Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thinking of you... soft shells

 I love creating Hybrid cards in My Digital Studio.  It is so easy to make multiples.  I wanted to make a card using the shells from the By the seashore set.  I think this set is so soft and pretty.  I loved that it was released digitally because I thought it would make great cards but also be nice on some scrapbook pages. And, its only $3.95 digitally, so it was really a no brainer :)

The first thing I did was print out a bunch of stamps.  I opened an 8 1/2 by 11 page, and added several of  each shell to my page.  I colored them all in crumb cake.  I then printed out the sheet onto Watercolor paper because I wanted to add some subtle colors to the shells, which I admit are so subtle that you can hardly see them in the photo, but in real life you can.

I decided that while I was at it I would also use MDS to make the base layer.  For this I opened a horizontal 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 greeting card. I wanted to have a brushstroke looking image behind the shells, so I did a search through my stamps and choose two I thought worked nicely.  I added them to my card and colored them Crumb Cake.  Next I added a "splatter' stamp and colored it in Baked Brown Sugar.  The final stamp was my sentiment.   With MDS you will see at the bottom that all four sides to you card can be designed, but I only wanted the card front, so I left the others blank.  When printing you can tell the software that you are printing all fronts.  Here is what that looks like...

When you select "Print", a new box will open up.  Here is where you select how you want to print the page.  Notice at the bottom where I placed a red arrow that there are four options?  The first option is what is shown in the print box, basically half sheet folded in half. 

   The second option is a full sheet, folded in half, then half again.  You could use this is you designed all four sides. 

Here is the third option, two cards on one sheet, each fold in half.

Finally we come to the fourth option, and the one I choose, 4 card fronts. 

I cut them slightly smaller at 51/4 by 4 so that I could attach them to a brushed gold base layer. 

I added a layer of looped gold bakers twine behind the shells.  I do this by just adding a glue dot, making a loop, and sticking it back down in the glue dot.  I usually add another glue dot for good measure.

 I attached the shells with some dimensionals.  What do you think? pretty?  and Easy!  The hardest part is cutting out the shells, and really that's easy and I don't mind fussy cutting anyway. 
I hope that you will try our some MDS Hybrid cards!!

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 Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. Love this card Beth!!! Darling idea for a hybrid card, and so well made.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'm so glad I found your site. I've learned and am learning SO much about MDS through your projects and sharing. You're the best! :-)

  3. I love you work with MDS. For this card could you share the downloads you used for brushstrokes. Also did you have to resize the shell images - when I bring mine into my layout they are huge?

    1. Hi Marjorie,
      I used brush strokes from snowy soiree and be yourself, there are others that would work or you could use the free form tool to draw your own. I did resize the shells, the star fish is just under 2 inches in height, the other shell is 1 inch in height.
      glad you like them!

    2. Thanks so much for the information Beth. I have the Be Yourself download and will have a look at Snowy Soiree - I am kind of surprised that I don't have it. I may even do the shells in MDS (possibly even import them to my ecutter) and then do the rest of the card with stamps. I think the Work of Art set will work really well. You said you put the watercolour paper through your printer. My printers won't take the SU paper. Is that what you used? Have a great day.