To Find a Seashell in the Summer

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.

To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko

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.


To find a seashell text stamp, framed piece with origami shell

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.


To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko, stamped on collage paper

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!




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