CTMH Swirly Seashells on Watercolor

Gold embossed CTMH Swirly Seashells on a handpainted, watercolor background | CAS cards ideas

Summer is supposed to be lazy and peaceful…but somehow with around 4 weeks before I head back to work, I’m frantic that I will not finish all the things I want to get done!  I need to STOP and enjoy the beauty that is all around…and this super CAS (clean and simple!) card reminds me to do just that.  What’s even nicer is that this card took less than 5 minutes to create and that includes the embossing time – but perhaps not the drying time!  Who doesn’t like a quick but great looking card?

I was inspired by a few cards I saw on my Facebook thread this week … in fact, I couldn’t wait to try out the idea of painting a background and leaving the focal image uncolored.  CTMH’s Swirly Seashells seemed like a great choice, especially since I normally love to watercolor the shells like my card here.  It is retiring July 31st and I’ll be sad to see it go.  It’s one of my favorite sets.

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This card is super easy to recreate.  In fact, you don’t even need to use watercolor paper!  I used CTMH’s Colonial White (which is retiring at the end of the month so stock up on this beautifully, creamy paper!) cardstock.  I found that for this quick and easy watercoloring, a brush worked best.  I did not prewet the area.  I just wet my brush nicely and then picked up lots of color.  You may even want to layer it a few times to get the saturation you are looking for.  Then I just laid it in a napkin and stuck it under a pile of heavy books!  The seashell is gold embossed and was easy to cut with the thin cuts die.  Remember, this set retires soon too!  My sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included in the CTMH Cricut bundles called Flower Market.  I get it as a digital download (saves me money!) and as a hostess half priced item.  woohoo!

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