Monday, August 23, 2021

Time to Shell-A-Brate Birthday Guy Card

A happy hello to you today. Hope all is going well and you are staying cool. We are definitely having the hottest weather of this summer right far. I'm just praying we dodge the hurricane bullet this year. My prayers to all who've been impacted by storms Fred, Grace and Henri.
Today I'm sharing another birthday guy card. I hand-stamped the Woodware lino cut "Oyster Catchers"  for my focal image on watercolor paper. The blue paper is from Colorbok's 12x12 Marble Card Stock pad. The pattern reminded me of pooling swirling tide water and I do like the effect. The round Creative Vision stamped sentiment was punched and it is layered on an Avery Elle Signature seal die cut colored with Wink of Stella Gold. Next to it is a Whimsy seashell die cut painted with Smooch inks and brushed with WoS Gold. I added 2 stars from my stash. Behind it under the image are waves cut with an MFT die. The Shell-A-Brate sentiment was computer-generated by me in PSE, lightly watercolored and layered on paper strips. It's very hard to see, but at the top left of the sky I've adhered 2 flat clouds cut from deli paper using an MFT cloud cover die. So that makes a total of 4 different die cuts and 1 punch used.
I was following the sketch as drawn until I got to arranging all my elements on the front before adhering, and realized it would look better to flip the sketch horizontally. Something about the bird on the left lifting her leg a bit. It was like she was saying to me, put the circle sentiment here, lol, so I did! 
I watercolored my stamped focal image by scribbling Distress Crayons on a glass mat and using a waterbrush to dissolve and pick up the color. I made sure to add pink to the horizon and stars and a different shade of pink to the birds. I painted the rocks/pebbles/shells in the image with browns and greys and a darker brown on the birds' wings. I love how it turned out, especially the sky. I very much like a pink horizon for daytime as it gives the impression of light.
Inside my card, I have hand-stamped Avery Elle and Woodware sentiments. On the back more of the marbled card stock and a watercolored strip with a stamped MFT siggie.
A close-up - here you can see those flat cloud die cuts better. Oh, forgot to mention, all papers are ink-distressed with Sahara Sand VersaMagic chalk ink.
A close-up to show the glittery Wink of Stella gold shimmer added to the sand dune in the focal image, the seal die cut behind the round sentiment and the sea shell. 
And a final view. This was made for a relative who like to duck hunt, so I am betting he knows what oyster catchers are even though they aren't ducks. Thanks so much for visiting me and I hope we all have a great week! Until next time, Stay Well and Craft On! xoxo

2.   Die Cut Divas August: Watercolor Real or Faux -- #1/4 I scribbled Distress Crayons on a glass mat, added water and actually water colored the entire scene! Dies used: Whimsy's Build an Ocean shell, Avery Elle's Signature seal and MFT's Cloud Cover and Making Waves dies.
3.   Color My Heart Color Dare #457: TicTacToe -- #1/xx  I used the middle column: pink (Ballerina), blue (Bluebird), Gold. Then, I also used some brown (Toffee), yellow (Lemonade) and grey (Mink).
4.   Incy Wincy 8/16-9/5: Use a Card Fold Tutorial and/or Animals -- #3/5 Animals: Oyster Catchers (shore birds)
7.   Stamping Sensations August: Any Celebration -- #3/3 I've hand-stamped and watercolored my focal image.
8.   Crafty Animals #53: AG with an Animal -- #6/xx  Oyster Catchers (shorebirds)
11. MAWTT #133: Summer Fun Only -- #3/3 Being at the seashore is fun! I did not use the colors.  
12. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 32: Ag with Colouring -- #1/2 I've watercoloured my focal image
13. Sweet Stampers #59: Dies and/or Punches -- #1/5 Dies used: round sentiment (punch and die), waves, seashell; I hand-stamped and watercolored my focal image.
14. We Love 2 Create Mixed Media #8: AMMG -- #1/xx Stamping & Watercolor & Paper
16. Allsorts Week 637/8: Add Some Sparkle -- #2/3 Sparkle on my round sentiment, seashell and the sand dune in my image
18. Crafty Gals Corner #222: Summer Fun -- #1/3 Being at the seashore is fun!


