Friday, 29 July 2011

Summer by the Sea Happy Birthday

It seems so wrong making this sunny card today, as it's grey and cloudy outside with the odd drop of rain, but hey ho, it got done anyway!

I will be entering it into the Stampin Royalty Challenge where their theme is Summer, and Pals Paper Arts where its paper piercing.

So this is what I came up with and how I made it.

I started with a cream card from my stash and rounded the corners. Then I used the BS and labels nestabilities ( where would I be without them??) to cut some watercolour paper and some blue card from my stash and layered one on the other. I stamped the little boy slightly off center and towards the bottom of the watercolour paper in black Archival ink, and did it again on a Post it. I placed the Post it image over the main one and coloured the area of sand with Apricot Appeal and an aqua painter. I continued to paint the sea with a blend of Bashful Blue,Tempting Turquoise, and a dark blue watercolour pencil, stopping at the horizon line in dark blue.

The sky was sponged with BBlue around a scallop circle to leave the cloud shapes.

After removing the Post it I coloured the little boy in YO Yo Yellow, TTurquoise, and a brown pencil.

I used a white snow marker to make foam at the waters edge, and as breaking waves in the sea ( I hope you can see this by the boys arm and hand. It is formed by heating the white liquid with a heat gun to make it puff up.)

Out came my BS again, and I cut a Real Red scalloped circle and a Sizzix AAppeal sandcastle.

The scallop circle was folded in half and then folded again one scallop each side of the first fold, so that the two scallops could be folded in on themselves, and glued together to create the curved shape of the umbrella.                               Then I pierced each segment with a pricking tool, and drew the seams in with a red pen.                   The umbrella pole is a cotton bud with the fluffy ends removed, and is secured under the canopy with 3D pads to give some dimension.
I drew the lines on the sandcastle with a brown pencil where the detail is, and softened them with my aqua painter, and then stuck it down with  3D pads to make it more dimensional.   

I had great fun experimenting to make some seaweed, I tried punched card shapes and shapeabilities, but I ended up keeping the green ribbon that I had melted with my heat gun. I stuck this down at the bottom of the umbrella with double sided tape and 3D pads.


The finishing touches are the pierced holes at the top corners of the cream card, a TTurquoise  stamped Woodware sentiment, and 3 silver shells ( from a string of shells which I bought in a pound shop years ago ) that were coloured blue with a Peel Off felt tip pen.

Well I think that covers it all, I hope you like it.

Tomorrow Monty is having a play day!!! My sister is dropping off her 2 dogs ( a black Lab named Duff , and a Lurcher called Jasper ), while her brood all go to the Welland Steam Rally. Nana and Grandad are going to show Nathan all the machines,tractors and fairground rides, but there is so much walking on uneven ground I wouldn't be able to cope so I'm staying at home. If I have any house left and the strength to turn the laptop on, I may be back in a day or two!!!

Sorry this post is so long, but thanks for stopping by.


  1. Great card, very nicely done, love all your details and coloring (not one of my strong suits). Good luck on the challenge.

  2. Wow Bev you never fail to amaze me your creations are gorgeous you always deliver:) Sandra H

  3. This is just pure summer Bev - you're making me want to get to a beach! Vx

  4. Beautiful colouring, and such a perfect Summer time card. Thanks for joining us this week at Stampin' Royalty

  5. Very cute card. Love all of the detail. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.


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