This one was inspired by this week's CAS-Tastic Wednesday challenge to use buttons. I decided to use a trio of buttons to make the bubbles coming from one of the fish's mouths.
I started by stamping dots on the orange strip that I used on the left side of the card to repeat the dot/circle element from the buttons. A strip of blue ribbon, embellished with a bow, runs along the edge of the orange to separate it a little from the white space.
I stamped the trio of fish in a sort of triangle shape using orange ink. The "a warm hello" sentiment fit nicely into the arrangement. Once all of those elements were in place, I added the trio of tiny blue buttons using glue dots to secure them. I always have a hard time figuring out how to use the smallest of the buttons in those button packages, so it was nice to use some of them on this card.
Surf and Dots and Lines stamp sets, A Blanc Check and Orange Your Fabulous cardstock, Simply Blue-tiful buttons (Clear & Simple Stamps); Only Orange Classic ink (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores ink, Hawaiian Shores grosgrain ribbon, twine (Papertrey Ink)
This one is made based on this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge to use a masked background. For the most part, I tend to lean towards clean and simple cards, but one layer cards are a challenge for me, so I'm trying to stretch myself here just a bit.
I used a circle mask to create the circle on my cardfront. It was filled in with a sponge and some soft blue ink. The fish and bubble images from the Surf set are stamped inside the circle.
I stamped the sentiment overlapping the edge of the circle just a little in a slightly darker shade of blue. I went back and added just a teeny, tiny touch of glitter to each bubble to add some interest without adding dimension or layers.
Surf stamp set (Clear & Simple Stamps); Cool Caribbean and Only Orange Classic inks, Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!); Hawaiian Shores ink (Papertrey Ink)
And, while I'm on the subject of clean and simple summery cards, I have another one that's featured exclusively on the CSS iPhone app today--be sure to stop by and check it out! After you download the app, you'll find a fabulous new CSS project at your fingertips each and every day.