I've got Crabs ;)

OK get your mind out of the gutter LOL Not those crabs.

I just got Crab & Company set from the SU Spring mini and I'm in LOVE! I think they are going to be my new froggies (and I LOVE my froggies, if anyone knows where I can get a teenie tiny fly stamp, please LMK! I've been looking everywhere!) But I digress *grin*

I just made 2 cards in the past couple of days both using Crab & Co. which was quite the feat considering I still can't sit comfortably in a regular chair.

The first one was a 3 day card! First I stamped the crab and then I masked him. I sketched the shoreline as well as the horizon, then I watercolored the whole thing. Then I added the waves and seagulls with a Zig pen. I took some Liquid Appliqué and went over the waves and the shoreline for the whole "crashing waves" effect. So one day to let that dry and then I puffed it with my heat gun. Then I added the Crystal Effects to the crab. I LOVE this look, it really adds a lot to the card. One more day for that to dry. Then I stamped and watercolored the "extras" (the starfish, shells, gifts) and added some stickles to them for some sparkle. Then after all that was dry and carefully cut out, I assembled the whole thing. Between my hip and all the steps, it took 3 whole days to make this card LOL.

The next card was heavily inspired by Kyla at Sweetwater Designs I just love her work! I stamped the crab and then watercolored him with Pumpkin Pie. Then I stamped him again on a scrap piece of paper and watercolored him with Apricot Appeal, then I cut out the claws and head. I popped them up on pop dots. I was trying to make the side panel look kinda like Mother of Pearl, of course I didn't find the MOP tutorial until AFTER I made this, but I was close :)

I did the polished stone technique without the metallic ink and then I stippled some Lumière that was mixed with a bit of turquoise Pearl Ex over it to give it that shimmer. It's a neat look even if it wasn't exactly what I was going for :)

This is one idea for the Shoebox swap card. I think I'd have the side panels premade and then let everyone do the stamping and coloring.


Sharon Jacobs said...

You had me worried for a moment....just kidding.
Both of the cards are adorable.
Your creativity is inspiring.

Marie said...

Cards like these are going to send me to the poor house!! I don't have this stamp set yet, but your cards are so cute, I want it!!! :) TFS

Danita said...

Ooooh, Laura, love these cards! Love this set! :) Can't wait to see whatcha bring to the swap!

Juanita said...

Fabulous work!! TFS

Jeans inky hugs said...

I'd love to see your Crabs....

Creations, but they are not showing up today for some reason..

Maybe they are being crabby today.

Glad to see you're up and about these days!

Allison said...

Hilarious...but whoa, that post title! Great job esp. on the watercolors!

Kim Ross said...

LOVE the dimensional effect in the ocean on the top card. Gorgeous!

stampkin2000 said...

Glad to see you are back! Both cards are wonderful!

Erin K said...

These are adorable! I love your whole blog. :)

Jeanine Eckert said...

I thought I had already commented on this card, but I guess not. I just adore what you did with it. The colors are amazing!

Heidi said...

These are just too cute! I love how you did the waves! Awesome coloring!

GinaP said...

OHMIGOSH, this is SOOOOOOO cute!! Your eye for color is amazing!!

Great job!!

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