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Jun 4, 2022

Life's Better with Sandy Feet (and how I made a seaside scene with 4 easy steps)

Hello and welcome! 

There is a new challenge starting today at Allsorts, our theme this time was chosen by Lorraine - Sun, Sea and/or Sand or Anything Goes. We would love for you to join in! As always we have a fabulous prize, this time there will be one winner who will receive a gorgeous summer themed stamps set and a stencil. Remember you may join in up to 3 times with a new creation for more chances to win!

And here is what I came up with:

I used some older stamps and products from my stash and created a seaside scene.

I really need to create seaside cards more often because each time I do, I struggle with how to start!! So this took me a couple of tries but I finally managed  and looking back it wasn't actually that hard. 

I'm writing down how I did this, so maybe next time I'll remember to check back here as I am sure I will once again forget!!!

  1. I started out with a piece of torn printer paper which I placed on the top portion of the card as a mask, then started inking the sand from the bottom of the card upwards. I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink. 
  2. Next I added the other part of the torn paper over what I  had just inked and removed the top part, and I used painter's tape where I wanted the horizon to be so there would be a (hopefully) straight crips line. I used Peacock Feathers Distress ink and Hero Arts Sea Glass ink for the water. (This ink was part of a Monthly stamp kit and I am not sure if it's still available, but this ink lot would be a good alternative or use any similar inks you have.)
  3. When this was done I moved the masking tape down a bit and inked up the sky. I used Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans Distress inks on the sky but I'm sure any blues will do here too.
  4. I always like using one of Stampin Up's Itty Bitty Background stamp on the sand, but the sandy texture can also be achieved by using a fine tipped marker or pencil in a similar color.    

I have the Hero Arts Layering Waves stamp set so I used one of the waves stamps to create some waves. The sentiment I stamped in the sand is also part of this stamp set. The birds, beach ball and starfish are part of the Hero Arts stamp set Layering Sea and Sky, stamped with Versafine Onyx ink.

I'm sure many of you recognize the cute Penny Black hedgie - Lazy Days. He's been stamped on Bristol Vellum, colored with Zig Clean Color markers and some Distress inks, then fussy cut.

The anchor die is an oldie I have from my Design Team days at Whimsy Stamps (similar options), thought it would make a nice addition and I tied some natural Jute Twine onto it. 

Oh, and the frame was done using the Faux Shiplap technique. I've shared in this post how that is done. Then I used the smaller die from this die set to cut out the frame.

You have all week to join us. The linky tool can be found on the Allsorts challenge blog.

Thanks so much for visiting!

I'm sharing my card here:

The Card Concept - Red White and Blue (part of the challenge is to define a style, from all those listed I'd probably say Mixed Media as I used ink, markers, fibers and papers and it doesn't really fit into any of the other categories) 

Penny Black Saturday - AG // Four Seasons Challenge - Summer // Krafty Chicks -Stamp Act // Crafty Gals Corner - Buttons or Bows // Fab n Funky - No Square // Simon Says Stamp - Little Critters // The Paper Funday - Male // Cardz 4 Guyz - On the Water // Double Trouble Challenges  - Anything // Path of Positivity - Something Positive // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's Up in the Air (birds) // Use Your Stuff - AG

These are Always Anything Goes:

Taylor Made Cards 4 U // 613 Avenue Create opt. twist watercolor // Creative Moments // Through The Craft Room Door // The Corrosive Challenges // A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Classic Design  Challenge * // Crafts Galore Encore // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Love to Craft // QKR Stampede // The Creative Crafters // World Wide Open Design Team Challenge // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends //

Link Parties:

Dare to Share // Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge //  Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life //  


Mervi said...

Aww, adorable card, so stunning cute;-))m

kiwimeskreations said...

Love your hedgie at the beach Ellie - such a sweet, whimsical card and so beautifully made too

Lisa said...

Oh how I love that Penny Black image and the fabulous scene you added to it too. I have this image al colored up needing a card front. I should get a card made. This is just fabulous. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A fabulous card with all the fun elements of this challenge in the design.

