Monday, May 30, 2022

Ocean Seashell - Stampin' Up! Friends Are Like Seashells

   After seeing the fun inspiration photo the Just Add Ink challenge has for their current challenge I had to play along.  I mulled ideas for a few days then decided to do the rubbing alcohol and Stampin' Blends background technique.  I thought it would be a good way to incorporate the beautiful water colors from the inspiration photo.

  To get the cool background I colored different Blends markers in a diagonal across a piece of vellum then used an empty water painter and some rubbing alcohol to lightly blend the colors together adding a bit more color where needed.  Once the vellum was dry I tore one edge and then adhered it to a slightly larger piece of Basic White and then tore that edge to match.  

  I layered the panel onto a Crumb Cake card base and then added my other elements.  The shell is stamped in Crumb Cake and die cut and embossed for extra texture.  The seaweed pulls in the green of the trees in the photo.  The sentiment is stamped and added across the bottom of the shell.  For the embellishment I sprinkled some Faux Sea Glass Shapes on the edge for more texture.

  This was such a fun challenge and I was definitely inspired by it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Friends Are Like Seashells

Ink: Crumb Cake, Pretty Peacock (retired)

Blends: (from bottom to top) Pretty Peacock dark & light (retired), Bermuda Bay dark & light, Tahitian Tide dark & light, Pool Party dark

Paper: Crumb Cake, vellum, Basic White, Shaded Spruce

Accessories: Faux Sea Glass Shapes, dimensionals, Seaside Seashells dies, Seashells embossing folder, rubbing alcohol


  1. Wonderful - I love how you have captured the Inspiration pic. You background panel - vellum / rubbing alcohol technique is very striking - I love how the colours blend to create a unique piece. Chantell Just Add Ink

  2. Lovely background Amanda. Thanks for sharing how to do it and for joining us at Just Add Ink. Tristan DT.

  3. Just love the Blends background, Amanda. Such a fab watery look & the green seaweed behind the shell really works well. Lovely! Thanks for playing along with our Just Add Ink inspiration challenge.


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