Spinning Kraken

July 8, 2016

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards featured.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html


July 5, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so do her little sister and her little brother. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend, so I knew I needed to make something for the younger siblings as well. We made color your own birthday cards for each of the girls. Baby brother will only be one year old and will not enjoy a coloring book. So, I tried something new and made him a spinner card.


The card all closed up. Don’t mind the binder clip, this card just would not stay closed.


The front panel opened up.


Size:   Vertical tri-fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I made a tri-fold card because I wanted room to write to the birthday boy and I wanted more space to use all the fun stamps I pulled out. I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I cut it down to one A2 sized card base one 4.25 x 5.5”band one 5.5 x 4.75” panel. I scored the card base as usual. I scored the panel at 5/8th of an inch to create a flap to attach it to my card base. Next, I die cut circles from the front of the card base and the 4.25 x 5.5” panel. At this, point I decided I wanted some sand at the bottom of my card, so using the left over strips of water color paper and the Speech Bubble die I made small hills.

After most of the die cutting was done I started stamping. I stamped the kraken on the leftover circles. I stamped the kraken twice to make the spinner part of the card. I used mirror stamping to get them to line up perfectly on the card. I stamped all the black line images in Versa Fine ink and added clear embossing powder. For the color images, I first tapped my stamp on my Versa Mark ink pad, and then in a colored ink pad. I added clear embossing powder to those as well. Then I heat set everything.

Now the fun part; water coloring! I used Distress Inks for my water colors today. I started by coloring all the images in. If I ever make this card again, I would start with the background. It would make fixing mistakes easier. After all the cute little critters were dry, I started on the backgrounds. The sand was just a simple wash of color. The ocean was another story. I started by adding a strip of four different blue Distress Inks. Then, I played with getting them to blend together a bit. After letting the ink dry a bit, I drew wavy lines in with a thin fairly dry brush. At this point, I thought the lines were too harsh, so using a wide brush I swiped clean water over the whole think to blend the lines out a bit. Lastly, I splattered some water drops on everything.

Finally, it was time to assemble the card. First, I die cut the kraken. One could be die cut in the usual manner. The reverse image had to be die cut from the back. I lined up the die with the image by holding it up to a window. It took me two tries but I got it right in the end. I cut a length of light blue thread and folded it over a few times. I sandwiched that between the two krakens using lots of Scor tape. I added Scor tape around both of the circle cut outs. I place the kraken in the circle and sandwiched the two pieces together. I added some score tape to the scored fold on the 4.75 x 5.5” panel and attached it to the right edge of the card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, and So Jelly

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die and Loveable Legends die

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Lady Bug and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

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