Summer Ease

Summer Ease

Hi Everyone,

We have two very special treats for you today. First, the very talented Heather Telford is sharing a summer-y card design that makes you want to wiggle your toes in the sand and bask in the sun! She created it using the charming new stamp, At Ease by Penny Black.

Then, to celebrate summer (before it’s over for another year) Heather and The Foiled Fox are hosted a Summer Giveaway. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and let us know what is your favorite summer activity!


Hi, my creative friends,

Are you ready for another summer scene? I don’t know about you but I hold onto my summer as long as possible so a sweet little beach scene is totally acceptable right now! I was delighted when I saw the Penny Black ‘at ease’ set featuring two beach huts. I’ve used just one and some distress inks to create a clean and simple watercolour card.

I stamped the hut with Papertrey Ink soft stone ink which I choose for no-line watercolor these days. I kept the stamp in the positioner and added other inks over the top of the soft stone as I progressed. I used a salty ocean for the wooden siding of the hut, blending from dark to light on each board. I inked the wood around the door, window, steps, and railing with Rusty Hinge then painted over them with a brush. Keeping the color palette limited I also stamped and painted the roof with Rusty Hinge. Any detail lost when blending I was able to add back by either restamping or using the bullet tip of a marker. I decided to keep the door and shutters white except for the rusty hinge lines.

I added dark blue to the mix by stamping the fish with chipped sapphire ink. To complete a simple background I masked the hut with a few post-it notes then tore an edge on a post-it so I could blend some scattered straw ink as sand and salty ocean ink as sky.

When I stamped the sentiment from the PB ‘enliven’ set I used both spiced marmalade and vintage photo archival inks to get the rusty color I wanted. I trimmed the panel and popped it up on a couple of layers of cardstock to give the appearance of a ‘shadow frame’.

I hope you do have a great day wherever you might be!


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20 thoughts on “Summer Ease

  1. I love to ride my bike for miles and miles. We have so many biking trails that go way back into the Alaska wilderness that it’s never the same each time I ride somewhere!

  2. Love this beach hut; I enjoy all of Heather’s artistic stamping/blending. My favorite summer activity is early morning walks while the birds are singing and before it gets hot.

  3. My favorite summer acitivity is taking time to visit friends who live a few hours away and spending time at the beach

  4. Love this fun card Heather!! Being an Aussie living in Qld, I just love walking along the beach paddling along the waters edge. I never get tired of looking out over the water and finding various shells and other things washed up on the beach. I love your wonderful inpsiration! Stay safe! 🙂

  5. Unfortunately we are not near a beach. BUT I love to walk on the beach when there, feeling the cool breeze and hearing the waves! So calming and relaxing. Enjoy all your cards, watching the videos and seeing your talented artist showcase their cards. Always inspiring!

  6. Such a pretty, summery card, Heather! I love everything about summer, especially the long days. They give us enough energy to do all the great things, summer has to offer. As a kid my favourite was to swim in the lake, now it’s a tie between biking, hiking and admiring gardens in our neighborhood (including our garden).

  7. Beautiful beach hut . My favoriete summer activity is going to the beach with my 2 years old grandson. And just look at him how he looks to that big sea, and all that sand .

  8. I love your vision and how your card turned out Heather. I sure wouldn’t mind a vacation in your pretty hut too! My favorite activity in the summertime is crafting along with some beautiful sky photography. Living in Florida, our summers are extra long and hot so it gives me extra crafting time. The other seasons allow us to get out and about without the heat.
    On a side note, I want to thank everyone at Foiled Fox. For your beautiful inspiration on the blog and for outstanding customer service. You’ve become my go to for shopping as much as possible. 😊❤️

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