Melanie Muenchinger. She has been a real doll to me; so welcoming and helpful.
Anyway, to create these two beauties, I stamped and colored the shells with colored pencils. I wanted to keep them very soft looking, so I stayed away from the markers route. I cut them out with my cutterbee scissors, and curled the edges ever so slightly to give them a rounded, more natural shape.
Now, I know there is so amazingly sturdy and fancy cardstock out there. I will work up to that, I swear, but meanwhile I am loaded up to my teeth with what I have. So, my base cardstock is that stuff you find at every craft store, from The Paper Company. You know, the value packs. I also have some "stacks" and other things, but the majority is the value pack stuff. Looks good, but I would like to quickly work through some of it and get a higher base weight paper.
The flourish that makes up the cloud is a sizzix die cut. I found it and the swirls embossing folder at GOODWILL! I actually made a huge haul that day...made me decide I really NEEDED a cuttlebug!
One of these cards made its way to my friend Yasmin for her birthday. I do have plans for the other as well, but she'll probably read this blog, and the surprise will be all ruined ....
If I go this route again, I will see what happens if I ink up my swirls folder with some white ink, and I may also see how some real shells work with the paper ones. There is definitely plenty of room for adding depth. These were fun, though, for an early attempt.
I really had fun coloring the shells. Little boy time, I guess...
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