Friends Are Like Seashells

Friends Are Like Seashells

Happy Wednesday, my friends! I am so excited about my card for today. (Susan, take a Benadryl!) I have been doing more simple and clean cards lately, and I just needed a shot of vintage therapy. This was inspired by a card created by Narelle Farrugia, but I did add a few original touches.

Stampin' Up!, Friends Are Like Seashells

Something about the vintage look just makes me happy. I love to distress and crumple and tear. This gives my dear friend Susan a rash.

First, I stamped the sand dollar, starfish, and shell using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I used Petal Pink, Perfect Peacock, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends to color the images before die-cutting  with the Seaside Seashells Dies. I also sponged a bit of Soft Suede on the sand dollar.

Next, I distressed a piece of the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock to mess up the edges a bit. I also spritzed the Crumb Cake Cardstock with water so I could easily crumple it up. I love the texture you can get from crumpling! You can get a similar look using the Old World Paper or Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folders. It’s not quite as distressed, but a benefit of that is that Susan won’t break out in hives. I’m joking, of course. I don’t think Susan really gets hives, but her cards are always so clean and perfect that seeing them distressed distresses her. I get it. I am a very messy stamper. When I try to do “clean and classic” cards, I always seem to get a smudge that I have to either cover up or turn the card into a “vintage” one. I get hives trying to be clean!

I added the Crumb Cake Cardstock and the DSP to a Very Vanilla card base. I really wish I had distressed the card base a bit, because it looks a little too clean for a vintage card. The Gilded Leafing or some sponged ink would have been perfect around the edges.

Next I added a small piece of the Golden Garden Specialty DSP then added the shells using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Golden Garden DSP is gold on one side and silver on the other. I love the gold, but it’s nice to have options!

The sentiment is stamped in Perfect Peacock, then punched with the Timeless Label Punch. I sponged a bit of Soft Suede ink over the edges.

The final touch was to add a few Champagne Basic Jewels to the card. I think these are Champagne Basic Jewels. In my haste to use my embellishments, I take them out of the packaging, so I’m not entirely sure this is what they are. But they would work with this card, right?

Be sure to stop by on Friday to see Susan’s, Jackie’s and my favorite Sale-a-bration products. Hmmmm…Donkeys? Hummingbirds? DSP? I think I have my favorite made, but it may change by Thursday night!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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6 Responses to Friends Are Like Seashells

  1. Susan Horr says:

    If I didn’t know better, I would say your dog ate your paper. Haha. Just kidding. This is beautiful! Now where is that Benadryl!


  2. Jackie says:

    Buffy, this is gorgeous, even if the dog did nibble on that paper (shame on Susan!). I always have a hard time layering multiple pieces of paper, and this is LOVELY. I really like the bit of golden garden acetate. Just wonderful


    • buffycooper says:

      Thank you, Jackie! The golden garden acetate was kind of a “fluke.” I didn’t plan it, but had an extra from a Make & Take sitting on my table begging to be used. Glad it worked!


  3. debsmart says:

    You do vintage very, very, well, Buffy! You have the layering and smudging down perfectly, as this card proves 🙂


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