Welcome to C4G challenge # 267! This challenge’s theme, By the Water, has many possibilities. When I started working on this card, I thought the end product would be a birthday card. As things tend to do, this card morphed into a sympathy card, mainly because of the colors. Creating sympathy cards is hard, at least for me. Now, I have a couple of female cards and this male card. However, this could also easily be a birthday card for a guy. Color combinations for this card are plentiful. I chose white, Seaside Spray, and Basic Grey.

Here’s my card:

Clean and Simple

  • Even though I used four stamp sets, the layout, whitespace, and lack of embellishments keep it clean and simple.
  • I started with a Seaside Spray base, trimmed to 11 inches by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. I wanted to be able to space out the stamping in the landscape mode rather than cramming into a portrait mode.
  • The Basic Grey mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Next, I did all my stamping. The Seaside Spray water on both the front and inside white cardstock comes from the Waterfront stamp set.
  • Then I stamped a ship onto the white cardstock using Basic Grey using the Stamp-aratus so I could get the dark color I wanted.
  • I also stamped a ship on a piece of scrap white cardstock and fussy cut out just the ship. The mast and smoke would have been very difficult to fussy cut, so I didn’t even try. I really like the way the different depths turned out.
  • The sympathy sentiment on the front and inside come from the Path of Petals photopolymer stamp set in the January – June mini-catalog. It is a very pretty sympathy set of sentiments and dainty floral stamps.
  • Even after I stamped the Smoky Slate sun from the Waterfront stamp set, I thought the front needed something else. Enter the fourth stamp set, Sailing Home. There’s two set of birds on the front and one on the inside.

Finishing Up

  • Finally, I ran the white cardstock for the front through the Big Shot using the textured 3d embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The white inside panel measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I used mini-dimensionals to very carefully attach the fussy cut ship to the front of the card.
  • My favorite adhesive, multipurpose glue, was used to adhere the layers on the front together and also for the panel on the inside of the card.
  • Easy-peasy. Clean and Simple. Completed.

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