When the "Swirly Bird" stamp set first debuted in Stampin' Up's annual catalog, it didn't catch my eye. But after I saw loads of examples, it was a "must-have" set for me. I love the elements and all the different things you can create with it. I wanted to create a special card for a coworker who is sailing away into retirement. And I have a tip for you that I'm so excited to share!!
I started by embossing a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Whisper White Card Stock with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. I initially did this just to add some texture, but when I took a good look at it, I realized it looked a lot like watercolor paper, and, oh my goodness! It was a revelation!! You can make your own faux watercolor paper!! I used an Aqua Painter to lay on a wash of Soft Sea Foam and a wash of Blueberry Bushel Inks. I was so pleased with the effect!
Next, I stamped the sailboat parts from the "Swirly Bird" stamp set in Blueberry Bushel, Soft Sea Foam, and Crumb Cake Inks onto Whisper White Card Stock. I fussy cut each piece with my Paper Snips and adhered them to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the flag in Blueberry Bushel directly onto the Whisper White Panel. I adhered this piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Blueberry Bushel Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.
I stamped a sentiment from the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set in Versamark Ink onto Vellum Card Stock. I sprinkled on some Gold Embossing Powder and set it with my Heat Tool. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I adhered this to the sailboat with some strategically placed Glue Dots. I finished the card by adding some Twinkle Adhesive-Backed Sequins.
I'm so pleased with how this card turned out. I know my friend will love it, too!