Let’s take a break from the snowy scenes I’ve been serving up lately and instead spend some time at the beach. If only I could! I’ve always been a shell collector, even last year when I was walking along Soldiers Beach on the NSW Central Coast with my dad I collected shells for the fun of it. I didn’t end up bringing them home but it was fun to look along the sand and in the rockpools. This card features shells from the Darkroom Door Seashells set and a background stamped with the new DD filmstrip stamp seashells.

I stamped the large shells first making a mask for each one out of a post it note so I could before stamping a second or third shell and mask all three when I stamped the repeated filmstrip background. The large shells I stamped first in archival ink then over the top in distress ink which I blended to fill and add shading to the shells. The background I stamped in tea dye distress ink using the MISTI to keep the stamp in place and move the watercolour paper panel. After stamping the background I blended over the top with a paintbrush and water and dabbed away liquid to halt the blurring so I could still see the shell images.

Once I’d trimmed the panel to size I blended vintage photo ink around the edges with a blending brush and painted shadows under the large shells with dark browns and black. As usual the supplies are all listed below.

Have a great day even if you can’t collect seashells and definitely if you can!


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9 Comments on “Shells”

  1. Val Cox says:

    What a beautiful card! I love the colours. They are like liquid amber and honey mixed together! You are an inspiration Heather! Thankyou!

  2. Lynn says:

    Beautiful Heather! I love the beach.

  3. Bonnie says:

    This is pretty, Heather, and makes me fee like I’m on a warm sunshiny beach!

  4. Pat says:

    Beautiful shells, and the shell film strip looks great in the background Heather, and I love the colours with the Tea Dye and Vintage Photo and then some yellow and orange, and some wonderful shading under the shells too. I love collecting shells on the beach and in rock pools too and have a selection which sit together on the mantelpiece and I add the odd pebble and rock too occasionally, only small ones I also have a very small ammonite, not found but bought in a shop in Lyme Regis which is fairly near to where we live and is part of the Jurassic Coast. It is possible to search and find them on the beaches around there. x

  5. PaperMorePaper says:

    Heather, these are the nicest seashell stamps I’ve seen in a long while. Your colors are perfect and add such a warm, natural feel to the piece.
    We used to find specimen shells here on the Gulf Side beaches of FL but not lately. It’s still fun to walk and hunt anyway…..just in case.

  6. Leslie says:

    Gorgeous! Love the dimension!

  7. Liane Desmarais-Cavanagh says:

    Thank you for a mini get-away to the beach. DD have certainly created some lovely shell stamps, and you showcased them with great success. Your card looks like a memory of a holiday.

  8. *Vicki* says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  9. jc2711 says:

    I love this card, the colours are fantastic.

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