I started by creating the background panels using up the papers to create some bright square cards. Then I stamped the beach hut images and coloured them with promarkers in similar colours to the papers.
I also added ribbons to the papers. The sentiments were stamped on card I had coloured with the same promarkers colours so everything tied in.
Inside the card I stamped a beach hut using a pale grey ink so it was like a watermark.
I also decorated the envelope with a beach hut image but stamped in grey archival to give it more emphasis.
Almost every month I join in with the swap of a decorated tag over at UK stampers forum and this month I’ve decided to join in again.
I grabbed lots of strips of scrap paper that were sitting on my desk to coat a tag. They happened to have come from the Christmas papers but weren’t overtly Christmas designs so work for anytime of year.
Once glued down I scraped some gesso down the centre and as it’s old gesso it’s gone quite thick so perfect for stamping into as it holds the shape well. I used a random text stamp from an old magazine set.
Next I stamped the Art by Marlene beach hut stamp onto a panel of cardstock and added that to the front of the tag using dimensional tape.
I coloured elements of the stamp with my water colour pencils and added glossy accents to the roof to add more dimension.
I then added an Art by Marlene sticker as the title and doodled round it.
I finished the tag with black archival ink on the edge and some scraps of ribbon and twine through the top.
Love how this came out and pleased I could use up some of the off cuts that were on my desk for this tag.
Today I have some bunting to share which is for the UK stampers forum swap. The theme for this swap is Monochrome, so I went for the turquoise colours as my monochrome.
I stamped the beach hut from Marlene using the archival inks and then used distress crayons to watercolour the image. I also added some ink blending round the edge and a little bit of stamping to provide some texture. I then splattered the art alchemy sparks paints to give it some shimmer. Next I added the hand stamped sentiment and edged it with some Inktense.
I love this image and the gentle finish this bunting had.
It’s been a fun swap to get involved in and I’ve loved creating the flags and receiving some fun bunting in return.