It's Monday and it is my first post as a Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team Member.
The FCCB Challenge this week is to make a project with a tree on it.
I am super anxious to share this first project with you.
Because I am going on vacation soon, a palm tree was the first tree that popped into my mind.
I had actually been working on this on and off for about a month. My plan was to send a quick card to my fellow vacationers but it just wasn't coming together like I wanted to and getting a little "overboard" for a quick card, if you know what I mean.
This challenge was the extra push I needed to get it done.
So not only did I make this for the challenge, but I made 8, yes 8 additional ones to mail to the 8 couples we are cruising with. I hope it gets them super excited about our tropical vacation.
I used one of my all time favorite carts, Life's a Beach for majority of the cuts. I also used SpongeBob Square Pants for the frame, Campout for the little sign, and Summer Vacation for the palm tree. The sentimental inside is my own printed from my computer.
I will do my best to explain how I did the whole project below. There are many layers and cutting/welding with the Gypsy/Cricut to get that dimensional, almost shadow box effect. You can see in the picture to the right, the many different layers.
The CCCC #9 Challenge is Life's a Beach so I am linking this over there as well since I am proud of how this turned out.
Here's how I did it...
Base card is a standard A2 size
Solid paper is all Bazzill
Red dot paper for the the ship is Bo Bunny
All other paper from my scrap stash
Bamboo frame cut 4.17"x5.09" 2 times from SpongeBob Squarepants cart, p.57(each of these will be glue to the top of a welded frame/wave section)
Dark blue waves from Life's a Beach, p. 45; 2 sections 2.16" x .82 each, welded together and then welded to the inside of a bamboo frame
Light blue waves from Life's a Beach, p. 45; 3 sections 1.81" x 1" each, welded together and then welded to the inside of a bamboo frame
Palm tree cut at 1.77"x4.31" from Summer Vacation in both green and brown
Cuttlebug distressed Stripes embossing folder on palm trees for texture
Sign/layers cut at 1.46"x1.94" from Campout Cartridge
Flower/layers cut at 1.25" from Life's a Beach, p.34
Dolphin cut at 1" from Life's a Beach, p.71
Ship/layers cut at 3.28"x1.82" from Life's a Beach, p.77
Now you have it all cut, time to layer it up..
I used some brown chalk for most layers and white chalk on the waves.
A bit of jute twine for around the frame corner
Doodles with my gel pen and lots of dimensional adhesive to get the 3-D effect.