Tuesday 18 June 2013

...summer starts here

This is my entry to the WMS blog party in This Post

There are still a couple of hours left to enter the links close at 6:30pm my time tonight! The theme is Summertime fun....check out the details in the post below or click here.

I made a little scrappy card because summer for me is usually all about what bits of the beach I find scrunched up in my pocket later on... I'm not much of a beach bod myself but I do like to see the wee folk having fun so we go as weather permits...

Anywhoo I have a wee how-to on how to create a fast simple scene with My Island stamps and a brayer.

I used my brayer to create instant location! I was not particularly careful because careful is time consuming and I have no spare time available for consumption today.

I just inked it up and rolled back and forward about 3 rolls... think that's Daffodil Delght SU...

Inked the brayer with orange ink and rolled, more so towards the bottom of the yellow panel..

Inked brayer in brown - early Espresso SU (without washing...because that's how I roll....LOL...did you see what I did there...) with the brown ink I picked a spot about a third of the way up and sat the brayer down. I rolled it back and forward for a distance of about a quarter inch and when it had made a nice heavy brown line I rolled it on down to the bottom. Instant evening sea.

I inked the small palm tree Island from My Island and stamped it on the brown 'horizon' line that I just brayered. Done. Mere seconds of work.....

I trimmed out the image, distressed and stitched around it - I also ended up folding it up a little to make it more square to suit my card base better.

Below are the  two patterns I made with stamps for some background interest - I love that little hibiscus group from Free Spirit. Stamped it on some pattern paper and added a litttle of the blue tone via copics.

went mad with the sewing machine, but it feels like ages since I have sewn anything so...

Layered it all up and stuck it down with a little help from home made washi tape - see here for how to make some of your own.

Hope it tickles!


  1. Wow! I wish I was that handy with my sewing machine - it scares the wotsits out of me!

  2. Love it ! Beautiful beach card and I love the step-by-step on how to make it!

  3. wonderful distressed and layered patterns Claire!

  4. This is stunning Claire!! Your water actually looks like it's sparkling! What a fantastic idea to use the brayer that way!! WOW!!

  5. Claire gorgeous card and you are so brave taking on a brayer. LOL The colours blend perfectly.

  6. It most definitely tickles...
    I was trying to figure out how you got that background when I first saw the card...
    well duh!
    I need to READ instead of just looking! :)
    LOve everything about this...
    has such a casual, relaxed feel...
    just like a day at the beach should! :)

  7. Love the card Claire! Thanks for the tip on making "instant island" with the brown and the brayer!! Hugs! :-)

  8. Claire this is so nice to have a sneak peek " HOW IT´S MADE " ;) perfect colours and I sooo love the stiches :)

  9. I really must get my sewing machine set up when I get back to the States. I think this is absolutely super! Love the texture and the pretty background you made with the hibiscus (love this stamp).

  10. What a wonderful card! I just love it, and your details about how you made it. I can't wait to try that with my brayer!

    Chris L.

  11. Hi Claire! This is such a cool card!! Love the beach scene and the beautiful sunset colours. It looks amazing!! LOVE it!!

  12. Thanks for the 'how to' I wish my brayer and be could become friends....I work on it!
    Your card is wonderful, love the real sewing and the vintage layers- fits very well together!
    In the moment we have an African heat wave here in Germany and yes, summer started right here ;), just the palm trees are missing...

  13. This is lovely - I do like the pretty blue hibiscus paper and the stitched detail. Thanks for sharing how you made the island!

  14. This has the look of fabric Claire~lovely stitching and flow of layers!

  15. love the effect the brayered colors look with the images. great job.


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