Monday, 1 August 2016

Hot Summer Days

The theme for August's challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges is 'Hot Summer Days' and for me there's nothing better than being by the sea, not necessarily on the beach but on a pier watching the divers or fishermen, in a harbour looking at the boats or on the cliffs looking down and hearing the waves crash on the rocks below. So here's a card using PaperArtsy stamps inspired by those thoughts.


I began by stamping the crab collage stamp from Hot Picks 1302 using coffee archival ink and then dipping it into watery scattered straw and dried marigold distress inks several times to create the layers. When dry I used a water brush and added some more colour to the crab and flicked some spots of hickory smoke DI for contrast.


I then stamped the boy and fish from the kids plate - #2 (again PaperArtsy) and using a water brush and distress inks I painted in the shapes not inked by the coffee archival and took some iron oxide media paint to colour the starfish.


The starfish were stamped from the same plate as above in chrome yellow and tea rose archival inks then I rubbed ground espresso over them and flicked water on to get that mottled effect. The sentiment is from Artist Outpost's think and wonder set of stamps.


I just kept it simple and flat for posting.


I hope you will be able to join us this month in this great challenge and do pop over to take a look at what the rest of the fabulous team members have made.

hugs Brenda xxx



23 comments:

Jane said...

Good morning dear Brenda...what a super card..I love the layers you created and yet managed to keep it flat for posting...win win in my books! Let's hope we get some more sunshine to sit at the beach this month. Happy August, hugs xx

Annie said...

What a gorgeous make Brenda x loved the wash of colours in the background and fabulous stamping .
Certainly very summery

Huge hugs Annie x

Suzanne C said...

Love the mix of the soft background with the sweet image overlaid. Lovely refreshing sea-side scene!

Hazel Agnew said...

I love this Brenda. It looks like it was created in bygone days. Lovely relaxed feel about it too. Xx

Monika Gulyas said...

What a perfect card for the summer theme! I love that you left a big white part on your card and you used mainly brownish tones! It's a great inspiring card for someone you want to post it!

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous vintage summer feel created with your subtle tones xxx

Corrie Herriman said...

Fantastic as usual Brenda !
Corrie xxx

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card Brenda, great choice of images and colours giving it a great seaside feel.
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic card to celebrate summer. Super images and background colours.
Yvonne xx

Craftyfield said...

Love the look of the watercolour background and the image is beautiful. A great illustration of our theme!

rachel said...

Gorgeous make Brenda - I love that main stamped image - beautiful xx

Redanne said...

Beautiful Brenda, you really transported me back to my childhood with this wonderful card! Love it - a lot... Hugs, Anne xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wonderful card, Brenda! I love the old-fashioned tone of it.

hazel said...

A fabulous card Brenda, love the background and colours.
xxx Hazel.

Gina said...

I love the look of this, like the hand painted photo's of old. Something totally magical about it :D XXX

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous card Brenda. Love your splattery background and that crab stamp is fantastic! Such a great sentiment too, words to live by for sure. hugs :)

Sue said...

This is beautiful Brenda, I love your watercolour effect and the nostalgic feel to this xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That's a fantastic card - the watercolor effects in the back make it so special artsy to me! Super!

Evelyn Walter said...

Again a wonderful artsy card, Brenda! The background with the color splatters looks great and the little boy with the starfishs brings the right beach feeling.
Have beautiful sunny days!
xxx Evelyn

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love this Brenda, fabulous design and a beautiful watery background. hugs Debsxx

Paper Profusion said...

I soooo wish I could collage like you Brenda!! This is fantastic!! LOVE the sassy stance of that boy who is perfect with that daring sentiment!! Makes me smile! Terrific inky background! Nicola x

Angela Radford said...

Great card Brenda, so love the stamps you've used. Happy crafty week, Angela x

Barbara Schiassi said...

fabulous, absolutely fabuolous work! love the colors, they make me think to the summer! Love it! Barbara