Beach Squares

I am having fun with the Foiled Fox again today showing you all four stamps from the Simply Graphic’s seaside set. I used the lighthouse and the beach huts stamps in Wednesday’s cards. Today I arranged all four stamps in the stamp positioner then stamped with versamark on cold pressed watercolour paper before embossing in gold powder.

I used zig clean color real brush pens for all the colouring in the squares. The pens are highly pigmented so a little dab goes a long way. It doesn’t matter so much the exact colours I used to paint the squares but I took care to repeat the same colours in more than one square so the group looks cohesive. I used the same blues in all four squares, yellow in three of the squares and grey on the lighthouse and the bird. (Zig pens used: light blue, cobalt blue, blue, green, yellow, light brown, brown, light gray, carmine red)

Once all the colouring was done I popped up the square panel on a few pieces of cardstock then attached to a 4¾” square cardbase. Make sure you pop over to the Foiled Fox blog and shop for inspiration and more lovely clean designs from Simply Graphic.


Beach Scenes

This sweet little beach hut is from Simply Graphic, the set is called ‘the little squares – seaside’. Shauna, from the Foiled Fox introduced me to Simply Graphic and when I saw this set of beach themed squares I was delighted. There are four stamps in the set and I have featured two in today’s cards. Make sure you pop over to the Foiled Fox to hear more about these cards and see other elegant stamps from Simply Graphic.

For both cards I completed the watercolour backgrounds first by smooshing distress inks on a glass mat, spritzing water and swiping hot pressed watercolour paper through the ink. I swiped more than once and tilted the panel so the inks could move. I tried to keep the yellow and the blues apart to avoid making green so there are a few gaps between the inks which looks like sea foam.

The second background was completed using the same method but I made sure the ink covered the whole panel and while dry I dabbed some off with a kleenex to make the appearance of clouds.

The images I have added over the seaside backgrounds are stamped in paradise versafine clair ink onto hot pressed watercolour paper.

I cut the stamped squares out by hand as the edges are not straight then popped them up on a couple of layers of cardstock. I was tempted to colour the beach huts because they are generally painted in beautiful bright colours. I saved that idea for another card and kept these ones simple with sentiments added from the Simply Graphic ‘English sentiments’ set.

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Before I end this post I will mention the Cape Wickham lighthouse on King Island. You might not have heard of either the lighthouse or the island but I was born on King Island and the CapeWickham lighthouse is the tallest in the southern hemisphere. Here’s a pic of me in front of the light.