Hi friends! I have a couple of muted beachy projects to share with you today using some beautiful newer products from Scrappy Tails Crafts! Sabrina from Scrappy Tails Crafts generously sent me some of their gorgeous new June 2023 release to work with, and I was immediately drawn to the magnificent dies in the release: the A7 Seashell Cover Plate die and the beautiful sentiments in the A7 Rope Cover Plate die sets. I pulled out some watercolors and created a pair of soft, ethereal cards, perfect for sympathy or just general thinking of you. Let’s get started with the details!
For both of these cards, I kept my color palette extremely subtle, reminiscent of a beautiful beach sunset. I die cut the large A7 Seashell Cover Plate die from some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper, as well as the individual seashells included with the die set, and watercolored them using Holbein watercolors. I added some shimmering handmade watercolor accents using my watercolors from IUILE watercolors. These are my favorite way to add a touch of shimmer and shine to my projects!
For this larger project, after watercoloring the cover plate, I chose to pull the colors from the background onto the card front. I pulled out Amethyst (from Altenew), Cheeky (from Simon Says Stamp), and Sand (from Hero Arts), then used blending brushes to very lightly blend these colors around the edges of my A7 card front. The super soft colors enhance the softly watercolored die cuts so nicely!!
Once I had finished blended the background, I turned my attention to the greeting. I die cut the beautiful sentiments from the A7 Rope Cover Plate using white pearlescent cardstock. I die cut the detailed sentiment die cut twice from white cardstock and once from the pearlescent cardstock, then adhered them together to create a dimensional die cut greeting. I backed the sentiment strip die cut with a small piece of cardstock that I blended with the Amethyst ink to create a bit of contrast. After I’d added the die cut frame with some foam adhesive, I adhered the greeting with both liquid and foam adhesive, finally adding a few sparkly jewels for some added texture.
My second card uses some of the leftovers from the first card, but this time allows the sentiment to be the star of the show! I die cut the beautiful “thoughts and prayers” die, keeping the outline die around the detailed sentiment portion. I saved the detailed layer for later and reserved the centers of some of the letters (like g, a, and o). I then die cut only the background of the sentiment from heavyweight vellum using the outline die cut. I adhered the vellum to the back of the outline, then added the centers of the letters that I had saved to the side. For the smaller sentiment strip, I kept the individual letters in their correct spot, adding a strip of washi tape to the back to keep them in place.
Using the same colors of ink that I used on the first project, I lightly blended a halo on the center of my creamy white cardstock front. I adhered my sentiment pieces over the top of this subtly blended area using foam adhesive, then added the individual watercolored seashell die cuts using both liquid and foam adhesive. Finally, I added a few sparkling gems to fill in the bare spots of the seashell arrangements.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! The June 2023 release is so beautiful and full of gorgeous summery imagery. You should definitely take a peek! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!