By The Sea

By The Sea

Hi Creative Friends,

Over the next several days our website will be filled with brand new Simply Graphic products. The very talented Heather Telford will be starting the parade of wonderful stamps and dies with two awesome card designs. Each of the designs today features a By-The-Sea theme, perfect for the upcoming summer!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful designs Heather is sharing with us today. Then, if you want to see more wonderful projects, pop over to her blog!


Hello my creative friends,

Some of you might be lucky enough to often see scenes like those on today’s cards. These cards feature seaside scenes from the Simply Graphic set ‘Bord de Mer’ (By The Sea). There are four square stamps just under two inches wide. I have used two of them on separate cards.

To create my background, I smooshed Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Fossilized Amber distress ink on a glass mat, spritzed the inks with water then swiped my hot pressed watercolor panel through the ink. I tilted the panel and spritzed extra water where needed to move the inks but took care to keep the yellow from the blues. When the coverage was close to what I wanted I added a little tea dye ink just on one corner.  For the second panel, I used salty ocean, broken china and peacock feathers distress inks once again smooshed on the glass mat. I covered the whole panel this time then dabbed ink off the top of the panel with a kleenex to suggest clouds.

To coordinate with the ocean color I stamped the little scenes in paradise Versafine Clair ink on hot pressed watercolor paper. I used Versafine Clair because it does a great job on fine outline stamps but an archival or a dye ink would work as well. I wanted the ink to match the ocean tones which paradise did. I cut the little images out by hand as the border is not made up of straight lines. They were popped up on a couple of pieces of cardstock and the cards were finished with sentiments from the ‘English sentiments’ set also from Simply Graphic.

Making watercolor backgrounds for beach-related stamps is quite fun as the smooshing and spritzing does most of the work for you!


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