Welcome, Crafty Peeps!
Since a large portion of the US has recently dealt with record breaking snowfall, I thought that I’d jump ahead and start thinking about summer – more accurately the Dog Days of Summer. Deedee’s Digis is the sponsor this week for the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge and they supplied the images for my card. The dogs in the pool, the Pool Party text, the large sun, and both background papers, (plus a few other goodies) were included in the set, Dog Days of Summer.
This is how I created the background for my Pool Party. In PSE, I created a blank document 5″ x 5″. I placed the sun paper on the top portion, and the paper waves on the lower edge. After printing on quality card stock, I trimmed off all of the white edges, and cut a row 1″ tall from the top. Then I cut that row into 1″ pieces (“inchies”), making sure that I kept their order and positioning intact.
Starting 1/8th inch from the top and 1/8th inch from the left side of my blue background paper, I attached each 1″ square (“inchie”), with a tape runner, being sure to leave the proper margin on all sides. I continued the process one row at a time. When all 25 squares were attached, I trimmed the blue background paper leaving the 1/8th inch margin on all sides. (I eye-balled it, but it might have been smarter to use a ruler to maintain the straight lines. lol)
After printing and cutting the large sun for the card, I used my black Copic marker around the edges to smooth my ragged fussy-cut edges, and make the sun show better on the busy background.
I used Copic Markers to color the main design. The colors I chose were:
- Dogs: E35, E17, E33, E79, E18 (tongue E04)
- Hose: YG11, G03
- Pool: Y06, Y18, Y35
- Grass: YG03, YG11, E70
- Water: B00
After coloring, I fussy-cut around the dogs, the pool, and the Pool Party text, then I used my black Copic marker again to cover just the top and side edges of the design.
Using foam dots, I attached my graphic, the sun, and the flowers to the background. With a light touch of clear Stickles in various places to simulate water and enhance the sun’s rays, my card was complete!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a healthy, happy, and creative week!
I’m entering this card in the following challenge:
Catch the bug – Anything Goes