ahhhhh.... the beach

the sun, the waves, the tranquillity


5/3/20242 min read


Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Let’s get Started:

Card Base:  5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Border: 5.25 x 4*

Card Face:  5 x 3.75

* See Cheating on Layers and Borders under Stretch Your Pennies in the header

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face onto my Grip Mat and placed the stencil, carefully centering it on the card face.

  • I brushed on brown and blue inks to create the beach scene,  building up the colour along the edges just a bit.  

  • I removed the stencil and put the card face into my stamp positioner.

  • I stamped the chair in the lower right.

  • I added the branch and the blossoms.

  • I added two pieces of trailing greenery in a soft green to complete this image, giving a sense of gorgeous foliage  just steps from the beach.  This was second-generation stamping*,  as I wanted these leaves to be light and airy, rather than competing with the branch and blossoms.

  • I added the sentiment.

  • I removed the card face from the stamp positioner and used a punch to  round the top right and lower left corners.

See Generational Stamping under Techniques in the header.


I glued the border to the card base,  and the card face on top of these, centering carefully both times.

Final Thoughts:

I find this simple scene very tranquil and refreshing - exactly what I’d want to feel if I were sitting on a beach.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Marvellous Masks, Ovals, A Colorful Life Designs


Colorful Seasons,  Stampin’ Up!  (retired))

Forever Fern, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Cake Soire, Stampin’ Up! (retired))

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Versafine Onyx, Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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