Friday, June 3, 2016

Under the Sea Octopus Card Set

Winner at Crafty Ribbons
Winner at The Male Room

Coffee of the Day - Coconut Macadamia

Today begins a new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog, with a theme of 'Masculine plus ribbon or trim.' the DT has created some gorgeous projects to inspire you, so stop by to see their pretties! :)

since our son, Mick, was heading off to Canada for a work/study program, I wanted to make some cards for him to take along from me - notes of encouragement and filled with love. :)  his course of study is Wildlife Resource Management, so nature themed cards are always a hit with him. for a while, he was fascinated with the octopus, so when I came across these vintage postcard digital downloads in the Cameo Shoppe, I snapped them right up. I paired them with the seashell domino prints from the same store.

I made the paper for each of the cards using gelatos, SU! ink refills, and glimmer mist on watercolor paper.  each card also uses the same 2 1/2" natural cotton ribbon, sometimes cut into smaller strips. this is one of my fave of all the ribbons in the RRR store! :)

a Martha Stewart fern punch works well to mimic coral or seaweed. cardboard that has been torn and inked creates the perfect texture and backdrop to the vintage postcards. miscellaneous octopus embellishments include charms that I distressed with various inks as well as wood veneer from Michael's. one of my big finds while out on an antique adventure with hubby was a jar of seashells. perfect to use on these cards!

other ribbons used include: natural burlap string, brown burlap stringmoss mini ric rac, orange plaid ribbon, and brown wrinkled ribbon. this last card shown also has tiny beads and Prima micro beads added to it for even more fun. Tim Holtz clips were added to several of the cards. all of them have vintage buttons.

I hope you have enjoyed the cards I sent along with Mick. I sure will miss that guy, but I also know that he is going to have a once in a lifetime experience! :)

have a most amazing weekend, dearest friends! love ya & thanks so much for stopping by!

Crafts and Me - anything goes with optional shabby chic/vintage theme
Creative Craft Cottage - include an animal
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Fathers/Grandfather/Brothers or for a man (my son)
Our Creative Corner -  A Beautiful Mess (handmade watercolor paper)
Petal Lu - anything goes
Southern Ridge Trading - masculine
4 Crafty Chicks - masculine
Crafty Ribbons - masculine or transport with ribbons
DL Art - boys and/or men
Male Room - critters and/or bugs


Sammy said...

Oh these are just gorgeous. All of them! Your son is a very lucky young man. x

She's a Color Queen said...

These are amazing!!! Such realistic colors and flowing lines!

Unknown said...

Each one so different but yet each one so perfectly the same too Jennifer. These are just unique - the muted colors, the placement, the layers - each piece places with love. What a great opportunity for your son and what a comfort these will be to him when he has those bouts of homesickness! Thanks bunches for joining "A Beautiful Mess" Challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER! j.

Laura said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons
I love the addition of the sea shells

Anita said...

Wow! This amazing and your son is so lucky to have cards to encourage him. Enjoy your coffee!

Nancy Hill said...

Very clever using the Martha Steward punch to resemble coral. Love the choice of ribbons for the aquatic theme. Gorgeous card. Hugs

Katelyn said...

Fantastic under the sea card! Your use of embellishments are a perfect addition to the card. Thanks for playing along with us on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
-Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

Jane said...

WOW! What amazingly realistic looking sea critters and such gorgoeous background colours. Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

Fikreta said...

your cards are wonderful!
love them all!
have a nice day
Bad Kitty's Craftroom

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a great idea to send some crafty love along with your son! He's a lucky duck!

Michele said...

congratulations to your son! i hope his studies go well. this is a wonderful card set. thank you for linking up to our challenge at the lunagirl moonbeams blog! xo

DIANA L. said...

Wonderful card I am really loving the posta cards, but the color and design are just perfect.
Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge #181-“Boys or Men” for this challenge. Have a blessed day


katieo said...

These are perfect cards to encourage your son on his exciting journey. I love those vintage postcards. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge/ Katie-DT.Member

Fikreta said...

me again :D
Thank you for joining us at Creative craft cottage!
Good Luck and hope to see you again.
Bad Kitty's Craftroom

Tamie said...

All of your cards look simply awesome with those under the sea images. they are perfect for a masculine card. Congratulations to your son. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Masculine Challenge.

Tamie DT

Coccinelle Demoiselle said...

Hi Jennifer!
A card very marine which could please any fisher man. Many thanks to join us in Crafty Ribbons challenge this week and good luck from Christelle DT.

Deborah Frings said...

Oh I think these are all absolutely fab. The octopus images are stunning! I do like all the embellishments too. Sorry to be so late commenting, but thanks so much for playing along with our Critters challenge at The Male Room! Deborah, DT.

Karen Lunagirl said...

Very pretty - love the whole series! Thanks for sharing one in my June challenge at ~ Karen

Karen said...

Great card & super idea, thanks for playing along at the Southern Ridge Trading Co.

lulucker said...

Great projects with fabulous embellishments, thank you for joining us at Petal Lu xx

Vixykins said...

Fantastic, love the postcards x

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