Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday With Curly

Hello friends!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!!  It’s really starting to feel like Summer now with the warmer temps!

Today is a new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we have our “Anything Goes” challenge with our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So of course, I am using a cute image from Whimsy Stamps for my card today:


Tee hee!  This little guy holding the tiny “sea creature” makes me smile and giggle!  I’m not really sure what reaction he has about it!  His name is just as cute too!  This is Curly from Whimsy Stamps.  I thought he needed a scene, so I made one for him.

I started with some Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and masked off the line between the sky and the sand.  I used my Distress Inks to blend in the colors.  After doing the sky, I thought that it was a bit too dark, so what I did was take a baby wipe and swiped it across which lightened up the colors the way I wanted them for the sky.  The bottom “sand” portion was also masked, and I blended the bottom blue color into the sandy colors which created a nice shoreline.  I then took a water bottle and spritzed some water droplets over it to create “texture” for the sand.  I also took some Copic markers to create more texture with the pointillism technique, plus added some white ones with a gel pen.  the water at the bottom was covered with a glitter pen.  (You can see better details in the photos/description below.)


So, I’ve got him all colored up in the following Copic markers:

  • Flippers/water gear – B32, B34, B37, Y11
  • Swim Trunks – R32, R35, R37, Y11, Y15
  • Sea Creature – BV23, BV29
  • Hair – E41, E43, E44, E47
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • I used gel pens to color lines on trunks and cheeks, I’ve used a glitter pen over the “sea creature” and his flippers along with the bottom water area.

I fussy cut this image and used some liquid glue to attach over my scene.


For the scene, I stamped the birds in the sky and a star fish image from an older Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set. I then took the sentiment from the WS Everyday Mini Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a black strip of cardstock and then used my scissors to cut out a banner to attach over the scene.  I layered this over another piece of black cardstock that was attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

Lastly, I’ve taken some WS It’s a Party enamel dots and added them to the card.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today! Thanks for stopping in!  I’ll be seeing you tomorrow for some fun news!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Men/Boys
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – World Ocean’s Day/Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun
  5. Always Fun – Summer Fun
  6. Unicorn – For the Men/Boys

28 thoughts on “Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday With Curly

  1. Oh how fun and sweet is this little guy! He’s on his way to ask his mom if he can keep that octopus as a pet….. I imagine it’s mommy is missing him/her! LOL Love your scene- pretty colors, and love the dots and starfish in the sand too!!! Adorable card!


  2. Vicki, you did a great job on Curly, I’m sure he appreciates all the work you put in! CarolG


  3. What a sensational background for this delightful little snorkeler!! So precious holding his prize catch!! Awesome work, Vicki!


  4. They just don’t get any cuter than this! Your coloring is sheer perfection – the beach looks simply amazing! What a fun card – how could anyone find this in their mailbox and not be happy dancin’ in front of all their neighbors???!!! Thanks for sharing!


  5. Ah! The inked scene is impressive, I can’t think of a more suitable or beautiful scene for this little fellow.


  6. Awww this is so cute Vicki!! I love that sweet little guy and the gorgeous beach scene you created, awesome card!
    Hugs, Tammy


  7. Gorgeous scene you created. I really like the sand and the addition of the bits of white. I would have never guessed he was fussy cut and placed on top.


  8. Hello my sweet friend! So lovely to see your gorgeous entry pop up at Sweet Stampin’! I just LOVE this darling creation hunny. LOVE your sweet image and the stunning ink work. Fantastic entry to our ‘Oceans of Fun’ challenge at Sweet Stampin’ this week. I hope you’ll come and play along again with us really soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo SS DT


  9. He is so cute…….and the sky , sun, and sand background you created for him are awesome. What a bright fun summer card, so glad it finally arrived!



  10. Hello… Thanks for sharing your card with us. It’s so lovely and fits perfectly with our ‘Men/Boys’ theme … beautiful colouring. It will certainly brighten someone’s day!
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]


  11. Your guy is amazing. I love the seaside scene, and your sand is a real mastery. Awesome inspiration, Vicki!


  12. Very cute card, love the background. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our “Men/Boys” challenge.


  13. Such a cute card and that beach scene if wonderful – great colouring – thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


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