I grew up within earshot of the sea, so when I came across this To Find a Seashell stamp in the store, it was a definite must-have. It brings back memories of many childhood visits to the beach. The North Beach, nearest our house, was very stony, but the South Beach was near where we went to school, and in the summer term we often used to go for a picnic lunch after school and spend the afternoon playing, and that was the beach where we mostly found shells.
I’ve made a very simple project using this stamp – just a bit of watercolour wash and a couple of paper shells, set in a plain white frame. It could equally well be made with stamped shells – there are a couple on the Japanese Marine Sheet 1 (which also includes the sentiment stamp), and more on the Japanese Marine Sheet 2. Sheet 2 includes the sentiment “all the way to the blue sky’s edge… low tide” – I think there’s just as much magic and wonder in that as there is in the one I used.
I bought a white frame in our local €2 store – and did well, I’d been expecting to only find something that I would have had to alter, but this clean white frame was just perfect for what I wanted. The aperture in it is 6″ x 4″, so I cut a piece of card a little larger, and added a wash with some Twinkling H2Os. When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger’s Archival Black, so that it wouldn’t smudge on the watercolour.
Then I added a couple of paper shells – the photo below shows how I created them. After cutting them, I sponged them with distress inks, and the purple line and splotches on the smaller shell were added with an Inktense pencil. I used one coat of satin varnish on them, just to add to the shell-like appearance. I learned how to make these some years ago from an upload by Gem35 on Splitcoaststampers, and have made them often since then.
And then I simply added the shells into my picture, popping the smaller one up on foam tape.
Thanks for coming by the blog this week, I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared. Find a world of imagination this weekend and explore it. Find a seashell, if you’re lucky enough to live near the seaside!