On my blog yesterday, I told you that I'm not setting a challenge for myself this week as I'm off to the Stampin' Up! 3-day Convention in Brussels, which starts on Thursday.
However, I'm going to try and post a different card each day, so let's see how far I get!
Today's card is the card I made for hubby's birthday last Thursday.
I wanted to use the turtle stamp from the From Land To Sea Stamp Set as he loves animals.
I was struggling to come up with an idea, mainly, I think, because I've been in Christmas mode for so long now!
I decided to have a look on Pinterest to see if anything could inspire my creative juices.
I saw a couple of ideas and was about to close Pinterest, when I saw this card and I was absolutely bowled over by it!
I thought what a brilliant idea and unusually for me, I did a straight copy of it - any changes I've made are very small.
First of all I'd like to acknowledge the creator of this card, and that is Heather from www.playingwithpapercrafting.com - thanks, Heather, your card is brilliant!
When I make personalised cards, I don't worry about making sure I use only current Stampin' Up! products which applies to the background Designer Series Paper - it's from last year's Nordic Noel.
I started my card with a 6" x 6" card base with a layer of Night Of Navy Card Stock and a layer of Nordic Noel.
For the central image, I stamped the lighthouse from Land To Sea using Night of Navy ink and coloured it in using Real Read and Hello Honey Marker Pens.
I stamped the lighthose onto a Post-It note to use as a mask and stamped the "land" using the "square" stamp from the Work of Art Stamp Set.
I used Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaroon Ink for the sea, using the long curved stamp from the Work of Art Stamp Set.
I punched two different sized scalloped circles from computer paper and used them to sponge the sky with Soft Sky Ink.
The brilliance of this card comes from the "foam" created by stamping the solid "splodge" stamp from Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set using Versamark and heat embossing with White Embossing Powder.
I drew the seagulls using the Smoky Slate Marker Pen.
The final touch was the sentiment which is from Guy Greetings Stamp Set, stamped in Night of Navy and die cut with one of the dies from the Project Life Cards & Framelits.
I also die cut one shape in Night of Navy, cut it in half and adhered at the back with the top and bottom exposed.
The only part I would change if I made his card again, is I'd make the "foam" come higher out of the sea - if you have a look at Heather's card, you'll see what I mean.
I hope you enjoyed this little break from Christmas cards. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.