Good Wednesday morning. My beach scene today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use the Stampin’ Up! colors Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake. I substituted Old Olive for the Wild Wasabi cardstock and Kraft cardstock and Antique Linen ink for the Crumb Cake. I always tend to go for aqua when making my beach scenes and felt the Pacific Point ink and paper would be way too dark. But when I was finished sponging on the water I decided it created perfect contrast for the green palm trees and the all white frame so I used it for the chair as well as the frame mat. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really like the bold colors.
I thought while I was making this I would take a few shots of how I apply the embossing paste to the water for sea foam. Don’t get me wrong. I have no real experience with embossing paste other than dabbing a little of on my water. I think it would be great to use for snow as well. But I haven't used it with stencils or other types of techniques.
I started by sponging in the sand, masking off the sky area and sponging in the water and then removing the mask and lightly sponging in the sky. I heat set the ink before starting to apply the embossing paste but with this dark colored ink it still comes up from under the paste a little.
I use the triangle shaped palette to apply the paste. I just get a little at a time on the bottom of the palette. What you see on the palette in the picture is almost a little too much.
To apply the paste I barely tap it on the paper so just a little of it sticks. It takes a very gentle touch to keep from getting a blob. If you do get a blob clean off the palette with a rag and turn it on it’s side and scrape the edge along the blog to pick it up. If a little of the paste remains just tap it lightly with the flat side of the palette to puff it up. If it still remains a little flat looking just apply a tiny bit more paste on the palette and barely tap it over the spot.
Continue applying the paste across the page until you have the consistency that you like.
I got a little carried away with the foam washing up on the sand and got a little too much…but I still like it. I allowed the paste to dry well before starting to assemble the card.
I created the double matted frame and attached it over the scene. I attached the trees and sea grass in behind the frame using mounting tape and glossy accents. I started to use a white chair but I wanted to carry the bright blue of the mat and water to the frame. I couldn’t resist adding a little pair of flip flops to finish.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”