Ok, my " summer season " collection of tools and supplies has grown again! Every year its my tradition to buy a punch or die with an ocean theme. I even buy the occasional stamp with the same purpose in mind, but I do tend to buy punches and dies more. I love those two tools - and if there is a matching stamp set, I'm "swimmingly" thrilled, lol!
The summer is for our fun colours, but this year I gave myself a challenge- well, two challenges. ..1) buy a die that was really over the top ' seaside' and 2) use a sleek gold card base as my starting point. The first was made easy when I saw CHEERY LYNN's Seahorse Family Die which I purchase as fast as I could from Scrapbooking Online Cafe.
The second challenge was merely because of a personal challenge - how could I use a non-traditional colour for an ocean theme? I usually delve into my bluesy, greeny colours right? Not this time mama litas!
DOLLAR STORES - right? Definitely! Moi goes there on a regular basis to scope out a find. This time it was shiny deep gold card-envelope set - 5 to the pack which is not too shabby for a dollar!
This gold card is too shiny and too 'gold' for our card - so scruff it up! Use a sanding block to make bold scratches and dull areas. Using blue and green watercolour pencils trace colour into the scratches, then wipe with cloth. The effect is slight but its there and it helped to make the card base look as though it had 'natural' texture!