Thursday, 6 July 2017

We are sailing!

Hi there!

I seem to have gone down a very 'beachy' route recently without realising it - must be in need of a holiday!

Anyway, it is hard to resist the lovely beach themed stamps from impression obsession...

I stamped this tranquil scene using archival ink so that the detail would remain when using watercolours. It is coloured with inktense pencils which are another current favourite of mine.

The pencils work fine on their own but adding water to them really brings them to life. I ran the archival pad around the edge of the card to give it a border. 

I masked most of the picture and then sprayed with colour bloom for a bit of sheen, added more archival ink and some scribbley bits with the inktense pencils to give the whole thing a slightly antique look.

Next to mount it on to my background. It is my first time playing with a cover a card stamp so naturally there had to be a bit of experimentation before I committed to anything too serious!

 Take one - inked up with brushos, spritzed with water, with a paintbrush dragged across for good measure.
 Take two - inked with pale blue versa mark pads - no good in this instance but I think it would have been fine if I chose a darker shade of blue.
 Take three - using fresco paints applied with cut n dry foam.
Take four - Using distress oxides applied to wet paper. 

Plenty of options to choose from but I went with the frescos this time as I liked the way the paint colours blended. 

I inked it twice to cover this long thin card. If you want a more subtle join you can avoid inking all the way to the straight edge, however it didn't really matter to me as the join was going to be covered up. I also gave the card a border using more fresco paint applied directly with a sponge.

I laid out a few scraps of paper from my stash which had nice textures to them. 

Using an Impression Obsession die I cut a couple of nautical shapes and coated them in alchemy wax...

...and layered them all up together.

I added a couple more die cuts and a few enamel accents to finish it all off.

 Naturally it only seemed right to make the card insert and envelope match as well - partially inking the cover a card stamp worked really well for this.
 Well, that's all for now!

Materials list;

Impression Obsession stamp - seaside scene
Io Cover a card stamp - clouds
Archival ink - potting soil
Derwent inktense pencils
Impression obsession die - seagulls
Impression obsession die - nautical
Fresco finish paints - turquoise, antarctic, nougat
Colour bloom - sherbet
Cut n dry foam
Alchemy wax - inca gold
Distress oxides - faded jeans, broken china

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges;
Impression obsession - is getting hot in here
SSS - red, white and blue (if you'll forgive the green and gold?!)
Sss- summer sunshine
Penny black and more- for the boys
Allsorts- a question of sport


  1. What a beautiful card - I saw this at SS and had to stop by and comment - nice job! Love the stamp and your work here!

  2. Fantastic creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  3. Lovely card great stamping.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  4. A really atmospheric scene Lou and love the inky backdrop as well, looks like you had fun making that one.

    Many thanks for joining our July challenge at Penny Black and More and also this weeks Allsorts theme.

    B x

  5. What a beautiful scene you created here, Lou! Perfect for our challenge at Penny Black and More! Many thanks for joining us!

  6. Great card, love your background
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  7. A beautiful scene. Thanks for sharing how you made it and the cloud stamp, not seen that before.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black & More. Lynn x DT

  8. Amazing card! love your coloring and the touch of gold is perfect! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says STamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara