Fun in the Sun Beach Card

On this Labor Day holiday, I figured it’s appropriate to post a day-at-the-beach card to celebrate hard work–and a relaxing day off.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

In Florida, most of us live in flip-flops practically year-round. Ironically, I prefer to go the beach during the non-summer months when there’s less chance of rain. But I love the idea of sitting by the waves on a sunny beach!

And I love these dies from Lil’ Inker Designs. Aren’t the flip-flops adorable? I accented them with little pink rhinestones, but the dies come with decorative hearts and flowers that you can add to them as well. I popped them up using foam adhesive.

The sun also comes from a Lil’ Inker Designs die. I die-cut it from a yellow patterned piece of paper, then ran it through my Xyron to coat the front part in adhesive. Then to make it sparkle, I sprinkled Recollections fine glitter in a shimmering golden yellow on top. I burnished it with my fingertip, really rubbing it in. After shaking off the excess, it actually feels more like velvet than glitter. To add a little more interest, I snipped off the sun rays at various links (and because I adhered it too close to the card edge, LOL.)

All the patterned papers come from a 6″ x 6″ paper pad from Heidi Grace, Sunshowers. I took two different teal patterns to create the waves with my Fiskars waves punch. On top of that I layered a textured piece of off-white paper to create the sandy beach. I used craft scissors to create an uneven shoreline, then lightly edged it with a foam blending tool and Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

All of these items I adhered to a Bazzill card stock base in pale blue. I rounded all four corners with my Corner Chomper and stamped a Fun in the Sun sentiment from a Penny Black clear stamp set of the same name. Lastly, I added two pink rhinestones to flank the message.

What do you think? Does this card encourage you to enjoy a fun vacation by the beach?

I hope so. Thanks for stopping by!

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Beach Day Card

I’m on a watercolor roll! Here’s a fun card to kick off the summer season.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

I absolutely love this Beach Day stamp set from Penny Black. The little girl so reminds me of my little niece on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, resolutely making sand castles and bossing her older cousins when they waded too far into the surf. Makes you ready for summer vacation, doesn’t it?

Once again I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water brush to color the images. It’s funny, I was so “in the zone” when I colored this, I automatically colored the toy horse’s head brown, without realizing the rest of the inner tube was blue. Oh well, my horse inner tube is two-toned! Makes it unique! LOL.

To mimic the sand and blue skies, I used extra water with the tan and blue markers to lightly paint the background. I added Diamond Stickles to the sun to make it sparkle.

The paper is from the DCWV Citrus Matstack. The final touch was a yellow and white Doodlebug twine wrapped at the top.

Please let me know what you think. I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, hopefully with at least a little time at a beach, river or lake!