It’s been pretty warm here in Southern Finland the last couple of weeks, and is definitely feeling like summer. I’m very lucky because I can go to the beach during my work day! For those of you that don’t know, I work as a nanny, and taking the children to the beach is a perfectly acceptable thing to do as part of my work day. I’ve not been in the water yet. The elephant on my card seems to be enjoying the water very much though!
I started my card with some die cutting. I took the five smallest circle dies from my Sizzix Circle framelits and taped them together with washi tape as evenly spaced as I could get them. I then ran them through my Big Shot with several different snippets of paper. I used a dark blue mirror card, regular dark blue card, blue patterned paper (a denim looking pattern), and a snippet of watercolour paper that I’d made for another project. I did have some other snippets I was going to cut as well, but after those ones my washi tape fell apart and I decided it wasn’t worth trying to get them lined back up the same way again. Four different papers seemed good enough, anyway!
I then took a large piece of scrap printer paper, put some tape runner along it, and started arranging my circles over the top. I made four different circle panels in the end, each different. I decided to use the one with the mirror card on the outermost and innermost portions, and set the other four aside. I ran the one I’d chosen back through my die cutting machine to remove any excess printer paper from around it. I then set it aside whilst I worked on my other elements.
I knew I wanted to use an elephant from Heffy Doodle’s Elephant of Surprise, and I wanted to add sunglasses. The sunglasses come from Paper Smooches’ Chubby Chums. I stamped the glasses down first and then positioned the elephant over them. Ordinarily I would have masked the glasses off but I didn’t feel like going to the effort of making a mask as there wasn’t a lot that needed to be masked off. It was only really the eyes that would be within the area of the glasses, so when I inked up the elephant stamp I just carefully rubbed the ink off of the eyes.
I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to colour the image in. I used Ice Greys and a Blue Grey for the elephant itself. Initially I was going with my usual light direction for my shading but then I thought given the way the scene is, it made more sense for the light to be coming from above, so I changed the colouring up and I hope I got it right! I then used Brown Greys to colour in the sun glasses. In order to make the glasses look a bit more realistic I added some white gel pen highlights across them, then coated them with Tonic shimmer pen. I then fussy cut out the elephant.
At this point I laid the elephant onto the blue circle ‘water’ and felt that something was missing. I wasn’t quite happy with how the elephant looked laying directly on the water, and decided it would be better to have a float of some sort for the elephant to be on. I found another snippet of patterned paper that I felt would go nicely, and then cut it into a doughnut float (I think that’s what they’re called…?) using the smallest of my Sizzix Circle framelits along with a smaller circle die from a stamp set by The Greeting Farm.
The last element to create was my sentiment panel. I used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Sea You Soon and white heat embossed it onto a snippet of black card. I then trimmed it a bit until I was happy that it was the right size to go with my other elements.
I used liquid glue to adhere the circle panel onto my white card base, then added the sentiment strip over the top also with liquid glue. I then put some very narrow foam tape on the back of my float, keeping it towards the centre of the ring. This allowed me to gently press the edges of the ring to curve them over edge of the foam tape, giving the float some roundness. I attached it to the water panel, slightly offset from the centre of the circle, then used the liquid glue to place the elephant on the float. The final addition was a bit of Glossy Accents on the lenses of the sunglasses.
I’m really happy with this card. The elephant looks so cute and relaxed floating around on the water. The nesting circle die technique was fun to do too, though a bit annoying when my washi tape started to fall apart. The layout I used works really well for this design too, and I’m glad I went with it. I’m also pleased that I did decide to add a float behind the elephant as it really helps complete the scene, and I think the touch of extra colour works well too.
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