Practicing Creativity

Vera Lane Seagulls Encouragement Card

Vera Lane Seagulls digital stamps featured on an encouragement card, colored with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils, by Paperesse.

As I mentioned in my last post I have some new Vera Lane digis to play with and this is the first card I'm posting with them. I have a family member who's a bit down in this moment and thought I'd do something to let her know I'm thinking of her and perhaps cheer her up, hence this humorous card featuring Vera Lane's Seagulls digis and sentiment. I used the PNG versions and layered these four digis. I masked the lines around the bottom of the wooden post so it wouldn't look as if it was in water and drew a line behind the images to ground them with a Unipin .05 black fine line pen.

The paper is from a new Craft ID As Free as the Ocean paper pad I picked up at our local grocery store. You wouldn't think you'd find such nice paper in a grocery store, but they surprise me sometimes. This is a small pad measuring 11.5cm x 16.5cm, but by layering the papers just right I was able to make them work on this 15cm square card. This is the fourth time I've used one of these starfish embellishments (here are #1 a Pisces birthday card, #2 a summer penguin birthday card, and #3 a Merry Fishmas card). I wouldn't have thought it when I bought them, but they've worked out quite well. I'm getting low, I may have to start rationing. 

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Craft ID As Free as the Ocean paper pad
Digital stamp and sentiment  – Vera Lane Studio Seagulls
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – starfish
Caran d'Ache Luminance 901 pencils
Art-n-Fly white pen
Unipin .05 black fine line pen

I'm linking up with the following challenges: Daring Cardmakers 26/04 – Something Old, Something New (old – dies, starfish/new – paper, digis), Alphabet Challenge 19/04 – B is for Birds, Polkadoodles Wk 17 – ATG, Crafting Happiness #172 – Way Up High, Allsorts Week 778 – ATG, Gem of a Challenge Wk 8 – ATG, and Sweet Stampin' 27/04 – Animals.


  1. What a fun image and sentiment! So sweet for an encouragement card. Love those papers and pretty blues. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at Allsorts.

  2. Such fun, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  3. Such a fantastic card! So much fun and the papers are perfect!

  4. Fun and wonderful card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  5. What a great card Shani, I love the layer, papers and colours, and those seagulls are so fun and that sentiment, well, I have that on a metal plaque by my favourite nautical things on my stand in the fun..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. LOVE this card so much, so funny and such a great choice of papers, excellent coloring, really brought a smile to my face! Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge!

  7. Love this design with the cheeky seagulls. A great card and thankyou for making us amile at Allsorts. Sarah

  8. that should be *smile*!!

  9. You've created such a wonderful card, I love the fun seagull image with the fun sentiment. I certainly hope that this fun gang will be able to cheer up your friend. Your colouring is beautiful, and I like how you managed to embed the image on so many layers of different design papers - so many different patterns and shades that come together in this maritime scenery. Thanks for joining the Alphabet challenge.

    Hugs, Veronika

  10. Hihi, that's such a funny card! I also love the nautical theme. Thanks for sharing your card with the Daring Cardmakers this week.

  11. Baha! Those seagulls are fantastic!! They just seem especially endearing. And I can't believe you found that wonderful paper at the grocery store!!

  12. Now, these guys, I know and love and have in my collection. I love all your layers and those papers couldn't be more perfect. Can't wait to see what else you do.

  13. This is such a fun card! Awesome image and sentiment. Thanks for sharing your fabulous card with us at Sweet Stampin'. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT


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