Sunday, 15 July 2012

Inky, messy fun

I have had such a lovely time today getting all inky and messy. For the first time in ages I had time to have a trawl through my fav challenge sites and have a play at my craft desk, and here’s the result -  


This is my fav sentiment stamp at the moment – courtesy of Tim Holtz, and I’ve teamed it with this Kanban lighthouse stamp, my thinking was that lighthouses guide ships through a storm !  I first created a ‘beachy’ background with distress stains, Distress inks, perfect pearls mist and Adirondack colour wash, and my own Distress re-inker spritz. I stamped shells with walnut stain DI and used my paper distresser round the edges. I stamped the lighthouse scene on tissue paper and used Ranger ‘glue N seal’ to blend it into the background before painting with DI and some white paint.


The sentiment is stamped on sticky back canvas, which I first coloured with distress stains then frayed before sticking onto contrasting card. The umbrella is shrink plastic, hand drawn and coloured with Pro-Markers.

I’m sharing in these challenges -

Fashionable Stamping – Messy and inky

Sentimental Sundays – Rough around the edges

Artful Times – A mode of transport (sailing ship)

The Stamp Man – Anything goes/Summer colours

Unruly PaperArts 1 – Beautiful Beach

Happy Daze – Summer Holiday


  1. Fabulous and Unruly that makes it pretty much perfect LOL XOXO Zoe

  2. Smashing card Esther, loving all the layers and textures. Thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze, Annette x

  3. A fab play with textures and techniques Esther :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Artful Times
    Von x☺x

  4. Hi
    The colours are so beautifully muted, as though washed out by the sun.
    Beautiful textures.
    Thank you for joining us at FSC.

  5. Delightful page! I love all the great texture that you included in your scene!

    Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

    Don't forget to come back and vote for your favorite entry on the 26th!

  6. Lovely images and a great feeling of excitent to this

    Love Chrissie cxxx

  7. Wow! You have created a beautiful card with multiple techniques. Love your soft color palette too. Thanks for joining us at FSC! Best wishes, Yvonne

  8. Great piece. Love the techniques used & that is one of my fav sentiments too!

  9. I love the colours and images that you've used on your fabulous card Esther.
    xxx Hazel.

  10. Lovely sentiment on a lovely card Esther. I love the colours you have used and the addition of the umbrella is fab.
    Hugs, neet xx

  11. Great card with a true text!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  12. Fabulous result Esther especially the sentiment on the sticky back canvas.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  13. Love this Esther! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Happy Daze, Sam x

  14. Wow, you've created a fabulous piece of art, love every detail on it. The quote is one of my favorites, too.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  15. Love your card liking the textures and colours right up my street....I love to get messy and inky too

    Maggie H

  16. Such a fabulous use of different materials and mediums. Love all the dimensions on it. Fab job. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

  17. Love the inky background! The stamping on the canvas is fab too!

  18. Love this, you have inspired me to create another seaside theme :0)

  19. Only just managing to do my comments Esther! A fabulous creation and love that saying (I adore this one!) combined with your sea theme.
    Thanks for getting inky with FSC.
    Fliss xx


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