Saturday, 2 July 2016

Two Beach Cards

It's the beginning of July and that means summer holidays, beaches, sand, and sunshine.  I'm fortunate enough to live in Vancouver, Canada within a 10 minute drive of our local beaches.

Today over at SCS, the Free for All challenge is to create a beach-themed card.  And the Mixability challenge is to use a favourite phrase or sentiment on a mixed media card.  I combined the two challenges and created this card:

I used a piece of fine grit sandpaper for the sand on the beach. I stamped my sentiment (isn't it a great one!?) on top of it and heat embossed it to make it stand out more.

The water is done with a piece of blue wavy dp. I inked up a text stamp with gesso and wiped a bit of it off so that it stamped randomly on the blue dp. I tore the bottom edge of it to create the waves lapping on the sand. To make some whitecaps and the froth of the waves reaching the sand, I used some watered down white acrylic paint.

I die cut a bunch of small shells and sponged them with various Distress inks. I added a sponged die cut seagull to the top edge.

A few weeks ago I made a similar card that I never got around to posting.  It's a great companion to the card above, but uses different shell dies, bister for the water, and the sentiment stamped on the water instead of the sand.  Here it is:

The sea was made by tearing one edge of a piece of coated cs and then sprinkling with blue bister and spritzing. Once dry, I stamped a few bits of text by inking up the text stamp with white gesso (it's hard to see but it is there - upper right and lower left) and stamped the sentiment with archival ink.

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

Supplies for the first card:
Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment, Stampers Anonymous text stamp
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, various Distress Inks
Paper - white cs, sandpaper, Paper Studio dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Impression Obsession bird die, Memory Box shell dies, white acrylic paint, white gesso, clear embossing paste 

Supplies for the second card:
Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment, unknown text stamp 
Ink - Archival Jet Black, various Distress inks 
Paper - white cs, coated cs, sandpaper 
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - blue bister, white gesso, Elizabeth Craft Designs shell dies, fun foam    


  1. Both of these are AWESOME, Susan! I love the look of the sentiment on the water, the sandpaper and that fabulous sentiment!

  2. Two beautiful cards Susan. LOVE the sand paper, it's perfect! And LOVE your gesso stamped background with bird, and your gesso on bister. Both are so creative. xx

  3. What fun and creative cards! Such great looks for the sand & water.

  4. What fun and creative cards! Such great looks for the sand & water.


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