Friday, July 21, 2017

By the Sea for The Paper Players

When I saw the The Paper Players had a Summer Fun in the Water challenge this week, I couldn't resist! I know you must be getting tired of seascapes but I'm pretty addicted, I'm afraid and I had another reason - I wanted to try another technique with Embossing Paste - adding sand to it, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Here's The Paper Players' Challenge #353 banner:

Isn't that appealing? I love the beach and so happy that we got our kayak this year to get us there more often. But enough of that. Here's my card:

  • The first thing I noticed was that my sponged horizon was crooked. I don't know about you, but I have the worst time with ovals and keeping them straight. They look good to me at the time, but as soon as I see them from a distance or in the photo, I realize that they were crooked. I'm sure it's a genetic eye or brain condition called Ovalitis Nonparallelectoplasm. Does anyone else suffer from that??
  • I used some Post-It Notes tape to tape off the sand and the water when I was sponging them and a reverse oval mask for the whole shape. The sand area was sponged in Sahara Sand. (I managed to overcome my disability for that part somehow!) The sea was sponged in Soft Sky and stamped with the wave stamp from High Tide in Bermuda Bay. The sky was sponged in Soft Sky very lightly with a light touch of Flirty Flamingo to echo the background panels.
  • Then it was time to play with the Embossing Paste. I mixed up a little and coloured it with Sahara Sand ink. I used 1 drop of the refill, but off to one side so I could pull in as much colour as I wanted, and I did not use it all. Then I added maybe a teaspoon full of decorative sand and mixed it well. With the mask still in place, I spread it over the sand area. 
  • Due to the sand mixed in with the Embossing Paste, it went on fairly thick, but I was amazed at how fast it dried even then. I did help it along a bit with the Heat Tool. It definitely creates a 3D effect. I stamped some grass bunches in Always Artichoke on the edge.
  • The starfish and scallop shell are from Seaside Shore, stamped and cut out by hand, and the lighthouse is a two step stamping image from High Tide. Neither have matching framelits and must be fussy cut. The sentiment is from So Many Shells, and you will have guessed that it's one of my favourites!
It's Friday, woo hoo! so have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beach yourself! Maybe we'll get time for a paddle in our kayak!

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  1. Heather, this is fabulous! I love the sand incorporated with the embossing paste! It is so realistic! Your scene is just gorgeous! Thank you for joining my challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

  2. Oh my word, Heather - this is gobsmackingly gorgeous! You got me with lovely colour combination from the start but the experiment with sand and paste - priceless! Fabulous idea and I tell you now that I'm going to steal it! I think Ovalitis Nonparallelectoplasm is a real condition and one closely related to Circlitis Asymmetriosis, often seen after carefully placing a central circle element and gluing it and then noticing some time afterwards that it is not equidistant from each side. LOVE this card so thank you for sharing it with us at The Paper Players.


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