Anniversary Memories

Stamps: SU Summer by the Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Kraft, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Various Copic Markers
Accessories: SU Seaside Embossing Folder, SU Layering Ovals Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Mini Glue Dots, Button
Techniques: Hand Coloring, Die Cutting

This card was made for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #87 called "Let's Get Sketchy".
I chose to turn this week's sketch 90 degrees, primarily because I wanted to make an anniversary card, and love the Stampin Up 2004 "Summer by the Sea" set for warm memory type cards. The couple fit a horizontal oval much better than a vertical one.

My base is the standard A2 size cut from retired SU Groovy Guava cardstock, and folded in half. The brown panel is 5-1/4"x 4" SU Kraft cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot using the SU "Seaside" embossing folder. I glued the embossed panel with a liberal use of Tombow and then put it under a lightly weighted book to ensure it dried flat. This embossing folder embosses deeply in one direction, so it tends to curl the paper.

I stamped the couple using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (good to use when coloring with alcohol inks) onto SU Very Vanilla cardstock. Then began hand coloring it with Copic markers. Here are the colors I used:
   Guy: Tuscan Orange (YR27), Light Suntan (E13), Baby Blue (B21), 
           Mint Blue (B01), Peacock Blue (B06)
   Gal:Lipstick Naural (E04), Light Prawn (R22), Blush (R20)
   Grass: Pistachio (G43)

I then used SU "Layering Ovals" thinlits dies to diecut the couple and the Blue Bayou matting. 

Next, I needed the line element the sketch requires. So I cut a Groovy Guava strip 1-1/2"x 4", and layered on top of it an 1"x 4" Blue Bayou strip. They were glued together with Tombow. Then glued to the card front with liberal amounts of Tombow to ensure a good adhesion to the rippled panel.

The matted hand colored image was attached to the card using adhesive foam strips on either side of the vertical panel.

The sentiment panel was stamped onto SU Very Vanilla cardstock using the "Happy Anniversary" saying from the SU "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set (they are discontinued as of 2018, but I bought mine in 2009). 

Again, I diecut the sentiment and it's Blue Bayou matting with SU "Layering Ovals" thinlits dies. These two ovals were glued together with Tombo, then glued across the vertical stripe element using tombow glue. I found a cute rose button in my stash, so used wire cutters and sanding paper to remove the loop on the back, and attached it to the card with two Mini Glue Dots.

I am rating the difficulty level as "2" out of "5" because of all the steps. None of the steps (except hand coloring) were particularly hard, there just a lot of them with all the layering, coloring, and texturing. I think this will make a great anniversary card for my brother and his wife next month!


  1. What an endearing image, beautifully colored, the sketch worked so well with it.
    Love the texture of the background embossed panel too.
    Thank you for sharing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

  2. Oh, how sweet! I love the colors you chose and the image is wonderful!! Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  3. This was such a GREAT set, I am thrilled that you used it! Perfect for an anniversary card, and you've colored it so nicely! Thanks for playing with our challenge this week!

  4. Lovely anniversary card! I love your coloring and great take on the sketch! Thanks so much for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  5. This is amazing, I love how you rotated the sketch and your beautifully coloured image works so well with embossed panel.Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT


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