…and here are the cards I created:
There is a lot going on for all of these projects! For the basic tag (and that great faux sand recipe) check out Tim's blog post. I changed a few things up for the cards. As a nod to the embossed plastic layer on the tag, I stenciled bubbles onto the background using Gloss Super Heavy Gel. I didn't have a stencil with the "bubble" look I wanted so I made my own! I cut a piece of plastic packaging into a rectangle and punched different sized circles out of it using my extensive collection of circle punches.
I used a palette knife to spread the gel through (it dries clear).
The wonderful vintage images are from The Graphics Fairy website. It is such a great resource, you should check it out. The sailor boy card is for my son's birthday this weekend. I added a metal 8 for his age, appropriately corroded up with paint and Vintage Photo embossing powder so it looked like it had indeed been sitting of the bottom of the sea.
The other card features a black and white image that I hand tinted with Distress inks. It's very subtle but I think it adds a nice touch. Check out this Ranger video for instructions on how to tint photos, it's easy! I used Epson photo paper and that took the ink well.
Thanks for reading about my Sand & Sea projects! I think I will be getting a lot of use out of these dies. ;-) I am also submitting my sailor boy card for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge, Tag, You're It!
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