The Way to Use It Challenge on SCS today was to use stripes. As I was looking through all my different designer papers for something fun with stripes I ran across Papertrey’s Everyday Blessings Designer Paper with it’s gorgeous aqua and green and knew that was the one for me to work with.  I was instantly inspired to do a beach card and thought it would be fun to combine my watercoloring with paper piecing.

KC Fun in the Sun 5 I stamped the images with Brilliance Black on the various pieces of designer and embossed with clear embossing powder and cut them out to be pieced into the scene later.  I brushed watercolor paper with plain water to dampen the paper and to prepare for watercolor ink to be applied for the sky.  Then I brushed on a fairly dark shade of blue ink mixed with water and covered the complete sky area.  While it was still wet I brushed in a deep yellow mixture to create the sun shining in the sky. I allowed this to dry and went on to apply a deep brown mixture of color to an additional piece of paper to create the sand and allowed to dry.  I cut the sand paper with deckle scissors and stamped on brown dune images for texture. I wiped the edges of the sand directly of the ink pad to darken slightly. I stamped the green sea oats before I attached the sand pieces to the base layer of the scene. I started building my scene by attaching all the paper pieces together. When I was totally finished I set the scene down and looked at it for a few minutes before I could figure out what was wrong. Doh!  I had forgotten to sponge in my ocean line for the water. So I did the best I could to cover up the lady, umbrella and to create a straight line mask with paper and sponged in the ocean.  If you look close you will see that my ocean has a bit of a rounded curve in it.  Where is Christopher Columbus when you really need him?? I so love how the sky turned out on this project. It seems to almost match the light green in the designer paper umbrella.  I think you may have to look close to notice the stripes in the umbrella and towel but the stripes across the lady’s fanny are unmistable.  What was she thinking?  Anyway, I wish I going to be there tomorrow instead of going to work. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Stamps:  Kittie Kits –Cause a Scene Beach Master, Fun in the Sun, A Day at the Beach

Paper:  Papertrey Everyday Blessings DP, Aqua Mist, Fabriano Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black, Soft Sky, Adirondack Lemonade, Latte, Sandal, Distress Peeled Paint

Accessories:  Twill, Clear Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brushes, Dimensionals, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Stylus and Foam Tip, Mod Podge