Farewell to summer: Beach

Beach birthday Heather Telford

This hand-painted card depicts one of my favourite summer activities, sadly one that I rarely get to enjoy these days. Growing up we had a beach holiday every summer. I don’t live anywhere near the beach now but I did enjoy a couple of trips to the lake during July and August. One trip was to Sandbanks on Lake Ontario. The lake is so huge that it looks like an ocean beach but the water just doesn’t taste right! Apparently the wind does whip up waves most days but when we were there it was flat, flat, flat.

The card above is based on my memories of Australian beaches. We would walk over a little or large dune and reach the beach, usually a surf beach, and check out how good the waves were going to be that day. I painted with distress stains over some masking fluid ‘white caps’ and added some grass with a stamp from the ‘so lucky’ transparent set.

This is the last in my Farewell to summer mini series, it will be pretty much autumn and winter themed cards for a while now!

Stamps:  So Lucky, Special Wishes (PB)
Creative Dies: A pocketfull (PB)
Inks: chipped sapphire, salty ocean, tumbled glass, broken china, pine needles, scattered straw, mustard seed, vintage photo distress stains, peeled paint, crushed olive distress inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah avon brilliant white, green cardstock

7 Comments on “Farewell to summer: Beach”

  1. Caryn says:

    I love those beautiful and peaceful blues. This card speaks to my soul because I grew up at the beach, but am an inland farmer now who only gets to taste the salt air once or twice a year. Adios, summer!

  2. Pat says:

    This really does look like a hot day on one of those Australian beaches which stretch for miles with that gorgeous fine but firm sand. I love the colours and your masking fluid white capped waves. I do get to see the sea quite often but I’m afraid it isn’t this beautiful shade of blue. x

  3. Anne Sweeney says:

    Omgosh I would love to see how you did that . Amazing work lady !!! I so enjoy getting your emails

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. tish rowe says:

    I shouted “incredible” when I saw this. You are amazing. I am in awe of the water..I do masking fluid, too, yet my white never comes out like this nor my painting with the inks and stains.
    However, this inspires me to keep trying. Thank you a million times for sharing and giving us your colors, etc. Such a big, big help. Penny Black should be paying you a grand salary because of all the influence you have on us to get us to buy the stamps.
    P.S. I was born in Ottawa, so I have a special love for Canada. (my mother was Canadian).

  5. Carol says:

    Beautiful. I get peace and solace from the shore and water. This card does just that.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Great details and colors! Love the frothy waves and the birds flying overhead!

  7. Lindsey says:

    Luckily, you don’t have to drink the lake water at Sandbanks, I believe there might be a winery or three nearby. 😉 Beautiful painted beach scene.

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