I have a really special card I would like to share tonight. Sparkle N Sprinkle asked me to be a guest designer again and let me play with some new sets they have just released. The set I used is Summer Swirl (431). What a great set! Not only does it have some beautiful images, but it also has a variety of wonderful sentiments.
For this card I started with a cream base. For the next layer I used a lighter blue cardstock and sponged the edges with some aqua ink. Then I stamped the Wave [3490-431G] with Versamark ink on the bottom half and embossed it using Sparkle Embossing Powder [EP107]. I had some dark aqua cardstock and I sprayed it with Splash Smooch Spritz [spritz4], then used part of it for a small border around a rectangle of decorative cardstock and layered this on the top half of the card.
For the main image I used Seashore Squares [3485-431N] and stamped them with a glue pad onto Clear Embossable Acetate . Before stamping I brushed the area with the Static Free anti-static pouch. I added Poolside Embossing Powder [EP393]. After heating this, I used some permanent markers on the back to add a little bit of color to the shells and then I sponged the back with the glue pad and added Hit the Beach Embossing Powder [EP394]. After heating this powder, I use 1/4" Double Sided "Tear-ific" Tape [SAT01] to create a border around the four images and added Log Cabin Embossing Powder [EP397]. This was the perfect color to enhance the Pool color of the images. I trimmed off the excess acetate and added a small square of white cardstock behind the images to bring out the color even more. I layered this on top of a light blue scalloped square and then onto a square of the spritzed dark aqua. After running a strip of rick rack ribbon across the card, I added my image with foam tape.
I stamped the Count the Waves [3493-431A] sentiment with aqua ink on the light blue cardstock. I cut it out with a die cut and sponged the aqua ink around the edges. I mounted it with foam tape on top of a small rectangle of the decorative cardstock that had been punched with a corner/border punch. This was layered on another punched rectangle of the dark aqua, creating a shadow look that makes it stand out more, then tucked just under the main image.
For the final touches I added three jewels at the bottom right side of the card and two seahorses on the top right side. The seahorses are from a die cut of cream cardstock. I sponged the edges with the aqua ink, then stamped and embossed part of the Wave [3490-431G] stamp, using Versamark Ink and Hit the Beach Embossing Powder [EP394]. I used a Sakura Glue Pen  around the edges and added more Beach Embossing Powder. What started as a plain diecut became a very elegant embellishment.
Keep checking back for more cards using the Summer Swirl Set [00-431P4] along with cards from a second new set, Bird Swirl [00-432P4].
This card was entered in the following challenges:
Delightful Challenges – Sun, Sea, and Sand
Sketch Saturday Challenge #150 – Sketch
Catch The Bug Challenge – Four or More Layers
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #50 – Treasured Memories (plus a sentiment)
Totally Stampalicious Challenge – Anything Goes