Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Beach Life

Good Morning.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am playing along with some of the challenges at Splitcoast.
This was a long weekend here for us, so I had time to play.
I made 2 cards using the same stamps but totally different techniques which I will do my best to explain.

The card above was really an experiment to see what would happen if I used hot glue on my cardstock.  I had read about a technique using it with heat embossing so thought I would give it a whirl.
I began with heavy weight cardstock and squeezed a line of hot glue onto my paper.  While it was still hot, I used a credit card to pull the glue downwards and really didn't know what to expect.  Before it cooled, I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and melted that with my heat gun.  After it cooled, it reminded me of water and a wave so I inked up the background with Distress Oxide ink and then using my Misti, stamped the birds and the sentiment.
Fun to try something new.

The second card is more straight forward.

For this card, I watercolored the background using Distress inks, then using my Misti, I stamped the same birds as above.  
For the card front, I used a piece of drywall tape to stencil using Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.  I thought the green was a nice compliment to the colours in the scene.  I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant using black Memento ink and mounted the scene over the bkg using foam dots.

Well there you have it.  Two different cards using the same stamps.
 Thanks so much for the visit!

Adding my card to these challenges:

Use Your Stuff- QUOTE
(quote on my card)
 A Bit More Time to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Create and Inspire- ANYTHING GOES
NordSalten Hobby Club- BLUE
Stempelgarten- SUMMERTIME

Card #1
Stamps- Flying Crane, Standing Crane (Frog's Whiskers); 
Everyday Beauty (Impression Obsession)
Ink- DOX- Salty Ocean; Memento black
Paper- heavy weight (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; hot glue; credit card; white eb powder; heat tool; sponging tool

Card #2
Stamps- Flying Crane, Standing Crane (Frog's Whiskers); Everyday Greetings (Mama Elephant)
Ink- Distress ink- Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint,Seedless Perserves
Paper- heavy weight (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; drywall tape; foam dots; paintbrush


  1. Hi Karen, love both cards but really like the hot glue idea, looks wonderful. I tried a bit with some inchie squares but struggled with the end look, think I was too worried about getting burned. Love the white embossing on the glue, really looks good.

  2. Wow awesome and can't wait to try this...need some more glue for the gun but looks awesome. Love the other card too...xx[aNNie]

  3. Two very beautiful cards! I love the drama of your first card, Jo x

  4. Wonderful cards, Karen. I love both ...


  5. Very interesting technique, it works really well. Two beautiful cards x

  6. My goodness I love both of your cards Karen, fabulous images and colours, and another super technique to try, Kate x

  7. So interesting to see two totally different looks from the same stamps! Love the first one with the great glue / embossing powder technique - it really does look like a frothy wave washing up near the birds.

  8. Both cards using those stamps are so beautiful! Great work indeed!

  9. TFS both your beautiful landscape cards, Karen. Your 1st card using your new technique is really amazing. It looks like a waterfall with your cranes and grass perfectly placed. Really stunning and with a wonderful sentiment.

    Your 2nd card you have created a gorgeous background for your cranes. Love your addition of the dry wall stenciling and beautiful sentiment. Again...TFS both creative beauties my friend. Hugs

  10. Hi Karen, what great cards. Love the layout, the great scene you created, as well the stencilling on the green background paper, just perfectly made.

    Thank you very much for joining us at the Stempelgarten Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck

  11. Two beautiful beach cards, Karen. LOVE the way the hot glue worked on your card. It's an incredible effect. xx

  12. Both beautiful-but love the hot wax technique on the 1st and what a fantastic result-----Thank you for joining us at Create and Inspire
    Carol DT x

  13. Both cards are fantastic. Love how you've shown two different ideas with one stamp set. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail

  14. Beautiful cards, Karen! I must say you are one of the most innovative stampers out there! You always find a way to do something new with these techniques. The results are fantastic!

  15. WOW! Both of these are fantastic, Karen! I love the stamps and both backgrounds are so different from each other yet equally as perfect for these scenes! So glad you had some extra time to stamp!

  16. your hot glue experiment is amazing, did it melt the card? I love hot glue and embossing powder but this takes it to another level.
    love the scenes with you dry wall tape, so serene :)

  17. stunning cards, i love both!

  18. WOW! I LOVE how you try new techniques and they come out so beautiful, you have a very creative eye.

  19. Yes always interesting to try something new. I always learn something new when I pop in....Thank you once again x Gorgeous cards, thank you for the inspiration x

  20. Gorgeous cards Karen, love the colors, images and design! I'm one of your followers. :)
    Hugs, Sherry x
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

  21. Beautiful cards and perfect quotes. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff.

  22. Somehow I missed these two cards Karen and they are gorgeous. I love the cranes and the embossed hot glue really does look like the white crests of waves, and then the second looks great with the drywall tape stencilling in the background, and the blues and greens make a fabulous backdrop to the lovely cranes. x

  23. You are so brave to try different techniques, Karen. The hot glue idea works great for waves and I could see it as snow.

  24. Two beautiful cards Karen. That's a fantastic technique and looks very impressive. Thanks for sharing. Barbxx

  25. Two beautiful cards. The first one reminded me of a snow bank with the beautiful blue of the water showing below. How smart of you to use the drywall tape. [Bunny]

  26. Fabulous cards. What an interesting technique x