Saturday, July 30, 2016

Your Flower = My Shell

Today is the beginning of one of my favorite weeks of the year - it's the week of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast.

This is a week long event exclusively for our Fan Club members, to thank them and reward them for supporting the site with their membership. In addition to the other perks of being a Fan Club member, this is a week where all the Dirty Dozen Alumni cook up amazingly creative challenges - 5 or 6 per day, and the participants can win prizes, not just inspiration.

A few months ago, when I received my Blossom Builder punch, the second I took it out of the box, I saw shells, not flowers. I even wrote myself a note on my daily task list that said "Shells w/Blossom punch" to remind myself to try this idea out.

Then, summer happened.

But when I saw my friend Lori's challenge for today, I knew it was an idea whose time had come and so I got to work. I still have never made a flower with this punch, and actually - I have a confession to make.

Are you ready? It's scandalous.

I don't like punches.

There. I said it. I'll wait while you all recover.

I've said this to people before, and I ALWAYS get a gasp in return, so I've sort of stayed in the closet about it. It's like saying you don't like kittens or rainbows, apparently, but the fact of the matter is, I don't, and here's why:

  • They're heavy.
  • They require hand strength that I don't have. I typically don't use craft supplies that smell or cause pain.
  • Did I mention that they're heavy? Because they're heavy. If I used punches in a class I'm giving myself a herniated kidney lifting the bag.
  • They take up a lot of space in my craft room - in a room the size of mine, this is a huge deal.
  • They're heavy.
So I'm super judicious in the punches I buy.

But every now and then, one comes along that I love, and has something that I can't get in a die, and when I looked at the shapes in this one, I knew even if I just made this one card that was in my head, it would have been worth buying the punch for. So, mission accomplished. I enjoyed the heck out of this project.

To make the background, I tore a piece of Avery Repositionable Label Paper the same size as my watercolor paper, and kept both pieces to mask.

Then I used the Wrinkle-Free Distress technique to get the water (Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon) and sand (Old Paper and Tea Dye) areas, and I used the sand colors to watercolor the faux shells made with the Blossom Punch.

I went around the edges of the shells with a Soft Suede marker to make them stand out from the background a bit, and then as I was positioning them on the background - I sit facing a window, so I let the natural shadows fall on the card, and then colored where the shadows were with a WG04 Copic marker to give them some dimension. There's glitter at the shoreline, which you of course, can't see. #thehumanity

I did a little video of the process for you - it's an easier and quicker card than you'd think, I promise.

Before you head off to watch though - do come join us this week for Dare to Get Dirty - and consider being a Fan Club Member!



  1. Beautiful card Lydia! Love those DI colours for the water - looks like that dreamy water at a tropical beach that I see in photos. I also have an aversion to punches for the same reasons but oh, I think that punch is so perfect for shells - you clever thing you!!

    Jocelyn x

  2. Beautiful card! When I first read your comment about the flowers looking like shells, I thought how is that possible? Then I saw the punch and thought "she's right!" all I see are shells!

  3. LOVE this card ... indeed I do!
    But I'm also a HUGE punch fan! We can still be friends. It's okay.

  4. Such a stunning card! And I love your statement re punches. I'm not a fan of them either :D

  5. LOL! You are so funny! I'm so with you on the punches!! Never jumped on that bandwagon! I do love your card though, it's so pretty and calm--reminds me of being on the beach.

  6. Beautiful and oh, so creative! Love it, Lydia!

  7. I saw shells instead of flowers with this punch, too!!! I'm glad you provided a tutorial!

  8. I love your card and your shadows created by natural light and colored by you are therefore However it is one I have not purchased. I have a lot of punches but I do agree with you that they are heavy and cumbersome to haul around! I will always think of shells now when I see this punch! The colors and the wrinkle free technique produced a wonderful sea and sand!

  9. Wow, I never saw shells in that punch, but I sure do now. Beautiful card. But I'll also admit to disliking heavy punches. I cleaned out and donated a bunch not too long ago, and now only keep the minimum faves.

  10. I'm like you with the punches. They are heavy and they hurt sometimes to punch with, but at least SU's are easier than some other brands. I love how you've taken this from just another flower punch to a whole new level. Love it! Your video was terrific as always and I really enjoyed watching it this morning. It put me in a watercolour kind of mood! Happy Stamping!

  11. Lydia,
    Do you film your videos with your phone? Just curious because they are so well done.

  12. WOW! What a beautiful card! Love how you used the distress inks. Great idea to use petal punch as "shells." TFS :D

  13. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial. I have never wanted that punch and now, because I see shells (or is it seashells - lol), I HAVE TO HAVE IT. I'm all about the beach/ocean so this has got to find a home with me.

  14. I'll comment on the card when I stop laughing at your (wonderful) speech about punches! I have too many punches, more than I can store so I'm leaning more your way. Thanks for the belly laugh you gave today.

    The card is amazing!


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