Friday, April 20, 2018

CropStop Blog - April Guest Designer

Hello my friends!
How excited am I to once again be asked to Guest Design for the

If you are not familiar with the CropStop Blog or Store
you owe it to yourself to pop over and check 'em out!

The CropStop Blog has had to resort back to their OLD blog after having
extensive issues with their Wordpress blog back in February!
Please tell your friends who are curious what's going on with CropStop of this change.  They can not even get into their blog to make the announcement of this issue!
Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

Today I have an ocean themed card to share with you.  Hubby & I are planning a trip to the islands in May so that's what is on my mind at the present time.  

 This card all began with the background panel which I created using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers and watercolor paper.   Of course, where would I be without my Craft Sheet ... I have one designated strictly for this type of project as you will see in the photos below. 

I spritzed my paper with water first, then put a few drops of the oxide reinkers on my craft sheet and started 'swishing'  it on with a paint brush.  Spritz with a little more water then dry it with your heat gun.
I wanted to have a water bubble affect in the water so I spritzed it with  water being careful to have both little and big water droplets.  The longer the water sits on the panel, the more color it will pull up when you blot it with a paper towel.

Now comes the fun of pulling the other elements together for this underwater adventure.

 It was only after I adhered my ribbon die panel that I decided to enclose this element with clear panels cut from die cut packaging.  I find so many uses for this packaging material and this is one of them.  

So I adhered a clear panel to the back and another to the front then placed 3M dimension tape to the back.  I positioned my Angel Fish onto my 'water' background then placed my 'Graceful Branch Panel' over top.

Glue Dots were used to adhere the front clear panel so I simply snipped the flowers from another Petal Ribbon panel and glued them over top.  This coordinated the piece and hid the glue dots perfectly.

Here's another look at the finished card . . .

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I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!
Please pop over to the CropStop Blog for more wonderful inspiration!
And, be sure to check out their store!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always . . .


scrAPpamondo said...

Congrats for your GD and Wow!! Wonderful scene on your card!! Thanks for the step by step on how you made it, so inspiring!!

Donna Ellis said...

Whoa! Great use of color on both of your masterpieces, Darlene! I enjoy the coral color theme in your first card, something not often seen, and very much in tune with the coral reefs! Lovely backgrounds, and the "swaying" waves carrying blooms of the ocean are marvelous!

Diane said...

Super fun card with that awesome scene and those oxides..colors are fabulous!! Your trip is getting closer and closer, how exciting for you and you are going to have a wonderful time and lots of good food too!!

Barbara said...

They sure knew what they were doing when they asked you to be a GD. Congratulations and I love this well-designed card and all of the instructions.

Leslie Miller said...

I have no doubt that's what's on your mind right now! I'm jelly as a jellyfish, but so excited for you. I sure love your underwater scene with the dimension you gave it, and that awesome watery background. WOW all over, Darlene!

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Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Darlene, I love the design and the background is just beautiful. xx

Donna Phelan said...

Oh I love that background, how fun was that to make?!?! Your flowers are perfect accents and I love that angel fish, the branch works great as 'seaweed' LOVE!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so gorgeous and wonderfully constructed. It certainly is a tropical masterpiece.

Esther Asbury said...

So happy you could GUEST design for Cropstop this week! What a fun card!
Thanks for helping to spread the word about our move as well! You're a real sweetie!

Conniecrafter said...

this is too cute, great job on the background using the reinkers. Like how you used the packaging too, such neat detail on the fish. I would have a hard time concentrating on anything else if I had your trip coming up :)