Monday, 22 March 2021

Friends Are Like Seashells Stampin’ Up!® card ideas

Friends Are Like Seashells Stampin Up

I am a sucker for a seaside stamp set, always have been. Maybe it’s something to do with living in landlocked Derbyshire, arguably the furthest from the sea that you can get within the UK.

We still can’t travel to the seaside, but we can create seaside-themed projects using the lovely Friends Are Like Seashells stamp set. And if some of the sentiments are a bit too sentimental for my tastes, then the many, many stamps more than make up for this. 

After a tiring week, I spent a relaxed Saturday afternoon playing with this gorgeous stamp set and dies, creating a huge mess ... but ultimately coming up with these two cards.
For my first card I began by blending ink onto some Basic White cardstock using the fab.u.lous Blending Brushes and inks ink Bermuda Bay, Pretty Peacock (retiring soon!) and Granny Apple Green. I splashed this with water and allowed it to dry, then ran it through the Seabed Embossing Folder from the Whale of Time Suite. Yes, I do have quite a collection of sea-themed products. 
I used the Natural Touch Specialty Paper to cover the whole of my card front, then built up my collage using stamped and colours seashells. 
I stamped the shells in Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Pretty Peacock, colouring most of them in simply by dragging the colour around using a Blender Pen. The main shell had a touch of Granny Apple Green, too, then I finished it off with a hint of Wink of Stella.
My embellishments are Just Jade from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.

Friends Are Like Seashells Stampin Up
See the supply list here

I wanted my second card to look completely different so when for a totally uncharacteristic pink and white theme. I used the Seabed Embossing Folder as my base this time, then built up my image using various seashells stamped in – gasp – Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride. These are all colours from the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper, which I had intended to use, but in the end I couldn’t bear to cut it up. I know... after everything I’ve ever said! But I WILL cut it up soon, I promise. 
Again, I finished off with some swipes of Wink of Stella and that same pack of enamel dots, using the Magenta Madness dots this time. 
When creating a collage-effect card like this, arrange the elements then snap a photo with your phone, so you can see how you want them when you start removing them to add adhesive.
Something you should know about the Seaside Shells dies is that within the set is one BIG one which cuts out several large shells with lots of seaweed around it. This is very cool as it co-ordinates with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, which I sadly forgot to order. And if you position your stamps carefully, using the Stamparatus, you can stamp and die-cut (or the other way round) for perfect positioning every time.
If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the March host code HYEBNWP3, I’ll send you a thank you gift in April!

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