Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sea, Sun and B(l)each

After a non existing spring and a seriously lacklustre start of the summer, all I can do is dream of beaches in the sun, so this Crafty Individual challenge is wellcome.
I knew at once the stamp I was going to use and that a paper from the Crafty Individuals background paper book "The seaside" would be involved.

The difficulty I have with designer papers is I loathe covering them, as they are quite beautiful without adding anything, but... it had to be done! I decided to make it my own by adding some stencilling with a spray, distress ink and foil on the upper left corner, as well as stamping in 2 other corners. I like the effect of the Sea shell stamped in Frosted crystal embossing powder peeking out from underneath the printed seashell of the paper on the right hand side.

I stamped the Life's a Beach Girlfriends (CI-284) image on a distress inked background and bleached out the details. The saying is embossed with white powder.
I cut out part of the starfishes and added some gauze to frame the stamped panel.

I quite liked the card at this stage but, was it enough? In the end I enlarged my "canvas" and made it into an 8"x8" card by adding an embossed and sanded sheet of Coredination White wash, which is big for a card, certainly bigger than I have ever done.

Was is it  better as a 6x6 or does the embossed frame enhance the panel ? Please give me your opinion in the comments below.

I am also entering this card in the Ali-Craft blog challenge (open theme).


  1. Fabulous card, love the colours and image. Thanks for joining in our first challenge over at Ali-Craft Monthly challenge, hugs Heidi x

  2. Love what you have done with the backing paper, especially the stamped images. I think the embossed frame enhances the beautiful backing paper very well.

    Sylv xx

  3. I think the embossed frame sets off the rest of the artwork beautifully. It also picks up on the colours of the starfish. The bleach gives a lovely washed out effect. I really like the way you have enhanced this image. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

  4. Very beautiful card, great colours! bizz

  5. I love this card and the framing is perfect - great CI Challenge piece! Jean x

  6. Framed beautifully :) and love how the starfish goes over the main image :)
    Von ♥

  7. WOW !! This is BEAUTIFUL!!

  8. It's gorgeus!I love the bleached details, thanks for sharing, I never tried it before.
    For me was better without the frame, I love the paper you used, and I prefer to stay alone.

  9. Non, pour moi c'est encore plus joli avec ton papier embossé... J'adore ce tampon en plus, l'ensemble est très beau ! Bises