Tuesday 14 June 2011

Nature's nest holiday thank you

I am hanging my head this morning because I promised you a coordinated gift set and it isn't here. This is because I suddenly realised I only had today to show you the card I made for One Layer Wednesday! This is one of my favourite challenge sites and, for one reason or another, I never seem to get to take part in their challenges. This week Jennifer is asking for one-layer cards inspired by summer and/or summer holidays - so here's the card I made:

Sponged one-layer cards are probably my favourites to make so I had great fun with this shoreline scene. I chose to use Confetti Cream card stock again because I thought the speckles would work well with this theme.

The beautiful shell image is from the Nature's Nest set and I love it! I coloured it with markers before stamping onto the card stock, then used a blender pen to pull the colour out. The shells were masked while I sponged in some sand and sea and then I used an old stiff paintbrush to stipple Whisper White craft ink between the two. Brilliant fun!

I highlighted the centre of the card with an embossed frame made with my fiskars trimmer and a bone folder - not very sophisticated but it works! The corner of the frame makes a nice little home for a sentiment. I thought this card would be ideal for thanking neighbours who are looking after your pets or garden while you're on holiday!

Here's how to make this card:

  • Take an A5 piece of Confetti Cream card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Colour the shell stamp with Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride markers and stamp a design on the card front.
  • Stamp the shell again on the sticky part of a post-it note and cut it out to make a mask.
  • Mask the shells while sponging sand using So Saffron ink and use a piece of torn scrap paper to mask off the shoreline. Add definition with a touch of Tangerine Tango ink.
  • Sponge in the sea with Baja Breeze ink using the torn paper to create a ripple effect.
  • Stipple Whisper White craft ink between sand and sea.
  • Score a frame on the inside of the card front so that the raised line shows on the outside. I scored my lines 2cm in from each edge.
  • Add a sentiment in Basic Grey ink, using a stamp-a-majig to make sure it's straight.

Stamps: Nature's Nest, Thank You Kindly
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride markers

Making this card made me think longingly of long, hot summers, feeling the sand between my toes and the warmth of the sun on my shoulders. What I wouldn't give to be whisked away to a sun-kissed beach somewhere! Oh well, since there's a fat chance of that, I suppose I'd better shake my brolly out for the school run!

Thank you so much for popping in today and I promise to have that coordinated gift set here tomorrow!
Hope to see you then,


  1. Vicky - this is just fabulous!! I really love the beach scene and shells! I can almost hear the waves on the sand!!

  2. Beautiful card Vicky. Love this beach scene you've created and you're right, perfect for thanking someone who looked after your home / pets whilst you were away! It's got me in the mood for my holiday, only 8 days to go!!
    Hugs, Vicoria ~x~

  3. Great beach scene! It might make the friends who missed out on the holiday a bit TOO jealous!

  4. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card the inking you have acheive a great look......soooo nice ....just like our Beach....Lol...

  5. Oh Vicky, this card is so beautiful !!!A xx

  6. Beautiful card Vicky. Perfect for the one layer challenge.

    Hugs, Sandra

  7. Fabulous Vicky. I can almost feel the sand between my toes and hear the waves lapping on the beach (sigh). Really terrific card.
    Lynne xxx

  8. Love your summer card. I think your scored frame is lovely.

  9. Summer - what's that? Your card is very lovely and your scored frame finishes off the card perfectly - Jacqueline xx

  10. Gorgeous soft subtle colours Vicky and a lovely card
    M x

  11. A gorgeous card with soft gentle colours. the scored frame looks perfect around the seashells.


  12. Lurve your beach scene, the confetti cardstock works so well with the image Vicky. We had wall to wall sunshine today :)
    Jenny x

  13. What a beautiful beach scene Vicky! And you're right, the Confetti's speckles add so much to the scene!

  14. Wow! Your sponging is fantastic! Those waves look amazing! :)

  15. So pretty, Vicky. No one does sponged scenes as well as you! But... "shake my brolly"? (Sorry -- I don't speak "English" :) )

  16. Nice beach,,,creative minds think alike don´t we:)

  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous card. Such beautiful blending you achieved a perfect balance here. I love it.


  18. No seashells in my stamp stash! How frustrating ... because I so want to CASE this one! Thanks for sharing your techniques for this one ... so easy ... yet such a WOW! Hugs xxaxx

  19. Vicky, this is gorgeous! Love the colors and softness of the whole card, and the embossed frame adds just the right touch to the design.


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