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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The call of the Sea (by Lesley)

Hi there, hope you have been inspired by all the fabulous creations that the Design Team girls have been posting here. For my post I thought I would be a small independent island amongst the sea of Christmas, so today's card uses the Seaside Dreams set.

  1. Make the background using the acrylic block technique with Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed and Shabby Shutters Distress inks on a piece of thick white card from the Essential A6 card pack. When completely dry take a spare piece of fairly stiff A6 card and tap one of the long edges in white acrylic paint then create a random pattern over the background. Repeat until you are happy with the effect. Don't worry if the lines of paint aren't complete, it adds to the effect if some of these lines are broken.
  2. Next stamp the shells onto a self adhesive label using Onyx Black Versafine. Allow to dry thoroughly and then 'paint' the shells using Sunshine Yellow and Butterscotch Adirondack dye ink. Tap each of the colours onto an acyrlic block and spritz lightly with water to create your paint palette. Build up the colour gradually with the Sunshine Yellow and add shading with the Butterscotch.
  3. When dry cut out, peel off the backing and stick into place on the background. Add some shading under the shells with Butterscotch. Finally stamp the sentiment with Onyx Black.
You've probably guessed that I use self adhesive labels alot, but they are a quick way of adding an image to your background without having to do any masking. This way you can concentrate on the background and the image and then marry them together to get the finished picture.

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  1. Fantastic, great design, beautiful colours!!!


  2. This is gorgeous Lesley, I love the background and the gorgeous shells and their colour.

    Sue xx

  3. Stunning card Lesley. Do you sell the Labels @ Chocolate Baroque?

    1. Yes Gill we do. If you click on the self adhesive labels link in step 2 it will take you straight to the product on th website. I love making art on labels and I hope you give it a go. Lesley

  4. That is one special card Lesley. I love the soft watercoloured background and your shells are gorgeous. Really lovely work. Happy Sunday! Elaine x

  5. This is a beautiful card Lesley, I love the soft colours of the background and the colouring on your shells is fabulous
    Jackie x

  6. I never realised pictures of shells could be so beautiful

  7. beautiful card Lesley, love the background and the colours

  8. This is great - so 3-dimensional. I like the look of the white lines on the background - all fab :)

  9. Wow! This looks so realistic and 3-D and the colours are beautiful.

  10. I love these seashells and pretty light coloured background with the white lines painted down it. The colours work beautifully together. x

  11. Beautiful Lesley, the background is gorgeous, great idea, love the dimension created with a simple bit of shading underneath those fabulous shells. Judith xx

  12. Beautiful card. Love the use of the labels. What a great idea.
    Flo xx


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