Seas the Day August Blog Hop

Woo!  It’s a new month and a new opportunity to Seas the Day and check out our Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog Hop!

We are featuring some fun engineered cards this month, and hopefully our card themes will have you dreaming of time on the beach or the water, or whatever grants your soul some rest… ahhh…

I’m not gonna lie, my cards have definitely been more CAS lately (or at least simple, perhaps not so clean. ha!) and the thought of making an engineered card intimidated me!  Thankfully this fab tunnel card kit by Photoplay made the assembly part easy!  I already have a variety of nesting dies at home, so I chose to work with the value pack that doesn’t have dies included. (If you don’t have them already, it also comes with circle or rectangle dies.)

Since I was already going rogue, I went with an old nesting die set by Spellbinders to make things interesting.  I knew I was going to be using seashells on my card and I like the curves of these.  I also gathered some patterned paper and Cardstock I thought would work well together and using the tutorial on YouTube, I built my card base!

I used the largest cutout from the inside tunnel as well as a larger die cut piece on the front of my card.  I stamped several shells from this Jane Davenport set in shades of Distress Ink, layered with some mixed media stamps.  I also cut and embossed seashells by Tim Holtz, and almost didn’t use this one because it was slightly off… once I grunged it up a bit more with excess ink and layered the sentiment over it (also by Tim Holtz) I really like it!

Inside, I used the same elements you see on the front, framed around a sentiment by Taylored Expressions.

The shells were stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink (I’ve got the original jumbo quad pad they were released in, this new set is on my wish list!) and watercolored with some of the Distress Inks I used on the front of the card, mostly Salvaged Patina.  The addition of round metallic stickers adds a bit of shine and helps tie it together with the card front.

As you can see, I added the smaller embossed shell inside the card as well.  I’m so glad I had this piece of wood grain patterned paper!  I really wanted to use an embossing folder and make one, but felt that another textured layer might be too much for this style of card.  I stayed up way past my bedtime working on this card, so it’s great when all the pieces come together 🙂

The rest of the team has been working on wowing you as well, so please HOP ON and enjoy the rest of their projects!

Please be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $50 gc for the online store!  There’s also an INTERACTIVE SALE happening right now too, and you can save on a variety of products to assist you making fun interactive projects like this one!

Happy hopping & Inky hugs,

Tara

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22 Responses to “Seas the Day August Blog Hop”What You're Saying

  1. Gorgeous card, Tara! I love the colours and textures 🙂

  2. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Oh, I really like the rustic look of the last card. It reminds me of a bait shop, or a boat rental shop. Really cute!

  3. Susan Powell says:

    LOVE this Tara! The inside is my favorite but LOVE it all!!

  4. Maureen Reiss says:

    Fabulous tunnel cards!!! Love them all!!!

  5. Darlene says:

    It’s so pretty!!

  6. Melissa Baskin says:

    Love your cards, they are amazing and I didn’t know photoplay made pre done cards

  7. TK says:

    SO cute, very creative!

  8. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Tara! These are amazing! I LOVE the sentiments and the rustic look with the ocean colors!

  9. Claudia Davis says:

    Lovely cards – great job!

  10. andrea murdock says:

    absolutely gorgeous cards. Love your colour choices

  11. What an absolutely gorgeous card! And how brilliant to use the inside die cuts for the card front… note to self. 😉

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the contour of the windows! Beautiful colors and details, and gorgeous seashells! Awesome sentiment too!

  13. Lorrie Strebel says:

    Love the color combo. Great card

  14. Cheryl Taylor says:

    A beautiful card! The colours make me think of the ocean. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Donna Walls says:

    Love the Seas the Day theme and the distressed frame is gorgeous!

  16. Giselle D. says:

    I am intimidated by engineered cards too. Your cards turned out awesome, I love the wood background on the second card.

  17. Carol Wortman says:

    Wonderful colors and themes. Havent made a tunnel card yet, but the inspiration is such fun…. must seas the feeling and tunnel in! Love it.

  18. Patricia Beck says:

    Your cards are so pretty. The layered colors are amazing! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Glad to know I am not theonly one that stays up too late finishing cards! Lol

  19. carol says:

    Echoing the others: your shell/beach themed tunnel card is gorgeous! Adding this kit to my wish list!
    ~carol

  20. Donna Walls says:

    Was a Winner of this Hop announced? TIA~

  21. Tara says:

    No, the month totally got away on me! So sorry! I’m online to post the winner right now though, so watch for it!

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