Gone to the Beach

It looks as if I’ve gone beach crazy!  Well, I DO love Flordia where we lived for 25 years, and I miss it very much.  But my craziness has been the Nautical Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  Here’s my final card for the challenge.  Kassidy reminded me that I HAD to make a Christmas card this week, because I am so far behind on my New Year’s goal of making one card a week until Christmas.  I told her that I have to do a nautical card for the SSS challenge.  She said, “Then make it a Christmas card.”  At the last minute rush, I almost forgot.  

IMG_0842second one watermarked

I took photos along the way, so hopefully there will be less reading and more viewing.

  • Prima Marketing, Inc Paintables Watercolor Paper 6 x 6 inch pad, trimmed to 4.0 x 5.25 inches 
  • craft sheet (work surface)
  • Bubble Gum Faber-Castell Gelato
  • Cotton Candy Faber-Castell Gelato
  • Pistachio Faber-Castell Gelato
  • baby wipe

 Air dry or use a heat gun.  Wipe the surface all over with a baby wipe.  Reapply the Gelatos where you want more intense color.

This next step can be skipped if you like a smooth look to the surface.  I wanted a blotched look, so I did this.

Spritz the surface lightly with water.  After a few seconds, lay a clean rag or paper towel on top to pick up some color.  My rag is stained, not dirty.


Dry the surface, then go around the perimeter with Chocolate Faber-Castell Gelato.

  • MISTI Stamping Tool or acrylic block
  • Versafine Black Ink
  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • Inkadinkado Warmest Wishes Stamp Set – Santa’s chair and sand dollar shell

I am learning to color with colored pencils.

  • Prismacolor Colored Pencils (These are not watercolor pencils).
  • Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil

I am also trying to learn how to do shading.  The second pencil you see below is the Colorless Blender Pencil.

I didn’t like the amount of black pencil I put on the white areas of the hat to show shading.  So I used the Tombow Mono Sand Eraser to get rid of some of the shading.

Fussy cut the chair with scissors, then go around the edges with a Memento Black Marker.

Stamp the sentiment and shells.

  • stamping tool
  • Versafine Ink
  • 100# Simon Says Stamp Cardstock, Ivory
  • Newton’s Nook Designs Sun Soaked Christmas Stamp Set, sentiment and oyster shells


  • Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cutting Machine
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval Dies
  • Scotch Adhesive Dot Runner
  • paper trimmer
  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape
  • ruler to get the banner evenly spaced
  • scissors to trim the end of the banner

Attach the chair picture and a cord to the front.  Tie two pieces of cord together in a knot.  Wrap the ends to the back and secure with pieces of tape.  I saved the cord from something, I don’t remember what.

Cut cardstock for a card base.  This is a top-folding card A2 card that is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  Score the cardstock down the middle.  Leave the cardstock in the corner of the score board while you fold it over and press down on the fold.

  • 100# Simon Says Stamp Cardstock, Ivory – cut to 4.25 x 11 inches
  • paper trimmer
  • Martha Stewart Score Board with Bone Folder

Excuse the Gelato marks on the back of my card front panel.  It goes with the territory.  IMG_0835 Tape the card front to the card base with Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape.  Glue the shells to the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matt Glue.  

IMG_0837 Watermarked(2017-08-21-1039)

There’s another one down.  I have many more Christmas cards to go!  Kassidy will need to keep prompting me to get the move on.  Ha!

Bye, bye!



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Nautical  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Add a Sentiment http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #296-#297 – Anything Goes  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Paper Sweeties Happy Birthday and/or Colors Challenge
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3 thoughts on “Gone to the Beach

  1. inkyfingersandribbon says:

    I LOVE this, it made me smile so much, so creative.
    Many thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x


  2. shabbygirl says:

    WOW … WOW … WOW!!! This card is absolutely amazing! The step-out tutorial is fantastic! I love the technique you shared using the gelatos over heat embossing! Just fabulous – thanks for sharing this beautiful card with us at Paper Sweeties!!!


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