Marilyn said...

Adorable! Love the cute little hedgehog
Have a great day!

Amy Johnson said...

Such a cute coastal card!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Hedgehog sure looks comfortable in your great seaside scenery... super job. Love the anchor you used to anchor your scenery to the wood grain background. Adorable and fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and The Paper FunDay challenges.

Donna Scholz said...

Ellie, such an adorable card! Great job blending the sky, sea and sand! I LOVE your sentiment... definitely going to have to look into buying it since our family goes to the beach each summer. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at Double Trouble, and for also sharing how you created it and the supplies you used!!! -Donna

dj said...

What an adorable hedgehog!! Love your seascape!! Fantastic take on our "on the water" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! Thanks for joining the fun and playing along with our challenge!!

Melanie Hungerford said...

Great scene, and it looks so good on the woodgrain background you made! Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Guys.

Joanne said...

That is such a cute card; thanks so much for the tutorial too!

Anonymous said...

Love the sunbathing hedgie, great card Ellie, xx

Sarn said...

A really gorgeous beach scene. I’d like to be relaxing by the sea like your sweet hedgehog is! Xxx

brenda said...

Hedgie looks perfectly relaxed sitting waiting for the sea to wash his toes, a really pretty scene Ellie.

B x

ScrappyHorses said...

Such a fun card! Great background technique with the torn paper and inks! Wonderful! He looks pretty happy relaxing in your lovely setting! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

Donna Walls said...

Great beach scene and I adore PB images. This one is exceptionally adorable. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenge and we look forward to seeing more of your lovely designs.
The Paper Funday Challenge
The Inspiration Station Challenge

Linby said...

How clever to put hedgie by the sea - I always think of him in the garden but it works very well.

Pauline C said...

Adorable hedgie Ellie ... I have that stamp and considered it for this week's card, but didn't know where to start to make a beach scene with him!! Your explanation is really helpful ... though where I fall down is in making the waves as I ahve no waves stamp (you wouldn't want to see the hand drawn attempt i did lol!!)
Pauline xx

Jennifer said...

This is adorable!

Curated by Jennifer

Kellianne said...

Oh I love this!!! I especially love that wooden plank looking background!! The sentiment is perfect and true! thank you for sharing your card with us at Double Trouble :)

Julie Gearinger said...

What an adorable scene! Love the cute hedgehog as well as the use of the colors- we hope you can join us at The Card Concept again soon!

Billie A said...

Cute critter. Cute scene and so glad you shared your awesome card over at Cardz 4 Guyz.

papierelle said...

Da bekommt man gleich Sehnsucht nach dem Meer. Zauberhaft gestaltet und das Motiv ist einfach nur süß!!! LG Gundi

Glenda said...

What a great design and such a cute critter! Thanks for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge!

Diane said...

Adorably cute summer scene! Thank you for joining our fun at Four Seasons!
Diane FS DT

Melanie Hungerford said...

And for sharing over at Four Seasons too!

Billie A said...

I didn't realize you also posted over at Crafty Gals Corner. Great to see you cute card again. Fun scene. Wish I was there.

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh Ellie, this is pretty seaside scene! Lovely water with a relaxing hedgie taking it all in! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. ♥ Sue Kment

Haven_mom4 said...

Oh my goodness I'm so feeling the beach scene right now. This girl is ready for summer. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff

Darlene said...

OMG ... how cute this is! Great summer time scene! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


Creaine said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Ine DT Member

Bonnie said...

This is awesome! I love the beach scene and thank you for explaining how you did it! The hedgie looks like he's really enjoying it too. Love seeing this in the PBSC gallery.

Chris said...

A fabulous summery card- love your beach scene and the little hedgie-so relaxed in his deck chair! Thanks for playing along with our ‘anything but Square’ Challenge at Fab’n’ Funky

Loose Stitches said...

! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx -

Helen said...

Love your beach scene - great to read how you put it together.

Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff.

Helen x

Helen said...

This is so cute - what a fabulous scene!

Thanks for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

Helen x