Tuesday, February 19, 2013

By The Tide Birthday

Last summer at the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in Providence, RI, I won a gift certificate for my swap card for a shopping spree.  I saved it until the Spring Catalog came out so I could score some new goodies!  One of the stamp sets I really liked was "By The Tide."  Living in New England near the ocean, it just spoke to me. 

Isn't it cute?  Of course, once I received it I was a little unsure of how I wanted to use it.  I've seen lots of cute samples using the lobster.  This set makes me think it would be well suited for a masculine card, father's day or a guy's birthday.  I started out with my "prototype" card using Pool Party cardstock for the base and the frame.  The oval framelit was used to die cut the raised Pool Party panel and then embossed with the Argyle TIEF.  The ink colors I used were Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green and Pool Party.  When I got it all together I just didn't like it.  I was going to add a sentiment banner as well, but since I wasn't happy with the direction, I stopped.  Here's how far I got:

It just seemed a little bit too babyish???  Not quite right.  So back to the drawing board.  I decided to use the Square Lattice TIEF and a base card of Crumb Cake.  Instead of Summer Starfruit ink on the seaweed/coral I used Crumb Cake.  The rest of the colors were the same.

I like how this came out.  I was tempted to add more "stuff" to it, brads, bling or ribbon, but I kept it simple because it's supposed to be more masculine, less fussy and potentially a card we make at my next Stamp-A-Stack! 

The Very Vanilla panel is 3"x4" and after stamping the images I put a Stampin' Dimensional in each corner then adhered the oval frame panel to the top so it was lined up correctly.  

What do you think?  Do you like the Argyle or the Square Lattice texture for this card?  Summer Starfruit seaweed and Pool Party base card or Crumb Cake for both?

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