Alternative title - My Tropical Nightmare!
Well, if yesterday's card went perfectly today's has more than made up for it. The Alphabet Challenge has come to 'I for Island Fun - anything tropical'. Fun, she says! That definitely got lost in translation whilst making this card. I have very little in the tropical line so I went shopping (shh, don't tell my other half) and bought a My Favourite Things stamp set from Seven Hills Crafts. It had palm trees. It had flamingos. It was just what I needed.
So, I started by creating a lovely sunset using distress inks blended over a circle mask. Well, 'lovely' may be stretching it. It went straight in the bin. I umm'd and arrr'd a bit and finally gave up and cut a circle from some backing paper. I had a couple of goes at creating my island from some sandy paper with some more distress ink. Then I came to stamping my images. I don't have a lot of coloured stamping inks so I dug out my mum's old watercolour markers and used them to stamp my palm tree and my flamingo. They didn't work great but they didn't look totally rubbish either. I cut everything out carefully and set about sticking my scene together and stamped the flamingo's legs where I wanted them. I totally forgot to remove the flamingo and promptly ruined it with black ink. Ok, that followed the sunset into the bin. I stamped a new flamingo - which turned out to be different from the one I'd previously stamped and was facing the wrong way. That also went in the bin. Anyway, here is the result.
I did fling a bit of sparkle pen at it to try and make it more appealing but you can't really see it on the picture. Looking at it now I sort of like the effect the markers have on the stamp. It adds a bit of texture. Anyway, now it's your turn. I'll be back to check the entries later. I've got to go and empty the bin!
Thanks for reading.
Love Dawn x