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Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Stair-Step Card at Last!

Well, it took a week longer than anticipated but I hope it was worth the wait! I had a ball making this card. It represents a lot of firsts for me in card making. A first "step" card, first "dirty" Tilda, first Pirate Tilda, first time painting a card, and first time using gauze.

To make Tilda look a little grubby I added brown tones to the shadows on her hat and the stripes on her shirt...as I look at it now, I might go back and add it to the boots as well!


The diecuts are all from Cricut Paper Doll, Accent Essentials, and Life's a Beach cartridges. I tried something new this time (another first!) by cutting everthing, except the flag & ship, in white Neenah Solar White and then colored everything with Copics. It is so much easier than running little scraps of colored cardstock through the unit and the small items are easy to color. I added Glossy Affects to the crab, starfish, shell, anchor, & fish eyes for some fun dimension and also to the back of the ship to make it a little less fragile.

The waves were cut using a Fisker border punch. Each row was antiqued a bit with white paint & stamp pad then slathered well with diamond Stickles. I chose to use alternating rows in different colors with waves facing opposite directions to give the card some movement. The shadow of the little pirate ship from Cricut Paper Dolls in the background gives the illusion of distance.

The gauze is a simple 2x2 bandage that I opened and stained with coffee to make a net for my shells. It was tied to the pier with string as was the anchor. The pier is a stamp by Art Impressions that I stamped on kraft cardstock and colored with Copics #E25, 29 and O. I cut it out and glued it beneath the first row of waves. Tilda was fussy cut also and pop-dotted to the pier to give a 3D affect.


I used the following Copics:
Flesh - E0000, E21, E50, R000, R20
Hair - C3, C5, N7, 0
Clothes - E40, 43, R22, R39, R46, B91, B95
Boots/hat - C1, C3, N7, E40, E43, E44
Earrings - YR21
Pier - E25, E29
Sun - Y00, Y15, Y17
Sealife - R22, R46, R17, Yoo, Y15, Y17, C1, C3
This photo is inspiration over at Magnolia-licous Challenge blog this time around. I love the colors and the geometrical shapes with a plain white background!

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
7/31 Magnolia Highlites - Summer Bash, Fishing fun
8/24 All That Scraps - #12 Hot, Hot Days of Summer
8/8 Magnolia-Licious #22 - Photo Inspiration

25 comments:

Yvonne said...

This card is absolutely amazing!!! I've been wanting to try a stair step card and this is very inspiring! LOVE IT!
~Yvonne OneCreativeMomma.blogspot.com

ScrapinShana said...

WOWZERS!!! This card is fantastic!! Love, love, love all the details =)

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

You did a wonderful job, how adorable! :O) Hugs! Leah Ann

Beth said...

Ronda, your card is FANTASTIC!!! Love all the detail work! Awesome job!

Paulagriff said...

Wow!!! Amazing card, the detail is fantastic, its stunning! Paula :)

Candy said...

Rhonda,
Oh I do love your card!!
So much detail :o) & bright and happy colours.
Fantastic work!
Thank you for joining in our Magnolia-licious Inspiration Challenge.
Hugs, Candy

julieprice3 said...

Just lovely! Great attention to detail. You've done a wonderful job!
Hugs Julie P

Juliep said...

OMG! This is totally amazing. I love every detail (and there are many) of this card. The waves are perfect and the 3-D look is just gorgeous. Love it.

Karen's Fun Blog said...

Gorgeous card! : )

RenateKreativ said...

Amazing card, the detail is fantastic, its stunning!
Hugs from Germany
Renate

Monique said...

Wow. This is absolutely gorgeous !!! I love everything about it :)).

Hugs Monique

Linda said...

Wow this is absolutely beautiful!!!! Wow love the design and the colors are super!!!!! Great job!!!!!

Frances said...

Beautiful card! Love the layout, the wave detail and your coloring is wonderful! hugs, Frances.

Elle said...

Can we say ADORABLE?! This is darling and the work you put into really shines thru.

Rene said...

Oh oh oh oh OH! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this card! How perfect are those waves? How fantastic does Tilda look? How adorable are your sea creatures? This is just marvelous!
Rene :D

Cordine said...

gorgeous card!
Hugs
Cordine

Cricket said...

Awesome card! Don't you just love that Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge. It has everything.

Mels Miniatures said...

Gorgeous card Ronda! What do you do with all these challenge cards? You must have a huge collection! :)

Pat said...

Yikes Rhonda!! This is the most amaaaaaazing card!! I love each and every delightful element! The gauze is perfect...and I love your coloring and the waves!!! Absolutely stunning!! Thanks so much for joining us for this month's inspiration challenge at magnolia-licious. Hugs. Pat Frank

cabio's craft corner said...

This card is so very cool Rhona. Beautiful and lovely dimension of this step card. Thank you so much for joining us at Magnolia-licious Challenge :o)
Hugs,
Cabio

Norma said...

Ronda, wow wow wow, this is fabulous. I love everything on it. Amazing attention to details. Beautiful colouring of this adorable Pirate Tilda and the netting is brilliant. You did a terrific job in putting this card together. I love it!!!
Thanks for coming over to play with us at the Magnolia-licious Challenge.
hugs,
Norma

Cindy Lyles said...

OMW Rhonda this is amazing - so many wonderful details!!!!! xoxoxo Cindy

Margaret said...

What a wonderful male card so much detail.
Hugs
Margaret M

Tracy V. said...

Gorgeous stair step card! I just love all the little details you put in it! Thanks for playing along with us at the Magnolia-licious Challenge blog! Hope you join us this week for B&W or Monochromatic!!
Tracy V

Pam Sparks said...

Fabulous Rhonda! Love all the details! Awesome hot days of summer creating! So glad you linked up to the All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge! Thanks for playing!