Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunshine and Sandy Beaches

For my card today I had visions of bathing suits hanging on the line after a fun day at the beach, the sun setting in the background. So I reached for my Hangin' Out-at the Beach set from Taylored Expressions and set to work. I used TESC116.

And this is what I ended up with!!! I'm really happy with the result!!! I used this sunset photo from our recent trip to Hawaii as inspiration for the sunset background.

Here's how I did the sunset background. First I cut out a circle of Choice Snow white with Nestabilities. Then I placed Eclipse tape straight across the circle to create the horizon and I punched a small circle from Eclipse tape for the sun. Then I sponged the sky using sponge daubers and three shades of Memento ink. Starting at the horizon line and working my way up I used Potter's Clay, Cantaloupe, and Dandelion, blending the edges of each colour with the next. Once the sky was all sponged I pulled up the circle of Eclipse tape and added a touch of colour to the sun to tone down the stark white of the paper. Then I moved my Eclipse tape to cover the sky and set to work on the water. I used the same sponging technique for the water, working with three shades of blue, Paris Dusk, Danube Blue, and Bahama Blue.

The rest of the card is pretty basic. I added a piece of hemp for the clothes line and a little cork for the sandy beach, then I paired the sunset with Cosmo Cricket Delovely paper and toned it down again with a little kraft cardstock. The bathing suit is paper pieced and the flowers were stamped with Lilac Posies and popped on foam tape for dimension. I wanted the flowers to look like the ones on the paper so I added clear rhinestones to the centers then coloured them with a yellow copic marker (Y15).

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Candace said...

Karen, that sunset technique is beautiful! You did such a good job with it. I'll have to try that sometime! Thanks for sharing with us how you did it...very cute card! Have a great day !

Jami said...

WOWZAS Saucy.....WOWZAS! This is fabulous! First I love the overall bold brightness of this card and second that sponged scene is perfect and then the bathing suit - great unexpected focal point. I might need to CASE this for a class!

Kathy Martin said...

This card is soooooo pretty and colorful! I LOVE it! :)

Leslie said...

That is beautiful and exactly the colour of water I want to see one day! Also, LOVE the swimsuit with the vertical stripes....'cause you know horizontal stripes are a no-no according to Stacy on What Not to Wear!

Jodi Collins said...

How GORGEOUS Saucy! That sky is AMAZING to the MAX! LOVE the paper too! PERFETION!!!

paula tracy williamson said...

WOW!!! this is STUNNING! Vibrant, bold and juicy... just the way I like my colors.