I loved making this Bon Voyage step card. I visualized the whole thing before even beginning. The steps really lend themselves to the different levels for the waves. But the star of the show is that huge cruise ship in the back.
Finished card size is 4-1/2"x6". Two back steps are covered in water paper. Love this paper; it's so realistic. All cuts on the card are done with Life Is A Beach cart.
The ship was cut twice, once in blue vellum for porthole windows, once in pearl white (Gemstones) for top deck. The hull of the ship was cut from thick "aluminum" CS. This stuff is amazing. I use it for a lot of cuts that need to look like steel or metal. It looks and feels like brushed aluminum.
Ship 2-1/2, palm trees 3-1/2. For "Bon Voyage" I cut the phrase and then snipped off the attached ship that goes with it. The remaining words happened to fit exactly within my one-inch beach front.
Sometimes in cardmaking I am amazed to discover little things that can only be described as "meant to be". An example of this is the length of the waves.
I was expecting to have to use my Gypsy and resize the wave lengths to make them fit my 4-inch side steps. I did a test cut (as always) and found that they were the perfect length!
Also, something funny happened. Funny-strange, not funny-haha. When I tapped "cut" on the Gypsy, the waves came out as a silhouette. Not sure how that happened but I like the variety of waves. The closeup pics above and at right illustrate what I mean.
The waves closest to the ship are layered to look more realistic, using pop dots to separate them. I also did a lot of sponge painting over and around the waves to make these pieces blend into the picture more.
I prepared a personal message and attached it to the back of the card. You know, I think I might make one or two more of these to have on hand. Surprisingly, it didn't take that long to make and I think the result was pretty showy. The recipients loved it!
Added Note: As soon as I published this blog and went back to check on it, Google had placed a cruise ad next to my entry. I thought that was pretty cute. It made my card that much more believable. Fun!