I painted a blue and tan background on the original photo to create a water & sand look. I also sprayed some gold and red glitter mist to add some shine and dimension. Next I inked the background French script paper in blue on the top part and some desert sand on the bottom third. I adhered the background paper and waves to the original photo. At first I started laying the sea life down and then I thought, I need to just glue them as I go since I wanted it to have a layered look without actually having any 3D elements. So, I glued the letters and then just started building. I love how this turned out. It's so much fun. I'm not sure if the photos do it justice, but I used my Stampin' Up markers to make bubbles and to embellish the sea life. I just kept going and going and adding and adding until I felt it was just right.
Do you remember how it started? It went from this:
And then this:
I sanded and then painted the frame a combination of two bottles of pink acrylic paint and then used some crackle finish with white to finish the look. I really thought, I'd keep the pink frame, but because I didn't have a full coverage on the frame (I didn't have a whole lot of paint between the two bottles), it didn't look right.
Let's see...products used...I used an assortment of different paper from my stash. I tried to use as many scraps as possible. I used stickles for a little bling; my white pen to accent a lot; acrylic paint from my stash; gold and red glitter mist; and the cricut machine.
Cricut cartridges used:
Life's A Beach for pretty much everything
Total cost for this project = $0
Everything came from my stash! Not bad for a customized baby gift.
This is going to my friend's daughter and son-in-law (Nia and Leo).