed: 
Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Scoreboard, Piercing Tool, Die-cutting machine

Paper Supplies:
Paper: White Card (80lb or 110lb)  2 pieces cut to 4-3/4" x 4-1/4"
Paper: Vellum Shimmer or Plain.  2 pieces cut to 4.25" wide by 5.50" long
Paper: Colored Card. 1 piece cut to 4.25"x 5.50", and  1piece cut to 4"x 51/4"
Tape:   Strong adhesive tape runner and Double-sided tape

Stamping Supplies:
Rubber/Digital Image(s) (Size matters. The image will bridge your split.)
Sentiment Stamp(s)
Alcohol Markers or Colored pencils
Glitter pen (Optional)
Embellishments (Optional)

Die Cutting Supplies:
Die that matches your image or you can fussy cut your image
Border dies (Boderablities, Edgeabilities, etc.)
1. Stamp your images, color and die cut them then set them aside. 

2. Score the two 4-3/4" x 4-1/4" pieces at 1/2" on the 4-1/4" (left) side. Burnish.

3. Position and cut your border dies as desired at the bottom of your top panel and at the top of your bottom panel.

4. Insert the vellum panels inside your white panels.  Position your border dies on the vellum in the desired position and cut.

5.  Once you have determined the distance your vellum will "peek" from beneath your white card, secure the vellum temporarily with a piece of washi or purple tape.

6.  Take the smaller piece of colored card 4" x 5.25" and insert it into the flaps of your top and bottom halves.  Determine the distance you want between the halves.  You can test the distance with your image.

7.  Apply adhesive to the 1/2" flap to secure your flap to your colored card base.  Make sure to leave the washi tape on your vellum pieces to keep them in place. 

8.  Trim excess paper from the top, bottom, and sides
9.    Stamp your sentiment on the front of your card.

10. Apply adhesive ( glue runner is best) to the top and bottom flaps to secure your vellum.

11.  Apply adhesive to the back of your image and add your image to your card!

12. Apply double-sided tape to the back of your card face. (The glue will give you time to position your card face if you need to.)
13. Center your completed card front onto the 4.25" x 5.50" piece of colored card.
Add creative touches as desired.
I added a little Wink of Stella to the shell of my snail as well as the dress, wings, socks, shoes, and the dress of the little girl.

Finished Project

Thanks for Stopping By!
See You at A Place To Start!
Chana Malkah
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