Kristine said...

Wow, what a striking card Aims!! I love those birds, the contrast of black/white is so pretty with the blue and yellow. Fabby guy card!

ahlers5 said...

I absolutely love this card and all the details you put into it. I may have to get the crayons and try them.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a super scene you have created here, love all the themed die cuts and details. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

Michelle N. said...

This is such a neat guy card! Love the watercolored image! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

Michelle N. said...

Great watercoloring for a perfect masculine card! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

Alyson Mayo said...

This is such a handsome card - the birds, the shoreline and the background all work together so nicely. Lovely work, my friend! Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Dare :)

Monica C. said...

This is a beautiful card, Aimeslee! Your coloring on the image is lovely and that marbled paper works so well for a water puddle effect. I love everything about this one.
Hugs Monica

brenda said...

A super Ocean inspired creation, many thanks for joining in with our August theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Cardsbymaaike said...

Great card, certainly manly, but nice for women too I'm sure. Thank you for playing at The Male Room Challenges

Ashwini Rao said...

I do agree with you, that the pink does add a hint of daybreak (I've gotta remember that next time!) Its such a gorgeous image, and I really appreciate that even thought just that image is enough, you've gone so much farther and added so many details in this card. Makes it so wonderful! Thank you for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

Jenny L said...

Hi Aimslee,
Oh what a very super and gorgeous card.
Ilove the wonderful design and all your fab colouring and stamping.
Your scene looks so realistic too.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Wendy L said...

It looks wonderful, thanks for joining us at the Allsorts challenge and at MAWTT too, xxx

MortiCraft said...

Great card! I love the stamp and how you have cleverly used the water effect paper too. Thanks for playing along with The Male Room. X

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Beautiful card, and layers! Love the scenery and colors!
Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
Rachelle DT

Susan Renshaw said...

Super scene!
Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
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Cat Nowak said...

Beautiful!! I love the water paper you choose. I love the scene you created and you coloring is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Color Dare!

Jeanie Ellis - Scrapbookingmamaw said...

What a unique and beautiful card! I love it! Thank you for joining us this week at
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges .
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Blessings! Jeanie Ellis, DT, Crafty Gals Corner

Stempelfrosch said...

Wonderful scene, love your ocean style. Thank you for joining us at sweet stampers challenge,
hugs Anke

Melanie R said...

Beautifully crafted card, Aimeslee! The ocean-inspired design with all its layers and rich colors is sure to please the recipient. Thank you for playing along with us at Color My Heart Color Dare #457.

Kuni said...

Lovely card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

Suze said...

Great card Aimeslee. I like the bold colours and the background. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

creationsnz said...

A great card for anyone, especially a guy. I like that watery patterned paper you used too. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy Card Tutorial and or animal theme. Carol G

Ellen said...

Beautiful card and great sentiment.
Thanks for joining us at Daisy Chain Challenges.

groetjes, Ellen

Marlies said...

A lovely stylish card. The blue background is perfect for the little scene with the birds. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

Mrs.B said...

Just catching up on DT comments Aimeslee! and this is a fabulous card, love the little scene, which works so well with those papers. Great colouring on the Oyster Catches.
Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations, Avril xx

Sari / Granne said...

Totally love your image and the background looks so cool. Thank you so much for joining The Male Room Challenge #153 - Our 8th Birthday.

Kim said...

What a peaceful card! I love the papers you used and the scene is so relaxing to look at! Thank you for joining the Scrapping4Fun Challenge!

Suze said...

Great animal themed card Aimeslee. Funny how you can get clues about the sentiment from the image. I've often chosen a particular sentiment as I have felt the image says "you have to use that one". Thank you for entering the Card Fold Tutorial and/or Animals Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

Judy Markowitz said...

What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

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