Saturday, August 1, 2020

CAS Mix Up Watercolour August Challenge: Beach

A fun Summer time Challenge hosted by Loll.
Be sure and keep your design Clean and Simple.

You have until the 24th to play along.
Be sure and check out the DT and our awesome Guest Designer,  
Brenda's inspiring cards too.

My Beach CAS Card

I cut a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.
Then masked the borders using masking tape.

Next used Distress Oxide inks and make up brush to blend all my colors.
Starting with Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and then Antique Linen.
Next blended in Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch then Shaded Lilac.
Then spritzed liberally with water using T.H. Distress Sprayer and blotted
excess water with paper towel.  This gave the watercolor effect.
I dried with heat tool.

Placed  card front in MISTI and stamped the sweet Inkadinkado "Down by the 
Seaside" image, which included the sentiment using Archival Black ink.
Don't we all wish we could be down by the seaside on a hot Summer day?

I added the stamped birds from the same set.
To finish the image I used a Staedler Black Pen and ruler to add the frame and Done!

Thanks to my dear friend Darnell (aka Dolly) I had one beach stamp set that
she kindly gave me at our 2018 Retreat.  Thanks again Dolly:-)

We would love to have you join us with your CAS watercolored beach cards.
Love and Hugs...

Stamps: Inkadinkado "Down by the Seaside"
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Archival Jet Black Ink.  Distress Oxide Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and then Antique Linen.  Next blended in Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch then Shaded Lilac.
Accessories: T. H. Distress Sprayer.  Staedler black pen. Masking tape. paper towels. heat tool.

Adding to NBUS Challenge #17:  My 1st time to use the "Down by the Seaside" stamp.  Thank you again Dolly for gifting me the set:-)  Love and Hugs...Nancy


  1. Love that sky, it turned out brilliantly. That little boy with his bucket reminds me of when my kids used to love searching the beach at low tide xx

    1. Thank you Hilary. We live only 45 minutes from the beach, so spent years going to the beach with our kids. Wonderful memories and yes, they always had a pail in their hand for their beach treasures:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

  2. Gorgeous beach scene Nancy. LOVE your watercoloured background ... so peaceful and relaxing. Great work with that Staedler pen! xx

  3. such a sweet beach scene Nancy, Love your NBUS stamp :)

  4. Oh, my gosh, this is a familiar scene, but not for many years. We still go to the beach, but now it's with the dogs. How sweet this is, Nancy! I love your blended and spritzed background, and the silhouette stands out beautifully against it.

  5. What a fun beach scene, Nancy! Love the look of the ink blending and spritzing that's so perfect for this stamp! Those were the days when we took the kids to the beach and they collected all the treasures from the sea! A wonderful reminder, my friend!

  6. This is just a wonderful little scene Nancy, your background is lovely and I really like the stamp - reminds me of collecting shells when I was a child. Great card

  7. Your card really caught my eye, Nancy! I LOVE this. The sponging is so well done and what a wonderful image and sentiment. The black border is great - something I will try instead of cutting 1/16 inch mats. This is such a peaceful scene.

  8. A beautiful, nostalgic beach scene. Your sea and sky blended so beautifully and I love the movement of the sand. Great card!

  9. There isn't a walk on the beach that doesn't include bringing home a pocket-full of 'treasures', Nancy! Oh my goodness is this a precious stamp! and you've created a lovely, beachy home for it!

  10. Such a special beach background with special intense colours for this gorgeous silhouette boy. This card is a treasure in itself. Love it!

  11. Fantastic beach scene, Nancy! I especially love the colors and visual texture of the ocean and the sky! The black sweet silhouette and the sentiment beautifully stand out against the background. The hand-drawn think frame adds definition. I'm sure everyone remembers their fond beach memories when they see this card. I did. :-) Thank you for your inspiration, my friend!
    Hideko xx

  12. Lovely card, Nancy - makes me want to be on a beach! Beautiful colouring of sand, sea, and sky.

  13. just a fab beachy card the colour blends and that sweet image...reminds me of my boys when they were little.
    sending hugs take care,
    xx Karen

  14. Great scene Nancy, love your water coloured background and the Silhouette scene.

  15. You are really deft with making beachy watercolored scenes, Nancy! You nailed the sand and the wonderful shades of the Oregon sky at dusk! It's a perfect background for that stamp set! Thank you for bringing back many happy memories of our Daniel and then years later, of Adam and Henry. I hope you are keeping well! Miss you! Love and hugs, Dolly

    1. Gosh...all I had to do was whine at our retreat because I did not have any beach stamps and you tossed me your stamp set...gee..will have to try that trick again:-) I miss you too my dear sweet, silly and extremely talented friend!!!! Stay Safe and Happy...that is what we are doing! Love and Hugs to you, Kevin and all the family:-)

  16. Oops, I forgot to add a thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS!! Mwah!

  17. Beautiful beach scene Nancy, your watercolouring is perfect xx

  18. A very nostalgic scene and a beautiful background wash!

  19. It's so beautiful and makes me think of happier times in a different world. Have a beautiful week my friend

  20. What a peaceful and memorable card Nancy, with wonderful water colouring x. A perfect Beach scene x.

  21. Beautiful beach scene. Ink blending and spritzing is my kind of watercoloring. Great colours and the silhouette images are so sweet. .


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