20 August 2017

Beachy - Watercolour and Distress crayon background

A pair of flip flops on the beach is a great icon for the lazy days of summer. Who doesn't want to just bum on the beach without a care in the world?


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Putting It Together

This is one of the card I made while on my vacation with family in Missouri. It's also the card I made for a friend who moved there from where I knew here, many years ago, in California. 

I did the colouring while on the journey, on airplane and in airport. I used colour pencils and water brushes. I had printed the image on light water colour paper before I left home and trimmed the paper to a hand sized panel. It's very relaxing for me to work with colours making something.

I brought along a few die cuts. I used a ring to trace a circle on the image panel.

I used one of the watercolour pencils to make the circle before fussy cutting it.

The circle fits perfectly on another die cut I had brought with me.

None of the background panels or patterned paper I brought with me looked good with the flip flop, so I decided to make a new one. I only brought Distress crayons and markers and no minis or Oxides, so I decided to use the Distress Crayon. I scribbled some on to the plastic work surface I brought with me.

I sprayed the scribble with water.

I then used the blender tool, swirling it in the wet scribble and then applying that to the heavy water colour panel.

I used Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Festive Berries. I then misted the panel with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I used the power block from my laptop to help dry the panel. The panel is so shimmery and soft. The effect turned out so good I want to do this again when I'm home.

I dry fit the elements.

I affixed the image circle to the die cut and and added foam mounting tape to the back for some dimension.

I adhered the background panel to the card base and the circle centred.  I stamped a sentiment on the inside but didn't get a picture, "This is what Life is all about."


Sketchy Challenge: Beach
The Paper Shelter: Dies/Punches
Happy Little Stampers with Dies: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: Anything Goes


  1. Background and image are perfect together! Thanks for playing along at The Paper Shelter -Good luck, Liz (:(|)x

  2. I'm a flip flop junkie so your card really spoke to me! LOL Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything using Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  3. Thank you for sharing how you did your fabulous background! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter Challenge. Good luck and I hope you will play again in our next challenge!

  4. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely summery card… Please join us again next time at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck!
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  5. Oh this is such a fun summer card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inky Paws Challenge!

  6. Sorry I’m late commenting. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Penny’s challenge 342 – hope to see you again soon – Hazel DT x

  7. This card is right up my alley. I love flip flops and I wish could wear them all year long. Fab work! Thank you for joining our challenge at The sketchy challenges! xx

  8. wow, I love the idea of card making while your are away on vacation. It is a real challenge with limited supplies and you made a great job on this. Thanks a lot for playing with us at the Inky Paws Challenge this week and hope you join us in the next one too. Hugs, Zsofi

  9. This is so pretty!!! So beautiful! Thank you for playing along with us at Dies R Us challenges and hope to see you in the next one! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Jo- DRU DT
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  10. Beautiful!!! love all the details..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes dies Challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

  11. Cute card!!!\
    Thankyou for playing with us @ Happy Little Stamper Anything Goes with Dies challenge. All the best!!
    DT Seemaa


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