Sunday, June 15, 2014

Life is a Beach!

I love the beach.  Going to the beach is probably my most favorite place in the spectrum of  "naturey" kinds of things.  I love art, history and architecture and am happy wandering around Europe and seeing all it has to offer but if I have to choose a spot of nature I'll choose the beach over a lake or the mountains or a canyon or a river any day.  In fact, I have nothing against those other places and enjoy visiting them, too.  Well, I do have a problem with the mountains.  Getting there is a problem.  Winding roads and me just do not get along.  Even if I drive.  Blech. 

Back to the beach.  We are fortunate to take a family vacation for a week to the beach each year.  We all love it and look forward to this getaway each year.  I've been to a lot of beaches in my life....Cape Cod, Southern CA (San Diego and LA), Atlantic City, Long Island (New York), Virginia Beach...most of the east coast of Florida, and even beaches in Hawaii, Italy, Spain and Greece (ok, I did love the Mediterranean and the beach there off of Crete) but my favorite go to beaches are on the Gulf of Mexico.  The water is so pretty to me and I love, love, love the white sand.  You just don't see that at many beaches. 

Sigh......wish I were there instead of metro Atlanta suburbia right now.  LOL!

A friend of mine commissioned me to make some cards for her recently.  She has some beach property and has need of cards to send to renters.

This is what I came up with using some Hero Arts stamps I've had.  (Note to self...time to get more beachy stamp sets!)

I inked the blue background with a variety of Distress Inks and then spattered it with some water to react with the ink.  That is so much fun and I love watching the color of the Distress inks move away.  (It takes little to impress me sometimes!)  I stamped the fish and crab in black ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used some ink daubers and colored them in with additional Distress Inks and then colored in some of the scales and other areas with some Distress pens.

The "sand" was done with some kraft paper torn and inked.  And finally the sentiment came from the Girlfriends set by Art Impressions.
And lastly I used some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the little critters.

I think she will like then!

Happy Crafting and Keep Creating!


  1. Like how they look with the Distress Ink & water splatter & Kraft as sand. I like the beach but I'd take the mountains & canyons and glaciers over the beach anytime. No problem with winding roads. Enjoyed driving the road to Hanna in Maui Hawaii. If I was to pick a fav beach it would be Oahu Hawaii where I enjoyed a wedding of hubby's neice.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Just love your beach cards, and the water effect. I like the beach, rather more love to see the sea, but the mountains do take the prize, and don't mind the windy roads. Visited beautiful beaches in New Zealand where my son lives. Hugs, Ursula

  3. Sigh. I want to be at the ocean! Love your under the sea card, the splotches are awesome.


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