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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:

  1. 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

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

    Huge hugs Annie x

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

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

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  5. 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!

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  6. Fabulous vintage summer feel created with your subtle tones xxx

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  7. Fantastic as usual Brenda !
    Corrie xxx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  16. 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 :)

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

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

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  19. 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

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

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  21. 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

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

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

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