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Monday, August 17, 2009

"BEACH LIFE"

Hey All! It's another Magical Monday and I have the newest edition of Nina May's beautiful digital stamps to share with you! This is one of my favorites so far. The image is called "Beached Boat". Here is the image:

We were challenged this week to use this image in a "gate fold" card design. Here is what I came up with:



I really liked working with this image. It was great to color and is really versatile to use. I printed it out after sizing it to the size I wanted (a great feature of digital stamps), then colored it with colored pencils and OMS. I matted it on Bazzill card stock and used an EK Success punch to do the corners. The fun background paper is by Provocraft and it came in a pack called "brights". This pattern reminded me of curling waves and the turquoise blue pretty much went with my color scheme. I used Colorbox ink and sponged the background for the sky effect. The one great thing about using colored pencils is that they act as a resist agent to ink because of the wax in them! So you really don't have to worry too much about getting the ink on your colored image. It wipes right off. Here are a few other pics of the card:




Here it is partially opened.



Here it is all the way opened. I used some paper that looked like sand on the inside and stamped the "Beach Life" again.


The sentiment here was from a $1 stamp set that I got at Michael's. I stamped it in Versamark ink, then embossed it with some turquoise embossing powder from JoAnne's. I colored in the letters with a marker. I cut it out with my Nesties and mounted it on the card with a dimensional. The little thingy in the center is a "stick on" metallic brad.

So, there you go! I hope you run over to "There's Magic in the Air" to pic up this FREE image. I also hope you join in and play along with the challenge this week. I would love to see what all you wonderfully creative people will do with this image.

Thanks so much for stopping by for another Magical Monday! I appreciate your support of my first DT designer gig! You are the best!

Best,

Curt O'Brien

"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

29 comments:

Nina said...

Curt I really love the corner punch and turquoise as well. The pattern paper you used was perfect for the color and the wave affect. I love the sandy paper inside too!! You sky is just lovely and what a great card it is beautiful!

Emmy said...

Love the bright turquoise colors here and that pp on the inside is just perfect for this card. You did a great job with coloring the sky!

mudmaven said...

This is just gorgeous Curt! I love the fold and the colors and that "sand" on the inside looks spectacular. Great job - as always! I got the digi and plan to play with it tonight! Thanks! ~chris

Danielle said...

GREAT card Curt! I love the beautifully coloured image and the gatefold card works brilliantly! Love that paper and sentiment too! You rocked this design!
Hugs, Danielle

Yvonne said...

Curt!
Your blog is brilliant! You have such a classy, elegant style to your cards, and I have to tell you those core dinations cards of yours are GORGEOUS!! I LOVE that CS too!!
Hugs, Yvonne.

Janine said...

Hi Curt!! How have you been!!
All is well here. Busy at work as usual and just trying to bear the hot and humid weather.
Love your card !! That boat image is really nice. Wish I was in it!!

Jodi said...

Love your card and how you colored your image!! I think the gatefold card works well for it too!
Hugs
Jodi =)

craftykitten said...

Curt, a lovely card with a fabulous use of colours. I love the "sand" paper on the inside too. I have saved this image and hope to submit something later in the week.
Love your dogs by the way!

Nilla said...

Fabulous card, Curt! Love the sandy look and your boat looks fantastic (I love blue boats)! Thanks for your really kind comment! Hugs Nilla

scrapperjulia said...

This is beautiful, Curt! Love your coloring, I will have to check it out, I love that image too!

Leigh Anne said...

Love that bold swirl paper - looks Wave-y to me! ;) love the sand paper and great coloring - wish I'da thought of coloring the sky hehe looks great!

Sue from Oregon said...

ahhh...that would be the life huh?

Joan Fricker said...

Curt, great card, great colors!
You amaze me with your ideas!
Joan

Bonnie Weiss said...

What a great take on the challenge, Curt and another perfectly executed color finish. You are a Master!

"Tillymint" said...

Great Card Curt! Love the inside 'sand' page - how clever you are.
That is one cute image I'm off to get a copy I'd like to colour that one too.
Hope alls well your side of the world!

Becky said...

Great image and awesome job coloring this.

mochamama said...

Awesome job on the tri-fold card Curt. The beach scene is a nice piece to work with, your card is beautiful!

Deb Neerman said...

Love this, Curt! Great image and you've colored it so beautifully ... I especially love that 'sand' paper you used inside ... Perfection!

Ila said...

This card is Incredible Curt!! your coloring ..and that sky is Fantastic!!..the inside is perfect too...Hugs, Ila....Fabulous photo below..love that busy bee in that Beautiful flower!!

Elaine M said...

Great design and colors! Really like the background paper you chose and the paper with the sand look for the inside was perfect. Another great card from a great guy!
Elaine Moore - mtn.moven.faith@comcast.net

Rachel said...

This is such a great card, love those colors. love how you also decorated the inside with the paper that looks like sand.
hugs,
Rachel

dpkennedy said...

That's a great image! Very relaxing! How clever to use it with a gatefold! I love how the inside looks like sand!

The Rubber Maid said...

As you already have heard and not to be repetative...great image and it was done up very nicely. Love the sandy inside look. Pat

Lora said...

Hi Curt, hope you are well.
Love the bright colour of this card.
You have doen a fab job with that image!

Hugs Lora x

lisa808 said...

Love it! The coloring, paper, and sentiment are all perfect. I'm glad you remembered this week that the challenge was a gatefold card. Though I really don't mind seeing your wonderful 'before' and 'after' creations! I really like this image and hope to get a chance to play along this week.

Judy said...

Wow Curt, this card is just fabulous. I love your coloring...I'm so envious of your talent when it comes to coloring. I really struggle with it.

WhimsicalThoughts said...

it's awesome, great job.

Deedee Anderson said...

What a beautiful summery card! I love the turquoise papers and how you used a sandy paper on the inside. So fun!

Shirley said...

Talk about beachutiful! The colors and the design are just so open air wonderful! Love it~