This delightful card idea was CASED from Debbie Henderson and you can see her original card and directions here. Note: When stamping your sea plants and inside sentiment, check the placement of your circle cuts first, as I had to re-do mine because they showed in the center circle when the card was closed. Using your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is really helpful so you can be sure the plants look just right. Also measure from the top center (2 1/8") to the side center (2 3/4") when making your cut on the first flap. Don't cut from the side center to the top fold as I first did. Her directions tell you to cut from the fold line to the side center, but that is an error.
A delightful bonus was that the back of the DSP had a pattern that I thought looked like sand dollars, so I left that visible when the card was fully opened.
I used the Gold Wink of Stella to color in my sea plants and I think the look is fabulous! It's a kind of greenish gold with the DSP background. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and punched out with the matching Duet Banner Punch.
I sponged the edges of the torn cardstock for the sand and did a little extra tapping of ink with the sponge on the front to give it more texture. I believe I added this texture after I photographed it. Don't glue the top of the torn edges down so you can slip in your shells and starfish. I also added a little shimmer to the starfish, shells and fish fins with Clear Wink of Stella.
I am so thrilled with how this card turned out! It takes a little extra love and some fussy cutting, but for a special recipient, it is well worth it! This one went to my niece for her birthday. I hope you enjoy it and will try to make one of your own. Please leave me a comment below.
Note: Words in bold are Stampin' Up! supplies used.