Social Stamping – Out of the Box

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Socially distant stampy salutations, crafty friends! It’s time for another fun-filled edition of Social Stamping! To read more about Social Stamping and see the full list of this week’s participants, click here to read Kelly’s intro.

Although things are getting pretty much back to normal here in WA, where we have done an awesome job of crushing the Covid, life certainly isn’t totally back to normal yet. This weekend we were supposed to be leaving for our family vacation in Hawaii. I should be heading to some warm beaches and cool cocktails and lots of sea turtles at the doorstep of our condo. But instead, I’m wrapped up in my favourite cardi, sipping warm coffee and looking out at the rain pouring down outside. Such is 2020. I think it will be a while before we can get back to international travel, especially to the USA (although Hawaii has done a better job than the lower 48 of containing the virus), but that will just make us appreciate it all the more when we do.

I clearly have sea turtles on the brain, though. This week the theme is “out of the box”. I love this theme and I can’t wait to see all the creative ways that people interpret it, and all the fabulous projects. Now I have to admit, my thinking this week has been not just out of the box but all over it. I had several great ideas that turned out to be unworkable disasters that were abandoned midway through and jumped all over the place with what I was doing. If I had to represent this visually it would look a little something like this.

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And after all this out of the box thinking I ended up making…a card. Lol.

But in my defence, there are several unusual elements to this card!

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I love a window card, and what better use for window cards than a window to an undersea world…

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For the front of the card, I created my porthole using a stitched circle die and a slightly smaller circle die nested together to cut a frame from Misty Moonlight cardstock. I tied some linen thread around the frame to give it a more nautical look. Using the smaller of the circle dies I also cut a window through the front panel – Mint Macaron cardstock embossed with the Old World Paper 3D EF – and the card base of Misty Moonlight. The embossing on the MM panel kind of flattened out a bit when I ran it through the Big Shot to cut the window, and I love the way that turned out. It’s a much more subtle texture than the first run of the 3D folder. I wedged a piece of acetate sheet in between the layers as well for the window.

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The magic is when you open the card, to be greeted by this turtle guy, happily swimming in his beautiful sea. I’ve mounted him on a wobbler, so he really springs off the page when you open up the card.

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The inside panel features this gorgeous paper from the Whale of A Time DSP. You guys, this paper. It is fabulous. And these beautiful scenes really don’t need much extra embellishment. I love the impact of opening up the card to reveal this underwater scene.

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So what do you think? Did I get away with it?? Is this “out of the box” enough??

Next up this week is the gorgeous Denise, hop on over with me to see what fabulousness she has come up with. Denise makes beautiful cards but also really awesome and clever 3D creations, so I can’t wait to see what she’s done this week.

 

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Thanks for stopping by,

 

Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep on swimming.

 

Siobhan.