PE: Showstopper at Curtain Call Challenge!!! (Can you believe it!?!)
The Hear Desires Honorable Mention!!! Yippie!!! 😀
I had won the Cupcake Inspirations challenge in May with this card, winning the honor of being a Sweet Six. Imagine my surprise when Naki mailed me asking to be the Surprise Sweetie!! I re-read the mail a couple times – I thought she had mailed me by mistake or something! 😉
So, there was no way I would say no – and then, when she sent me the theme for the Challenge 363 – “Under the Sea”
Ah.. I got a little tensed. See, I am no good when it comes to sea and fish. I right out avoid challenges with sea theme, beach theme, fish theme – you name it. I have nothing against them, mind you, in fact I love the sea and beach – I spent most of my childhood summer holidays near a beach and the smell of sea in the air is one of my favorites! But when it comes to making a card with the them …. errr… no, not my favorite! I didn’t want to miss the chance to be a part of CIC, but this was going to become a nightmare soon.. And that’s when Naki calmed me down.. she asked me to just have fun..and even gave me ideas – use the colors that remind you of the sea, or bubbles, waves, sea creatures, etc.. Yup, that got a couple of ideas in my head! 🙂 And this is what I came up with –
I decided to put my acrylic paints to good use. I first gessoed a watercolor panel then added colors of the ocean, similar to the inspiration picture. Well, I would have stopped right there, if I could – the colors were looking really delicious! 😀 I then proceeded, albeit taking the risk of finally trashing it, to add a few plant life – I painted sea plants (or maybe leaves?) and some corals (do they even look like corals??) and left he panel aside to dry.
Next, I wanted to add a few fish too. The problem – I don’t own any stamps dedicated to sea theme – I could have hand drawn them, easy, but I thought of searching my stash first. I am glad I did – these fish are from My Favorite Things Cat-itude stamp set – you never would have guessed! :DI stamped the fish using MFT Hybrid black ink, and colored then using distress ink before fuzzy cutting them out.
Once the painted panel was dry, I trimmed it, layered it with a panel of pattern paper from K & Company – I felt that the colors were reminding of sand and beach – and adhered both the pieced to the card base double sided tape. I then added the fish, giving them a little dimension and the sentiment panel, where the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp One With Nature, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
Once done, I added quite a bit of glitter to the fish using Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, and some Ranger Glossy Accents. I also added the bubbles in white acrylic paint. And that’s my card! I am pretty happy with how it turned out, considering I had no idea what to do when I started! 😀
Submitting this to Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Sail On and The Heart Desires Challenge #1 (thank you Cris for reminding me of this challenge!) (and it makes me so happy to participate in the first challenge!! :D) –
A big thanks to Naki – for the chance to be the Surprise Sweetie and giving me the encouragement to make this card – I really had fun making it! 🙂
Do stop over at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – I’ll bet you will be totally inspired to make something “under the sea”! 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂
This is awesome.
Thank you so much Amy!
Congrats on being Surprise Sweetie Ashwini !! Its different than usual was the first thought that came to my mind 🙂 Very cute underwater scene…now that you have created one can we expect more sea/beach themed cards 😉 ?
Thank you Pooja! But that is a difficult question to answer! Lets just say, ‘time will tell’!! 😀 😉
Congratulations on being a Surprise Sweetie! Your card seems effortlessly created. Love the beautiful scene, and the visible brush strokes for the sea give amazing texture… I agree, the colors are so yummy! The sea and summer are a huge inspiration to me… in fact I just created a card with three orange fish 🙂 that I’m submitting to the brand new “The Heart Desires Challenge #1”. If you wish you can also play along, you’ll just have to choose from 3 of the given elements to play along, one of them is “sea creatures”. Now I’m off to see the rules to the CIC :).
Thank you so much for the comments, Cris! I can see that, while I struggle with some stuff, it might be the easiest for others – but that can become a means for some fantastic inspiration for me!! 😀
And thanks for the reference – I completely forgot about the Heat Desires challenge – I’ve submitted my card there now! 🙂
And hope you get to play in CIC too! 🙂
Great card, love your background!
Thank you Sandy!
I love that sentiment and your fun card! Wonderful take on the inspiration photo!
Thank you so much Leigh!
Love this and great sentiment! Thanks for joining THD!
Thank you Katie!
Ashwini, I am in absolute awe. I love everything about this. Everything!
Thank yo so much Toni!
Lovely water background and those fish are adorable. Thanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.
Thank you Marissa!
Fantastic card! Love the touch of orange with the blue and green water… I also love the style of the words… great take on the Sail On challenge. Thank you for playing along with us.
Thank you Monika!
Fabulous card! I love all the details! Thank you for playing along with us at The Heart Desires!
Thank you Tonya!