It’s not Friday and it’s Sabrina here, popping by with an extra post; to mark the start of the traditional holiday season here in Europe I am using the “To find a seashell” stamp from Art Neko to create a Seashells and Summer project.
I’m sure I mentioned when I first uploaded a project using this stamp that I grew up within earshot of the sea – and we also spent most summer holidays somewhere within walking distance of the sea too – or at least a lake. Isn’t there something so relaxing about being beside water? And even on a lake beach you can find shells to add to the magic of the day. Something my husband and I bring along with us on most holidays is a couple of origami books and a small supply of paper – a great rainy-day activity. So I have combined summer shells and origami for this little shadow box.
There are some great shell collage papers in the Art Neko store – my finished project uses the Printed Collage Seashells on Sand , which has a great sandy colour, but I confess that originally I wanted to use the Printed Collage Seashells on White version, but I got a couple of blue splashes on it and I am too much of a perfectionist. As you can see, I stamped my sentiment directly on the collage paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder for a little extra definition. WIth a curved die, I cut a shoreline edge, and layered it on top of a piece of card which I had coloured by smooshing it in a couple of distress oxide inks (I used salty ocean and faded jeans), and I also added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder for some salt spray. I trimmed this to 4″ by 6″ to fit in my shadow box frame.
My origami shell was folded from some old paper I found on my shelves, using a design by Tomoko Fuse. I have a couple of her books, but not this particular one. I found a great video on YouTube which she had authorised, you can find it here. Luckily I had made two shells, because this one looks better with the sand-coloured collage sheet, whereas the other one looked great on the white shell background. My first trial version I folded from thin copy paper, and it too is lovely enough to use on a project some time, and is almost flat. This one is quite dimensional, which I hope you can see a little in the final photo.
Thanks for coming by this week. Enjoy what’s left of the summer, and capture some memories of it for the winter.
p.s. – did you check out the lovely Mermaid release from Art Neko? I think this sentiment goes well with mermaids, once you have a seashell in there somwhere!