Paradise Beach

This weeks challenge at Stamp n Doodle is ST. PATRICK’S DAY and/or GREEN and GOLD, you can use the theme, colours or both on your creation.

My Blog Hop Winner from last week was:


who kindly participated in the hop and left comments on the blogs of all our DT members,
thank you also to everyone who played along, and left their fabulous cards on the Stamp n Doodle challenge blog.

If you would like to email me Joan at claire@cnewcombe.co.uk,  I can arrange for the digi image I used in the hop to be sent to you,



I chose to go with using the colours this week and used the idyllic Paradise Exotic beach image from Stamp n Doodle shop
……ahhh, who wouldn’t want to be walking along that beach watching the sunset ?
I wanted to keep the card simple so that the image can be the focal point.

Card Recipe
Base card – lime green 8×8″ scalloped card by papermania
Basic Grey, Origins collection (sea salt)  patterned paper
Basic Grey co-ordinating stickers
Gold card stock
4 gold brads
Laser suitable acetate
Ranger Alcohol Inks – Citrus, Aqua, Watermelon, gold mixative
1) I printed the image at true size (5×4″) onto laser acetate.
2) Onto a piece of smooth card (5×4″) I used the alcohol inks to create the mood of the sunset beach colours, and my aim was to coincide a strip of blue and the red with the level of the sea. Instead of randomly dabbing the colours, I swiped them from left to right, flowing with the horizon.  By changing the colours and pattern of the inks, the mood of the image can really be altered.
3) I mounted the acetate, alcohol ink layer, and the gold card mat all together with 4 gold brads.
4) I cut the patterned paper from 12×12″, to 8×8″, according the orientation of the pattern. y placing the mounted image on the paper, it was covering some of the lovely flowing pattern – and as I am very fond of all the backing paper I have (something I’m sure you’ll understand) the solution was to use a craft knife, cut around the essential parts of the pattern, and have them layer over the main image (a bit like a photo corner if you will).
5) The text was mounted firstly onto the same basic paper, then mounted again onto the reverse of the same sheet and gently nestled under the image.
6) The flourish in the top corner, and the flower next to the text are from the stickers sheet accompanying the paper collection (Basic grey, origins).
I hope this has given you some inspiration and confidence in using this type of digi image. The solid blackness can be a little intimidating – but honestly it really needn’t be. Experiment and don’t be frightened to use colour, or something a bit different.
Have fun with it.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a read.

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