This is the card I had planned to share yesterday, but when I was working on it I kept having problems. It was not working out how I wanted it to and I was getting frustrated. At one point I felt like it was ruined and I would have to start over. I didn’t want to waste what I’d done though. So I ended up setting aside and coming back today to try to salvage it.
I started by stamping the crab from Paper Smooches’ Chubby Chums Pals as well as the ship from Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends directly onto a card base made from watercolour card. I stamped them with Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink. I also stamped the glasses from the Chubby Chums Pals set onto the crab.
Next I lightly drew in a shoreline just behind the crab using a pale blue watercolour pencil. I then started painting in my sea using a mixture of blue and green watercolour paints. I faded it up as it got towards where I imagined the sky would be. I then painted in some yellow-brown colours for the sand.
At this point I was already not happy with how things were going. It was not looking right. The more I tried to fix it the worse it looked. I tried adding colour to the boat and the crab but it wasn’t working.
After sleeping on it and giving myself some breathing room I decided to change course and not do a one layer card. I restamped the crab, ship and (separately) glasses onto a snippet of the same watercolour card and painted them.
I decided I would disguise the issues with my background by covering the whole thing with vellum to fade it out. A far away ship, for example, won’t be clearly defined anyway. First I added a bit more colour to make the background bolder so that it would still show through enough. I found some gold paint and added that to the sand, which I enjoyed doing but was perhaps unnecessary as the shimmer doesn’t really show through the vellum. I also added some white paint where the water meets the sand.
I fussy cut my ship, crab and glasses, then adhered the ship over the one I’d originally stamped on the card base. I then cut some vellum to the size of the card front and lined it up on the card so that I could work out where to add my sentiment. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches’ Chilly Chums, and I heat embossed it in black.
I used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue to attach the sunglasses onto the crab, then again on the back of the crab. Making sure the vellum was still correctly lined up I added the crab to the vellum so that it would completely cover the crab stamped on the card base. I turned the vellum over and applied more Tombow behind the crab. I also used my glue pen to add some glue behind the sentiment. I then turned the vellum back the right way and pressed it into place on the card base.
As a final touch I added some Wink of Stella to the glasses, then gave them a coat of Glossy Accents.
Whilst I’m glad I was able to salvage this card I’m still not really happy with it. I feel like it needs something more but I can’t think what. I think this will be going into my pile of cards that need to be adjusted. (And one day I’ll find the time to work on them!)
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