Inspired by the beach


When I got the big “Inspired by Nature” stamps I knew I would be making “landscape” cards with them.  I love making scenes like this but they do take a little more time and sometimes do not work at all!  This scene reminds me of walking from the parking lot to the beach as a child.  The sand was darker or dirtier near the parking lot and often we couldn’t even see the beach.  We would cart our surf mats and towels through the gap in the sand dunes and there would be the surf!   I showed my Canadian born son a picture of some sand dunes yesterday on an Australian calendar and he asked,” What are sand dunes?”   I see there is a whole section of his education being neglected!!

I started with the grass for this card.  I inked the stamp with versamark and  Old Olive and then  added some Always Artichoke with a marker to create  two-tone grass.  I then embossed in clear.  Next I tore a hillside edge into a piece of paper to create a mask which I used to sponge in the sandy hill.  I sponged So Saffron first and then Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  I used the brayer at the base with Really Rust on it.  To do the sky I sponged in both Tempting Turquoise and Brocade Blue.    The picture is matted in Marigold Morning and mounted on textured Old Olive with an Old Olive ribbon strip and antique brass buckle.

Thanks for dropping by today.


Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Inks: Versamark, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Really Rust
Cardstock: Whisper White,  Old Olive textured, Marigold Morning
Also: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Clear e.p., Antique Brass hodgepodge hardware


8 Comments on “Inspired by the beach”

  1. Michelle Jadaa says:

    what lovely card,relaxing yet fun.

  2. Totally gorgeous. Gotta get that set!

  3. Tamara Conroy says:

    Lovely card that has inspired me to get my set out. Hope my card turns out nearly as good as yours.

  4. Oh, my word! Now this is a piece of art. Heather, you are a true inspiration. Sincerely. Sigh… I enjoyed your story, too, and thank you so much for the explanation of how you accomplished this.

  5. Pauline says:

    Really lovely card, I think I can smell the sea breeze :o)

  6. My jaw dropped. I gasped. I can’t stop looking at it. I LOVE THIS CARD!!!

  7. Kez says:

    Totally awesome card Heather, took me back to beach holidays as a kid, camping in our tent or staying at my aunt’s bach. Yep, we had to climb over the sand dunes too before we could see the surf … ah, memories! You have done a fantastic job on this one. TFS

  8. Laura says:

    This is a gorgeous card!

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