Friday, August 7, 2015

A Day at the Shore

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Looks like summer is really here with temperatures around 90* and rising. Just thinking about a day at the shore brings a smile to my face. Even though I don’t like to actually swim in the ocean, I do love hearing the waves, wading in the surf and sitting under a palm tree in the shade. Follow along to create this fun card!


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white, blue and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Wescott™ personal paper cutter
  • Scor-Pal™ (Love the new 1/8version)
  • Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
  • Dies: Impression Obsession™ #190-C & 78-C
  • Spellbinders™ IN-038 Paradise Palm
  • ColorBox Stylust™ and tips or make-up sponge
  • Med. blue, light golden tan & green water-based ink pads
  • Thin piece of plastic with a straight edge
  • Beacon™ ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Scrap of white card stock
  • Double sided foam tape or dots
  • Tiny container of water

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create a sheet each of heavy weight light blue & tan paper. 
  2. Dry the sheets of paper.
  3. When the sheets of handmade paper are dry, cut or tear the blue sheets in half creating two 5 ½ x 8 ½’ cards. Score and fold the cards.
  4. Tear or cut the tan sheet in half. Tear an approx. 11/2” piece for the sand.
  5. Tear a curved shape from the middle forming sand dunes on each side. (Save all the scraps.)
  6. Die cut 1 tiny seagull & 2 chairs for each card from the white card stock.
  7. Die cut the palm trees for each card from a scrap of the tan handmade paper.
  8. Shade the palm tree trunks and the bottom part of the sand dunes with the golden tan ink and Stylust™ tips or make-up sponge.
  9. Dampen the tip or sponge with a tiny bit of water to be able to blend the colors.
  10. Clean the tip or sponge between colors. Dry the tip or sponge on a towel.
  11. Shade the palm tree fronds with the green ink. Clean & dry the tip or sponge.
  12. Add some blue ink to the sky forming clouds. Blend with a damp tip or sponge.
  13. Use the plastic’s straight edge, the tip or sponge and the blue ink to create the water line.
  14. Blend with a damp tip or sponge.
  15. Attach the tiny seagull to the sky & the sand dunes to the bottom of the card with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  16. Attach the straps to the tiny sandals with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  17. Attach the palm trees, flip flop sandals and chairs to the card front with tiny pieces of foam tape or dots.

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