Distressed Day at the Beach

This card ended up going a totally different direction than where I started from!  I wanted to do a beach scene card for the Summer challenge at The Paper Players.  My usual clean designs quickly turned into a distressed card full of texture.  My card is loosely based on the sketch at Unscripted Challenges.  Here is the original sketch-

 You will have to look closely to see where I followed the sketch!  For starters, I flipped the sketch.  Then I stitched in the lines for the pattern.  My stitched lines seem to blend with my background paper in the photo.  Hopefully you can see the pattern is actually there.  I did start this sketch with nice neat pieces of pattern paper............then I decided to add in a little burlap.............which turned into a lot of burlap!  My theme started with the Summer Challenge at The Paper Players-

All supplies by Close To My Heart,except where noted:

C1499 Perfect Day
X5920 Indian Corn Blue Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock-SU
Retired Earth Tones
Retired Chalks
Rich Cocoa Ink by Memento
Z1296 Distressing Inks
Z2197 Edge Distresser
Generic Embroidery Thread

I have also entered this card in the texture challenge at Victorine Originals.

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  1. The burlap is such a great touch. Brings me instantly to the beach. Thank you for joining us at Unscripted Sketches! :)

  2. I LOVE burlap!!! Great job incorporating it into your card.I Love all your artwork!!!

  3. I would have never thought to use the burlap on a card. This is so unique and unexpected. Great card! You always inspire me.

  4. I have fallen in love with burlap! I love the texture....granted I normally use it in smaller doses! I like to pull out the individual strands and use for tying bows as well....so much more texture than regular twine.

  5. Wowzers! This is fabulous! The frayed/distressed burlap absolutely rocks that great beach scene! Thanks for sharing your card with us this week at Unscripted Sketches :)

  6. Allisa, you might have been planning a clean and simple, but the burlap and distressing are just so perfect for your focal image. Fabulous card. So glad you were able to join us again this week at the Paper Players

  7. Just gorgeous, Allisa! Such a beautiful image and the burlap is the perfect touch. Makes me want to head to the beach! Thanks so much for joining us this week over at the Paper Players! :)

  8. Holy guacamole! This is superb! That is it...you are an amazing card maker! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players.

  9. I LOVE the burlap accents. And the image is awesome. Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches.

  10. I love the texture of your burlap frame ... so perfect for your beachy image ... so glad you joined us at Unscripted Sketches.

  11. I love all the details...the burlap is a great touch!
    Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!


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