Saturday, August 18, 2012

My First Card Challenge

So I said I wanted to try entering some card-making challenges on the Internet.  But I bumbled around and I missed the deadlines for the first two I wanted to try, CAS-ual Fridays and Less Is More, which are both "Clean and Simple" style challenge blogs.  So today I have worked really hard to get it together for the next weekly CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which is "splish-splash," a card with something seen in or near the sea.

So here is my card:

I hope it's obvious that this card is embossed with nautilus shells.  That's what's from the sea.

I embossed an aqua card base with a Spellbinders Embossabilities sea-themed embossing folder.  They I dusted the whole card liberally with Perfect Pearls, to give it that mother-of-pearl sheen.

The sentiment is a vellum sticker, which I pasted onto more of the same aqua cardstock (Recollections brand), cut down to size, and them mounted with dimensional adhesive.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

So there it is, my first card challenge.

I also am working on a card for the Play Date Cafe Challenge which involves shells, so if that turns out well, I'll post it here as well.

UPDATE: I just wanted to say Thank You for all the lovely, kind comments on this card.  It means a lot to have people appreciate my work. Thank you.


Michele Gross said...

What a beautiful card! I love the embossed background and the shimmery look. So glad you came to play with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Looking forward to seeing more of you :)

Julie S said...

That is so pretty. I love how you added the pearlescent sheen to it.

Lynn said...

So glad you got to play with us at CAS-ual Fridays. The embossing is stunning! Love it!

Debby said...

Hi Kirsten! So glad you joined us at CAS-ual Fridays with your first internet based challenge. Believe me it won't be your last - they are great fun! Your card is perfect for this weeks theme - I love the use of perfect pearls over the embossing :) All very serene and beautiful.

Janna said...

Beautiful card! I don't think I've ever seen shimmery paper like that before, really pretty!
Happy stamping!

Sindhu said...

Never saw anything like this before! fabulous card!

Anonymous said...

Kirsten, WOW! The effect of the embossing with the perfect pearls is simply amazing! It looks like your card is made out of motherpearl!
So glad you joined us this week at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope to see you more of your beautiful creations :)

Jenny said...

The shimmer and texture on your card are amazing...... what a great take on the challenge theme :0)
So glad you shared your creativity with us this week at CASual Fridays :0)
Jenny x

Anonymous said...

So happy that you were able to join us! Fabulous textire with the nautilus shell and the shimmer makes it look fabulous :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Suzanne said...

This is gorgeous and so unique! What a great way to interpret the challenge! So happy to see you at CAS-ual Fridays this week! Thanks for playing!