Friday, July 6, 2018

Christmas in July and an announcement!


I got a super surprise in my email last month so it definitely feels like Christmas in July around here. I was invited to join the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge Inspiration Team! (whew, that's a mouthful!) My first post will go up with the new challenge on Monday and I'm so excited!

look! it's me! 😎

I'm thrilled to be joining such a lovely and talented group of ladies and getting inky with my Newton's Nook Designs products (and this gave me a great excuse for a huge shopping spree for more stamps, dies, and stencils!)

I decided to go with the Christmas in July theme for a card to share today to celebrate my fun announcement :)

I used the Sun Soaked Christmas and the Festive Flamingos stamp sets (and a mirror stamp to flip my flamingo holding the wreath) to create this fun beach scene for Santa!

I stamped my Santa and the two grouped flamingos on a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and then I stamped the wreath flamingo on a mirror stamp and then stamped that on my card front with the mirror stamp so she'd be facing the right way (I totally added the eyelashes to my two lady flamingos because I thought their eyes looked a little sad and flamingos certainly can't be sad when they're hanging out with Santa...)

I colored everything in with Copic Markers and then masked the images off so I could make my background. I free handed a shore line with masking paper and cut it out. I masked off the water first so I could make the sandy beach. I used an ink blending tool with antique linen distress oxide to make my beach and then i flicked some frayed burlap distress oxide mixed with water over the antique linen to finish off the sand. I switched my mask to the sand and blended Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Faded Jeans to make the water. I removed my mask and lightly blended salty ocean over the beach line to soften the water line. (I started doing beaches like this about a month or so ago and I love how they turn out every time!) To finish off my beach I took some white paint and mixed it with a little water to make the crests of my waves/sea foam and then I splattered a little bit over all of the water!

To finish the card I added some sharpie lines to hook the birds to the inner tube, some dimensional accents to the hats and the birds, and the sentiment in black ink!

I'm up to my eyeballs in prep for my mom's birthday party next week right now. She's turning 65 and I'm throwing a tea party for her so I'll be cooking up some tea sandwiches and cake recipes to taste test this weekend and making a ton of huge flowers for decorations! I'll be back on Monday with my first Inky Paws Challenge post!

Have a great weekend!

Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Newton's Nook Designs Sun Soaked Christmas Stamp Set, Newton's Nook Designs Festive Flamingos Stamp Set, Black Memento Ink, Black Hero Arts Ink, Antique Linen Distress Oxide, Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide, Salty Ocean Distress Oxide, Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide, Faded Jeans Distress Oxide, Ink Blending Tool, White Paint, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Glossy Accents, White Crystal Nuvo Drops, Black Crystal Nuvo Drops, Fine Tip Sharpie, Copic Markers

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