Wednesday 5 August 2015

Summertime 2 for CVCC

Sea and Sand

With thoughts turning to summertime at CVCC it has to be the beach for me, I love nothing better than a stroll across the sands looking for shells, taking in the sea air and watching the waves come in and out and this prompted my card today.

I began with two A4 sheets of card and the wet in wet technique - Vivian Keh has a great video tutorial here for you to try out if you like the look of the effects.

I used broken china, salty ocean, faded jeans and weathered wood distress sprays for the sea sheet and then antique linen, tattered rose and tea dye for the sand sheet.

As I was gathering the blueprint stamps and some dies together that would fit the theme I thought about having a weathered frame as part of the design so I made another sheet using coffee shop glimmer mist with vintage photo, gathered twigs and rusty hinge distress sprays.

The frame was diecut from the above sheet, inked with walnut stain and tea dye inks, splattered with water and then dipped in hickory smoke stain and and finished with a dip in tarnished bronze stain. This sounds like a fast process but I did heat dry in between each layer of inks.

The background was cut from the blue sheet and run through the dot matrix texture fade with the oval diffuser on it so it only textured the outside edge. I then painted some of the dots with various blues and white distress paint before stamping some small script in the centre. I roughened the edges and inked with walnut stain.

The large conch shell is from Tim's nautical blueprint set, stamped and cut from the sand sheet and watercoloured using various distress markers and a waterbrush. The smaller shells were cut from some offcuts of distressed card and glossy accents added over the top and the small starfish cut from hessian using the small sand dollar movers and shapers die.

Here we have some cheesecloth sprayed with antique linen and frayed burlap and scrunched up, the movers and shapers seahorse and some greenery cut from the festive greens strip die.

Having cut the seahorse from the sea sheet I painted on rock candy crackle paint and when it was dry blended over and around some walnut stain DI. I think he's one of the nicest seahorses I have ever made.

Finally the work block cut from the adventure thinlits set in coredinations paper, adhered to a piece of the sand card, sanded and inked.

I layered and overlapped the pieces as this fits onto a 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 cm card.

I hope you have time to explore a beach or somewhere out in the open whilst the warmer days are with us - enjoy........

..... I will soon when we will start our family holiday travelling to Lanzarote, it's fabulous taking the girls down to the beach late afternoon as the day begins to cool and the sand doesn't burn your feet. We'll take some bread and feed the fish too.

I hope you can join us at CVC Summertime challenge.

hugs Brenda xxx

A simple life is good with me. I don't need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I'm happy.