Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stampendous Beachfront Boat - a housewarming card

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My BIL and SIL have just finished building their dream retirement home by the sea in another state. I am sure they will love being away from the hustle and bustle of city-life and never tire of looking out on the ocean every day.  It is a long-realised dream come true for them - and this is the card I made for them as a "Welcome to your new home" - so that is why I chose a beach-scene and tried to make it a nice, warm inviting scene imagining them having a sail on the calm ocean on a summer's day with the first hints of the sunset in the sky.  Ahhhh - bliss! Wish I was there right now...... Free Smiley Courtesy of

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured it with watercolour pencils.  To add the white highlights on the ocean, I used a scalpel knife to scratch the surface of the watercolour paper then used my Sakura clear glaze pen to add some shine.  I also used the same pen on the red sail on the boat.  I know you can't really see the glaze in the photo but it makes the sea look all sparkly IRL - but you can see the effect of the scratching with the scalpel knife.  Here is a wee close-up:

The side panel was punched with a Scallop Diamond edge punch then I added a Scor Pal line which made it easier to line the designer paper up straight.  As the panel looked a little uninteresting and flat, I decided to emboss it using my Cuttlebug and Sizzix Ribbon embossing folder then sanded it a little to highlight the embossing - ahhhhhhh, much better to have a bit of texture and it seemed to match the dp and rope perfectly.  I grabbed two pieces of rope and tied a knot in each end then glued the ends underneath the panel with fabric glue.  Because the rope was bulky, I popped the panel up on dimensionals.  The sentiment panel and the main panel are also up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is by Elzybells from a clear set of sentiments and images but there is no name on the set or a number; unfortunately, no longer available....sniff.....I miss my Elzybells......

I punched two tiny hearts from the orangey-red part of the designer paper using my Arrows border punch (the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts) and added them to the sentiment panel.

Lastly, I glued on 3 matching buttons.  I did sew threw the buttonholes with matching sewing thread before I glued them on.


I am entering my card in the following challenges -

Allsorts Challenge #113 - Free and Easy July - Anything goes
Craft your Days Away Challenges- CYDA Challenge #25 - Summertime
The Pink Elephant - Challenge #TPE109 - Fun in the sun

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are in a hurry to leave a comment, click on the "Reactions" at the bottom of the post after the Card Recipe.

Have a great week! Free Smiley Courtesy of


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stampendous Beachfront Boat CRN234 cling, Sentiment - Elzybells (name unknown)

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  K & Co. Seaglass diecut small mat pad, code 626621

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions Ribbon embossing folder (comes as a set of 2 folders - #656980), 140lb watercolour paper, Faber Castell watercolour pencils, small round #2 paintbrush, 3 x buttons with matching sewing thread, rope, Scor-Pal, Sakura clear glaze pen, sandpaper, Cardstock:  teal blue, pale olive

Punches:  EK Success Scallop Diamond edge, EK Success Arrows border edge


Jill said...

gorgeous card Jocelyn love the colours and the embossing looks fab thanks for your lovely comments hugs Jill xx

margie c said...

What a beautiful scene! I really love how you colored it and used these papers and embellishments!
Thank you for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!
hugs, margie

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, love how you colored the image!

Anita said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love that scene and your coloring is beautiful. Oh, I would love to live there - your BIL and SIL are so lucky :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Adore all the elements there Jo-bear esp. the texture at the side, it just finished it off so well thanks for sharing.. and yes see your lovely birds up there so good to see them (they are such characters!)..
I am not allowed to walk by the sea for while till my ankle gets better ... sigh finally went to see about it and it is ligament damage and need to do the right thing (ie compress, ice, elevate and rest). I will miss my walks, but at least it will get better God is good, prob need to do more here at home! love and God bless you and those you love, dear friend. Shaz.x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jocelyn..Firstly,i love love the details on this card :)i love the idea you emboss the pattern paper. I completely never thought of that. Your buttons totally awesome! how could you have buttons that completyl match with your card :) you must be a buttons fan like me :)
i also love the idea tie some string to create a beach feel :). This is completey suitable for holiday card :)

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card :)


Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Lovely summer card!! Thank you so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant!!

paperfun said...

My first thought as I seen your card was "I want to live in your scene." How lucky for your BIL and SIL to have this dream come true for them.

I wish them the best of luck in their new home on the beach.

Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Days Away.


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