Joy Is Not In Things

Come join us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday for challenge #511 whose theme is "beach days". This is my Design Team card to help get your creative juices flowing! I chose to create a restful beach theme with calming waves, warm sand and soft colors.

I haven't used my two retired 2003/2004 Stampin' Up! (SU) beach theme stamp sets for years, but when I saw the TSOT theme, they popped immediately to mind! I started by stamping the images in black ink, then hand colored them with Copic markers. I wanted to scan them into my ScanNCut digital cutting machine so that I wouldn't have to fussy cut them by hand. But, because there are breaks in the lines forming the outside edge of the stamped images, the scanner can't find the shape unless you pencil in over the gaps to give it a continuous line to scan. This was easy to do, and the scans were perfect! I set the machine to leave a 0.04" outline order when it cut them out.

For the card base I used 110 lb white cardstock. The main background is a piece of light blue shimmer cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot inside the SU "Seaside" embossing folder. The copper shimmery cardstock was run through inside the SU "Subtle" folder.

The three hand-colored images were backed with foam tape and attached to the card front. The sentiment was from the "Summer by the Sea" set. It was stamped with black ink, then die cut using the SU "Stitched Nested Labels" dies. Because the dies were longer than the label required, after die cutting the sentiment, I slid the same die down slightly and ran only the bottom of the sentiment with it's newly positioned die through the Big Shot... do NOT run the entire sentiment piece through the machine!!! I made the dark blue mat for the sentiment piece the same way.

I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5" because of all the steps and the need to either digitally or manually cut out the stamped images.

Stamps: SU Summer by the Sea, Sketches
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Recollections Shimmer Pad, DCWV Shimmer Stack
Paper Size: 5"x7"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: SU Seaside Embossing Folder, Subtle Embossing Folder, Brother ScanNCut, SU Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Foam Tape, Wink of Stella Glitter Gold Brush
Techniques: Digital Cutting, Embossing, Die Cutting