These gorgeous beach scene cards are made using Tim Holtz Bubbles stamp and inspired by Tami Bastiaans’ ‘make’ for its release last year. When I saw the amazing way she had used the stamp to mimic waves on the beach, I was hooked. I made a whole set of different cards using the various sea-related stamps that I had and had such fun making them.
The first step is to ink up the stamp with clear embossing ink and stamp it down onto the corner of your card front. Experiment with different positioning of the stamp. Dust clear embossing powder over the inked image and tap off excess. Heat with an embossing tool to set the embossing powder.
Repeat the process for a sentiment stamp of your choice. I used the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Noteworthy stamp set.
Then it is time to start having fun with your different ink colours – I used Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks. Apply gradually to the card using a blending brush or tool. Combine different blues and greens to the ‘water’ area and then start blending up towards the ‘sand’ area using combinations of yellows and browns. Use your brush to apply stippling in a darker brown colour to give the sand its grainy texture. (I wasn’t sure about this step to start with but it does look good at the end). Finally if you have used Distress Inks, spray or drip water over the ‘sand’ to react with the ink. Then dab off with a paper tissue and wipe any ink off the embossing.
Once you have completed your backgrounds, pull out your sea-related stamps to find those that would be reasonably in scale with the edge of the wave on the shore. I stamped mine in archival ink and coloured them with alcohol ink markers. I cut them out and adhered them to the card. Then I applied Glossy Accents to really give the sea creatures a lift. I was so happy with the result.