Monday 26 May 2014

Seaside card

Hi Everyone, Brenda here with a card using the new Tim Holtz Nautical Blueprint stamps - if you love seaside themes these could be a great addition to your supplies.

I started by creating a background using distress inks and the wrinkle free technique which gave me a lovely mottled watery look.

I then put the card through the bubble embossing folder but I only embossed the sides one at a time rather than the whole card in the EF.

I stamped the dollar urchin and used some distress embossing powders and then touches of distress paints and distress inks to achieve the textured colourful look.

I also stamped and painted the conch shell, again using distress inks and paints, but because the colour was too strong for the look I wanted I over-painted with white linen ink.

So I began to gather the bits together having a rough idea in my head how I wanted to lay the pieces out. I find I don't always use everything and I sometimes add other bits later on.

This is the backing mount with white text stamped with picket fence distress paint. 

I decided towards the end to add the letters to form the word sea using Tim's alpha parts painted with distress paints and rubbed back to give that distressed look. I also used the hashtags stamps on a cut off part of a tag.

Maybe you will find some time to have a play with stamps and inks this week, if you do have fun.

hugs Brenda xx



  1. Fabulous layout Brenda, the urchin is amazing, great textures. Nikki xx

  2. Your layers looked fantabulous when put together and thanks so much for showing how you achieved such a fab project

    Happy Bank Holiday Monday


  3. Stunning! The colours are even more striking over here, I love how you layered your elements, the composition is wonderful. I absolutely love this! Anne x

  4. Brilliant card Brenda! Love that bubble background and how you used the shells and embellishments. Beautifully put together, fabulous card!

  5. loving the natural elements that you have used, great background as well

  6. Fabulous card, love the colours and embellishments

  7. Beautifully put together, great layering and colours:-) x

  8. This is beautiful Brenda! Fab colours, gorgeous texturing, terrific composition, shabbily elegant and with a promise of the ocean. This would make a fab card for a guy too! Brill! Chris xxx

  9. Fabulous Brenda....when I see your making of, I'm itching to start...but unfortunately I've no time as I'm being hospitalized from tomorrow.
    xxx Margreet

  10. Love this to bits Brenda. That sand dollar is superb and looks so lifelike. Jenny x

  11. Such a beautiful and thoughtful card to give your friends and a great reminder of the fun you shared. I love the background and the partial embossing is so nice! Actually it is very hot here today and just looking at this card, gives a nice cool ocean breeze feel! Hugs!

  12. Absolutely love the embossed watery layer, and the white text in the background. And such fab texture on the sand dollar - lovely!
    Alison x

  13. Amazing, the colours are beautiful and the he sea urchin looks so realistic
    This could be a piece of jewellery so pretty

    Jools x