Monday, June 3, 2013

Iron Craft (and a giveaway)




Thanks to Chaitali for inviting me to play along in this week's Iron Craft challenge!  Please check their blog to see what she and I threw down today: beach cards inspired by a design from my new Fabulous Stamped Frames book, just in time for summer!  Not just for the frame series sets, I knew just what I'd do with my Gifts from the Sea set when she suggested we play off of one of the designs in my book. Above is what I made for this challenge, but you have to go the Iron Craft blog to see Chaitali's take!  And so do I, can't wait to see!  As I said recently, our schedule at home has been so busy lately, I haven't had much time to think about designing, so I was grateful to have my book's designs as a "fall back" (see how close it is to the original?)

I also donated a *prize* today, so please leave comments on Chaitali's Iron Craft post for your chance to win!

I used some torn paper as a mask to sponge the ink layers of waves and sand before removing my die.  Often I just pile up the shell images but for this I made an arrangement of the coral and starfish to resemble a little flourish. Popping up these and the birds for added dimension really makes a big difference.  Finally, the stamped frame in the other card is implied bu the embossed rectangle.  Hope this inspires!

Supplies Used: Gina K. Designs Gifts from the Sea, Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Ocean Mist cardstock, Gina K. Ocean Mist ink pad, Memento Rich Cocoa and Toffee Crunch ink pads, jumbo sponge dauber, Copics W-3, E13, E08, Sakura Stardust pen, Spellbinders Labels 8 and MattingBasics B dies, scissors, jute ribbon, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam squares.

Colors and sketch inspired by a design in Fabulous Stamped Frames by Melanie Muenchinger.

11 comments:

Chaitali Narla said...

I just <3 this set! Its so versatile and detailed! Love your card too!! Thanks so much for playing in the challenge. Enjoyed it a lot!

Casmiles said...

I love love love this card, and the torn layering works beautifully with this. Anything with the sea works for me! Off to check out Chaitali's blog!

Lagene said...

Fantastic summer beach scene!

Sherry said...

Fantastic card it makes me think of summer and considering the heat is still on that is quite a feat!

Terry said...

Mel Mel, Wavederful card! Blues always win! Only a cardmaker or quilter could speak so boldly. Ha! Thankful for your family activities which give vent to stamp designing in later days. Blessings on you and yours. Keep Looking Up! mt23stammperatyaho

Donna Phelan said...

That is still one of my most favorite sets......evaaaaaaaaaaaah! Beautiful card (as always!) :)

Rosy Newlun said...

I love what you do Mel. Anything ocean or roses -- that would be my world <3 Thank you for sharing so much with us!

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful card...love the sentiment - great play on words and after all the smiling, it really has a heartfelt message!
TFS
Jan

Kitty said...

Your card is just gorgeous and turquoise is my favorite color.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Sabrina said...

What a beautiful card!!

Betty Neville said...

Gorgeous scene, and love that rose card!