A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday, 23 July 2018

Summertime = Beach Time

The new Addicted CAS Challenge is Summertime.

Living in Vancouver, Canada means I get to spend summer days at the beach - usually the off-leash beach at low tide when my dog, Tessa, can run over the sand, chasing balls to her heart's delight.  Here she is on quite a windy (but warm) day:

I'm sure the sentiment on this card is exactly how Tessa feels!

For the shells, I pulled some scraps of coated cs that had various colours of brushos on them - die cut the base of the shells from the more coloured parts and the top outline of the shells from mostly white sections. Some glue squished out while I was gluing the top outlines on the bases so I sprinkled glitter over them to soak up the excess glue.

The blue panel is on Yupo. I smooshed the Yupo into a mixture of blue acrylic paint that had been spritzed with water. I framed it for added interest and clustered the seashells at the bottom corners.

I stamped the sentiment with a Kaleidacolor ink pad.

Now I think Tessa and I need to head to the beach!!

Stamps - Technique Junkie sentiment
Ink - Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Paper - white cs, Yupo, coated cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Elizabeth Craft Designs seashell dies, brushos, MFT Pierced Square Frame die, blue acrylic paint, glitter


  1. How nice that you and Tessa live so close to the beach, Susan! Your watery background is so pretty and I love the sea shells! Fantastic idea to add glitter to the excess glue spots!

  2. Such a cool background... perfect as a water backdrop for those beautiful shells! Great sentiment. xx

  3. awesome effect with the yupo and acrylics, it reminds me of water over sand ripples. gorgeous card.

  4. This is a fabulous card. I love the way the acrylic paint works on the yupo. Love that you were able to use scraps of Brusho-ed (I just invented that word...) paper for your shells. I really LOVE that sentiment nas it looks so great stamped in Kaleidacolor inks. I am a beach person who has summers off. Every day I can, I go to the beach. I love your card. Thanks so much for playing with us at Addicted to CAS.

  5. Wow ....that smooshing of the acrylic paint looks great Susan. What a fabulous idea to use the leaked out glue and to pop glitter onto it ....love it x. Such wonderful times for you and Tessa on the beach and yes the sentiment is perfect x

  6. Lovely beach card Susan. The watery background is perfect for those pretty seashells. Love the pic of Tessa ... she looks a bit, ummm ... sandy??!! :) You picked a good day with hardly anyone there. :) xx


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