by the sea

Welcome to my crafty blog. I’ve got some sparkly seashells to share today (and a bit of alliteration too, it seems!) I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! ‘seaside seashells’ die and matching embossing folder, together with a sprinkling of WOW embossing powder, for this card. I took inspiration from a couple of challenges – Global Design Project have given us ‘by the sea’ as this week’s theme, and this month’s WOW embossing challenge on Facebook is ‘colours of the sea’

May be an image of text that says 'WOW MO COLOURS OF THE SEA WOW! Unrivalled Embossing Powders MONTHLY CHALLENGE April'

I started by cutting the large seashell die out of white card, and then blended Distress Oxides across it as background colours. I used ‘speckled egg’ on the shell areas, ‘iced spruce’ on the seaweed and ‘evergreen bough’ on the fronds.

I then lined it up in the co-ordinating folder and ran it through my embossing machine, to get the 3D effect on the shells. I did give it a quick dry with my heat gun first, so I didn’t get any ink onto the embossing folder.

The next step was to add some sparkle to the seashells. I used a small blending brush to lightly add WOW embossing ink across the top of each shell and then heat embossed them. I did these one at a time, using ‘aquamarine’ for the two small shells and ‘mermaid tails’ (a gorgeous bluey silver) for the three larger ones. I didn’t want them fully embossed, just highlighted on the raised areas.

I wanted to mount this on a background that would make the design stand out, so used Claritystamp’s large rectangle background stamp on a piece of white card, adding Distress Oxides in ‘tattered rose’ and ‘pumice stone’ onto the stamp with a sponge. I trimmed it down to size and mounted it on a slightly larger piece of card where I’d blended ‘iced spruce’ around the edge.

The topper then went onto a card blank I’d made from grey cardstock, and I added the die cut on top. The ‘tattered rose’ works really well against the greens on the die cut.

I finished by stamping the sentiment from the ‘friends are like seashells’ set onto an offcut from the background stamp, mounting that on another piece edged with the ‘iced spruce’ and adding it below the die cut. I’ve taken this photo at an angle to try to get the full effect of the WOW powder.

Thanks for dropping in. I’ve had a lovely day today, meeting friends for lunch in their garden which is now legal in England as the Coronavirus restrictions are gradually being lifted! The last year has really made me thankful for the small things in life we used to take for granted.

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