Monday, August 30, 2021

Sailing Home Week

Let's CASE the Catty today!

Happy Monday Stamping Friends!

The card today is CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) from the current 2021 - 2022 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  I've admired this card since I first saw it in the catalog and have wanted to try to recreate it.  Is uses the Layering Diorama Dies to create the "window" to the view of a beautiful sunrise over the water--which is what I see many mornings when I awake and lay in bed for a few minutes looking out my window.  It is not a bad way to start your day!

As we say goodbye to August this week, it always feels like I am saying goodbye to summer.  I know that technically we have a few more weeks of summer, but since we tend to return to our more "normal" routines in September, it feels like summer is over for another year.

But, before I bid a final adieu to summer 2021 I want to celebrate one of my favorite things of summer one more time.  To do that, this week I am featuring the Sailing Home stamp set and their coordinating Smooth Sailing dies.

While I am not a sail boater, I do love the water!  Whether I am out on my pontoon boat, kayaking, swimming or just watching the lake from the comfort of my deck, I love summer!

So, it is no surprise that I go into my happy place when I am creating a water scene with ink and blending tools.  Scenery of any kind is one of my favorite types of cards to make, but ones with water are the best!  Creating this sunrise was a lot of fun for me.  I mainly used sponge daubers to create today's scene, and you can see a complete list of the colors I used in the product list below.

Even though I have had this Sailing Home stamp set since it was first introduced and have used it many, many times, I had never really played with the rope die cut.  I think that was one of the things that drew me to the card in the catalog.  I really like the texture the "ropes" on the front of the card provide.

I also wasn't really sure how the Stampin' Up! artist created the 3-color lighthouse.  I ended up inking the complete stamp with Sahara Sand and then used the Marker to Stamp technique to add the Real Red and Misty Moonlight.  Once I stamped it, I touched up the red and blue a bit with the fine end of those markers to deepen the colors.  I don't know if that is how the original was created, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

I used a stamp from the retired stamp set, By the Dock, to create the rippled lines in the water, however, you could also use the fine tip on your Stampin' Write marker to make some squiggly lines.  I also use a white glitter gel pen on top of the ripples to add a bit of highlighting, and then add some Wink of Stella to make the sun glimmer where it reflects on the water.

As you know, I can not leave the inside of a card undecorated, but I did keep this one fairly simple.

I cut one more "rope" and another seaweed and used those to decorate the inside.  I often leave the inside of my cards sentiment free.  I can always add an appropriate sentiment at the time I send it, or I can just write a personal note.  I like to have that flexibility once I know who the recipient is going to be.

There is a FREE tutorial available that will give you many more details on how I made this Diorama Lighthouse card.

Product List
Regals Stampin' Write Markers
Regals Stampin' Write Markers

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