Today isn't about the fireplace wall though. Today I am sharing some cards I made for my Aunt for her birthday. I made her birthday card and then I made a set of cards as her gift. She SCUBA dives (interesting tidbit--I use to) and Changito The Monkey has a SCUBA stamp. When I saw it, I knew I HAD to have it and I knew who would be receiving the first projects made with it. The thought process went a couple different ways but here is where it ended up!
My original idea was having Changito in a fish bowl. When it came time to work on this, I didn't like the fish bowl idea. I was talking to Jim about it and had a couple ideas to accomplish the 'water' effect. Jim goes to the miscellaneous office supply shelf and pulls out these old thin plastic report covers --- IN BLUE!!! Hello! and Yes please!!
I used the Stretch Your Imagination card frame found on page 41 of the SYI handbook. I used my Gypsy to hide the bubbles. I put this report cover on the Cricut mat and hoped for the best! Here is what the cut looked like when it was done.
It cut PERFECTLY!!!
The other thing I cut with my cricut was some coral from the Life's A Beach cartridge!
I stamped Changito onto the card. I used the masking technique (still learning it too) to stamp the fish. There is one fish in front of Changito on the stamp. I glued down some of the coral. I used clear glue dots to adhere the 'water' to the card. The fish jumping out of the water has foam dot behind him to give him dimension AND to help me help him hold the Martha Stewart twine. Changito and the fish were colored with Stampin' Up Watercolor pencils and blended.
The inside of this card:
The water here was just the 'other' end of the cut for the front. Kinda like two cuts for the price of one!
The fish and starfish are from and old Stampin' Up set. Colored the same way as the front.
The sentiment is part of the Changito set. If you noticed the SCUBA the fish on the front was carrying, it is the same SCUBA as seen here, just without the rest of the stamp. I used clear glue dots to adhere the water.
I think it turned out pretty cool, especially for not following my original idea. Definitely have to thank Jim for the report cover since that is what totally made this project!
Now let's look at the ones that I made for her to give away (which said she doesn't know if she can)!
I stamped Changito and then used a circle punch on him.
The one on the right I punched a black circle to give it a shadow effect.
The one on the left has more of the report cover. I ran it through my Texture Boutique with a polka dot like embossing folder. I think it looks like bubbles! I did use a pair of decorative scissors down the one side of this card as well. Both cute in their own way, or at least I think.
Same circle punch.
I also made some that weren't necessarily girly so my Aunt could give them to their male SCUBA friends.
Same products and techniques on all three, but each slightly different.
These have the rest of the report cover and it was run through the embosser too!
Another look at all of them together:
I am quite pleased with how they turned out!
My Aunt loves them and isn't sure she can part with them. :)
What are your thoughts?
Have a great day!!! ~The J's