Waterfront – Day Two

Yesterday I shared a square, mountain-filled card I made with Stampin’ Up!’s Waterfront stamp set – if you missed that post, you can see it here. With the introduction of my card yesterday, I asked if you would prefer to vacation at the beach or in the mountains. Did you respond with “beach!”? When my local club members met on Sunday, I asked them the same question before sharing these cards. They all answered with “beach” so we made this card:

Waterfront, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe layout and layers for this card are the same as the card I showed yesterday, but the images on the central panel are different. Here’s a look at yesterday’s mountain card:Waterfront, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

These cards are identical – with only changes to the Whisper White panel. What a difference a little ink and some different stamps can make!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • In the Middle. Like yesterday’s card, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Waterfront stamp set to create a beautiful scene – this time I created a little house on the ocean. The little beach juts out from the right, and the palm trees give a lovely tropical feel. I stamped my Fresh Fig house directly in the center of the Whisper White panel on the front of this card and balanced everything around it. Here’s a look at the Waterfront Stamp Set:
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    Waterfront, Stampin’ Up!

    I had less space to work with above this scene (compared to yesterday’s card), so I switched up the sentiment to this fun one. I adore both the images and sentiments in this set.

  • A Tip from Nancy. One of my newest club members, Nancy, made a rookie mistake. Scratch that. She made her card “special” by “purposefully” stamping the canopy of her palm tree upside down. With that one “purposeful” decision, Nancy dramatically changed the look and feel of her landscape. Instead of a peaceful beach scene, she’s conveyed the fear and panic of hurricane-level winds. 🙂 She asked that I share this tip with you – and I was happy to oblige her.Nancy's warning - make sure the palm tree is not upside down, Waterfront, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Fresh, Bright Colors. Yesterday’s card featured the purple mountains, blue water and yellow moon. Today’s beach-themed card features the same purple and blue – I only added some browns and exchanged the yellow for green. I love this combination of purple, blue and green (Fresh Fig, Pool Party and Old Olive). If you like it, too, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Fresh Fig, Pool Party, Old Olive

Stamp Sets: Waterfront  Papers: Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Fresh Fig, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Fresh Fig, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Which do you like best? Would you rather spend time in the mountains or in a cute cabin by the ocean? I’m excited for you to buy this set (from me, of course) and look forward to seeing what you make with it. <3

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  1. Beautiful scene . . . perfect choice for the background paper (good texture)!

    Love the stormy seas effect Nancy brings artistically!

  2. Friends DO make the good times better! 🙂 Another great card…as always, your layering is stunning Brian.

  3. Great cards!! Love the layering -as always!! Thanks for sharing Nancy’s boo-boo/brilliance! Your commentary of her card – ???

    • 🙂 I’m so glad you like it. She had fun with it, so I figured I should, too. 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Elisha! <3

  4. I always learn something when I read your blog. Now I know how to make storm beset palm trees! Yea! Great cards. I love this set, great images and even better sentiments.

    • Thanks, Dianne! If ever you have to make a storm card, here’s your inspiration. 🙂 This set is truly wonderful – I hate that it took me so long to ink it up! <3

  5. This stamp set is on it`s way to my house ! I always look at the versatility of the images before I buy and if i can use it all year round .
    Thank you ,Nancy …..after your example I began to see those palm leaves as SPIDERS for Halloween , Starburst in the sky for the 4th of July …..and on and on . I think Betsy Blossoms used on the 4th card was
    what attracted me to this blog a few years ago !!
    Oh and I liked your cards too ,Brian !! Love the colors …. GIGGLE !!

    • Thanks, Sonny, for your sweet comments and for your additional suggestions on how versatile this set can be! Love it! Spiders and fireworks – done! <3

  6. As soon as I saw this card I could hear Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers singing “islands in the sea, that is what we are” etc., etc. in my head (I may have gotten the lyrics kind of messed up there but you get my point).
    Thanks Betsy for an appropriate card after this year’s hurricane season! Thanks Sonny for enlightening me on other ways to use this stamp set and , most of all thank you Brian for this fabulous blog where ideas flow with creativity.

  7. Love the beach, I see clearly how a set of these cards would make a great gift! Love Nancy mistake/chance for new idea!

  8. Lovely lovely, ♥️
    And YES my they do ♥️♥️

  9. Fun cards! I love Nancy’s twist to illustrate a hurricane! LOL

  10. Brian both of these cards are beautiful. If I had to choose I would go with a vacation near the beach. If I had to choose a favorite between these two cards it would be the one with that Northern California feel, the rocks in the water. Guess I’m just weird like that, lol.

  11. Love the card! My mom lives near the beach, so it’s my getaway when AZ gets too hot.

  12. I am a beach girl and a purple girl! Love your island scene…would love to be there right now! Awesome card!

  13. I’ve been on the fence about this stamp set – no longer – you did it to me again. your stunning use of color, texture and layering is exquisite. and now I’m buying that stamp set. I cant wait to create. I hope mine look as good as yours!

  14. Way to go Nancy! Bring on the hurricane! Your card looked great!

  15. Beautiful scene with great colors but I will go to yesterday’s rocked-lined beach, OK?

  16. I could use a little beach time! Love these cards…..and Nancy’s tip is fun!

  17. Jennifer Spiller

    I really just want to hop into your card and lay on that beautiful beach. Soak up some sun and chill. That is until Nancy’s Hurricane winds hit. Then I’m heading to the mountains in yesterdays card. To soak up there purple majesty. …Both cards are beautiful! ?

  18. Just gorgeous! I’ve resisted this set, but I feel my resolve weakening!
    I really love the beach, but ideally in the early fall when it isn’t crowded but still warm enough to enjoy it. The mountains are great in the summer, when they’re lush and green and cool, and in the fall when the leaves change they are a sight to behold. The beauty of NC is that I can enjoy both!

    • NC is similar to GA – I love that we can have the best of both worlds. Thanks for your sweet comments, Nina! So glad you like these cards. <3

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