03 July 2016

Wavin' Hello

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a while, tucking a boat and whale in waves made with the embossing folder. A nice card for a sunny day.


Putting It Together

When I don't have any ideas rattling in my head or it is too late in the evening to actually start on anything, I will pull out new stuff I haven't used yet and just "fiddle about". A few weeks ago I had gotten a bunch of embossing folders on a sale from Scrapbooking Made Simple (super insane good prices when stuff is on sale, shipping policies to test the patience of Job, usually limited quantities so you have to get it on impulse) and played around with some of them and Distress Ink. 

I sponged a bit of Broken China and Peacock Feathers on to the Waves embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot with some light blue cardstock. Looking at the curves of the waves, I got an idea to insert images between them, but, I set it aside for another day. Today was that another day.

I started with a dry fitting of the elements I wanted to include, a sailboat and a whale. I also added in a sentiment. For this dry fitting I used the die and stamps on the embossed panel. It was matching my mental image but needed something more.

Each month Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps blog has a sketch for layout inspiration. Using the sketch of the month in a challenge gives an extra entry toward the chance to win the monthly challenge reward, a gift card for KKS. The sketch layout gave me an idea. 

I die cut the sailboat out of some scrap, since it's a small die. I sponged on some colour, Barn Red and Vintage Photo. 

Using a craft knife, I cut a slit along the upper edge of one of the wave curves. I slid the boat into the slot. This allows the boat to look like is is going through the waves and not just lying on top of them.

I die cut a sun from two yellows, a linen light cardstock and Glittersilk. I also die cut a compass rose from a scrap of white and sponged it with gold metallic ink. Gold foiled or Glittersilk cardstock was too shiny. The metallic ink is flatter but with a little shine. I dry fit the sun and compass rose using the sketch layout on the side. 

I tried a matting for the embossed panel in another dry fit. The Not Quite Navy adds the right enhancement. Sadly, it's a retired color from Stampin' Up. Happily I got a nearly full package from my local demonstrator, Liane. As you can see, I still haven't stamped my whale or sentiment.

I stamped the whale on scrap Natural White and masked the belly of the whale with Post-It note. 

I sponged on Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood.

Taking off the masking, the whale's belly is white. I fussy cut the whale and then, like for the boat, cut a slit in the embossed panel to tuck in part of the whale.

On the back of the panel, you can see the boat and whale coming through the slits.

To give them a little dimension, I used a single Glue Dot on the whale and boat to hold them in their slots.

A thin matting with the darker blue completes the scene on the panel. 

After laying the decorated panel on the card base and seeing where the circles should be positioned, I marked their locations with pencil. The markings are in locations which will be covered by the panel.

The sun was adhered with tape runner and the compass with Xyron. Both were put flat to the card base. 

Foam mounting tape on the back of the panel gives it a bit of dimension over the circles.

The sentiment was added on a partial banner overlapping the side of the panel. A single piece of foam mounting tape gives it dimension from the scene. 


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps blog 2 July Saturday Challenge: Patriotic! Red and White or Red, White, and Blue

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps July sketch:


  1. NICE!!! I love how the boat and whale are tucked in the waves! Very creative and fun! Thanks for sharing your process in this too! So glad you've played along with us this week at Kraftin' Kimmie Challenges.


Thank you for your comments. I do read every one. Your comments help me to grow as an artist. It warms my heart to see wonderful comments and constructive criticism.