Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea

Good Wednesday morning.  My beach scene today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use the Stampin’ Up! colors Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.  I substituted Old Olive for the Wild Wasabi cardstock and Kraft cardstock and Antique Linen ink for the Crumb Cake.  I always tend to go for aqua when making my beach scenes and felt the Pacific Point ink and paper would be way too dark.  But when I was finished sponging on the water I decided it created perfect contrast for the green palm trees and the all white frame so I used it for the chair as well as the frame mat.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really like the bold colors. 

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 right

I thought while I was making this I would take a few shots of how I apply the embossing paste to the water for sea foam.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have no real experience with embossing paste other than dabbing a little of on my water.  I think it would be great to use for snow as well.  But I haven't used it with stencils or other types of techniques.

I started by sponging in the sand, masking off the sky area and sponging in the water and then removing the mask and lightly sponging in the sky.  I heat set the ink before starting to apply the embossing paste but with this dark colored ink it still comes up from under the paste a little. 


I use the triangle shaped palette to apply the paste.  I just get a little at a time on the bottom of the palette.  What you see on the palette in the picture is almost a little too much.


To apply the paste I barely tap it on the paper so just a little of it sticks. It takes a very gentle touch to keep from getting a blob.  If you do get a blob clean off the palette with a rag and turn it on it’s side and scrape the edge along the blog to pick it up.  If a little of the paste remains just tap it lightly with the flat side of the palette to puff it up.  If it still remains a little flat looking just apply a tiny bit more paste on the palette and barely tap it over the spot.


Continue applying the paste across the page until you have the consistency that you like. 


I got a little carried away with the foam washing up on the sand and got a little too much…but I still like it.  I allowed the paste to dry well before starting to assemble the card.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 center

I created the double matted frame and attached it over the scene.  I attached the trees and sea grass in behind the frame using mounting tape and glossy accents. I started to use a white chair but I wanted to carry the bright blue of the mat and water to the frame.  I couldn’t resist adding a little pair of flip flops to finish.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

16 thoughts on “Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea”

  1. Kittie….
    I swear, when I think you’ve done your best, you do another amazing card….. This was absolutely gorgeous…. Now I’m going to HAVE to go to the coast….lol. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity

  2. I know I’ve said it before (well, I say it for each and every one of your projects) … You are INCREDIBLY TALENTED!! I love that you try new stuff and then share your results with us!! Using the embossing paste for sea foam? BRILLIANT!! I would NEVER have thought of that!! And then to show us exactly how you do it? AWESOME!! Thank you for the ongoing inspiration!! Of course, I have all the dies you used (which I purchased based on past projects seen on your blog), so I can’t wait to give this a try … off to search now for the embossing paste!! 🙂

  3. WoW!….another super beach scene,,,,and great tutorial with the paste. The sand looks like it is popped up…Love how the foam washes up on the sand…and your Pacific Point CS worked beautifully with the chair….think I will have to make this one….another one added to my beach collections….mostly from you of course….
    May have to go walk on the beach this morning….may be cooler..very hot her in NC

  4. this is so beautiful, and serene as well. I can almost feel the ocean spray on my face as I type. 😉 I’ll be giving this technique a try. thanks for showing us how you do it!

  5. I love your beach scenes. Thanks for showing a little of the process. I understand a bit more how you do this. Now to try it and see what happens!

  6. Good Afternoon, Kittie, this is a magnificent beach scene. I like the blue chair and flipflops, perfect accent. The embossing paste makes the ocean look real. You did a super job,and thanks so much for sharing your techniques. another saver to frame and enjoy, AH! now if I just had a beach cottage to do that with. One can dream. …..have a good day….LOL

  7. Kittie, thanks for adding the photos of how to apply the embossing paste to create waves. I’ve been wondering how to do that. I love the finished product. I always love bold colors and this card is just the ticket! TFS!

  8. Wonderful card. Thanks for the great tutorial on using the embossing paste. It’s a wonderful effect. Pinned of course.

  9. Kittie, I am in love with your Deep Blue Sea card!!
    The sea are so lifelike making your card a real Beauty!!
    Thank you soooo much for the great step by step.
    I love your technique and want love to try it.
    Hugs, Eva.


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