Stamplorations Guest Designer- July Challenge: Stamps and Distressing

I am happy to be Guest Designing for Stamplorations’ July Challenge: Stamps and Distressing, this month.

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Slide2The shell image is a Stamplorations digital stamp which I duplicated, resized, overlapped and then printed onto some water-color paper. seashell-stamplorationsdigipreview

A couple of photos served as inspiration for this card.

Beach with conch shell under blue sky       Conch Shell


To start, I used some dish soap bubbles, tinted with re-inkers, to create some different watercolor background papers. I chose one of these papers to use as the water for this card.  (You can see the piece I used in the photo below, the one on the top right.)


Click on this photo for more information about how I made these papers.

Then I roughly sponged some Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink onto the corners and some SU Soft Sky over the rest.


Next, I added Glossy Accents and used white and silver gel pens to create little circles as bubbles. I applied ink to the shells with a little water and a paint brush. I sponged on a variety light brown inks, SU and Tim Holtz,  to make the sand. Then I brushed on some more ink and water and dabbed/rubbed it off to add some texture to the sand. I’m usually more a CAS type gal, but I had a lot of fun making this mixed media card!Slide2


I did some fussy cutting and then assembled the pieces with a base of white cs, some Tombow Mono Lquid adhesive and 3M foam tape to pop the shells up a little. Lastly, I adhered the panel to a piece of SU Blushing Bride and then attached it to a Night of Navy base. This is a large card, measuring about 5″ x 5 3/4″. I’m going to lay this over at SSS Monday’s Challenge: Summer.


Thank you, Shery, for choosing my card as a top pick and giving me the privilege of Guest Designing for this month’s challenge!

Slide3I hope that you like my card and enjoyed this post. Please stop on over at the Stamplorations Blog for the July Challenge for more inspiration from the other Guest Designers and the Stamplorations Girls!

Thanks for stopping by!


Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog


20 thoughts on “Stamplorations Guest Designer- July Challenge: Stamps and Distressing

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  3. Gorgeous texture in your water and love the way the shells overlap from the sandy portion of the card. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  4. Wow … totally in love with that background, Melissa. And your shells are so real looking. Congrats on the GD spot. You’ve created an inspiring card, xx

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