Today I’m sharing a card I made for my niece’s birthday, featuring the Sea Friends set by Pretty Pink Posh.
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I’d say my card style leans towards clean and simple most of the time. I don’t often create scenes but I really wanted an ocean on this card for the critters in this set.
Rather than having the ocean scene on the front of my card, though, I thought it would be fun to put it inside the card and create a frame to peek at the scene from the front.
I began by die cutting a stitched rectangle using a die in the Stitched Notes die set. I stamped a greeting from the Everyday Greetings stamp set at the bottom edge, then used the largest of the Stitched Photo Frame dies to cut a frame at an angle above the greeting.
Using some post-it tape to temporarily hold the panel onto an A2 white notecard, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the photo frame die again, in order to cut a matching window in the front of the card base.
I used some liquid glue to adhere a piece of acetate behind the window in the panel. I then added some squeezed lemonade distress oxide ink to the card base, before adhering the panel on top.
I layered 4 white card photo frames on the front of the card, which really helps it to stand out against the white panel. On the reverse side, I added one die cut frame in order to hide the adhesive from the front and make it look tidier.
On the inside of the card, I used some masking tape to mask a border, then blended on some distress oxide inks in blueprint sketch, salty ocean, peacock feathers, and cracked pistachio. I spritzed it with lots of water for some distress details, which really adds to the ocean look.
Next, I stamped lots of images from the Sea Friends stamp set and coloured them with copics. I added some white and black gel pen details to the characters to make their eyes more cartoon like, then die cut all the images with the coordinating dies.
I used liquid glue to attach lots of the images to build the scene inside, making sure to have some characters visible through the window in the front of the card. I also stamped bubbles around the characters.
To finish the front of the card, I added images around the frame and sentiment, along with a few clear sparkling sequins.
I love how the front of the card gives just a peek at the fun ocean scene inside.