Monday, March 7, 2016

Which Way To The Beach

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Take A Leap" Challenge...we hope you can join us this week too...

and we are challenging you to...


this week we are showcasing Darkroom Door don't have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used on your projects. I have been dipping my toes into the waters of art journalling...a bit of a sink or swim adventure for me...just managed to keep my head above water and not sure I pulled it off but I sure had some messy fun trying.
I started off by giving the pages of my Dylusions Small Art Journal a coat of White Gesso and then smeared on Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints blending it in with my fingers followed by a dab here and there of White Gesso.
Then I stamped the bubbles from the Darkroom Door "Under The Sea" stamp set in Black and Forget Me Not Archival Ink and highlighted the bubbles with a White Signo Uni-ball Pen.

I stamped the greenery at the bottom of the pages with Fern Green Archival Ink and highlighted the edges again with the Signo Uni-ball Pen.
To create the sea bottom I applied White Texture Paste with a palette knife and sprinkled on Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powders...waited for half an hour or so for the Texture Paste to be almost dry and then melted the embossing powders with the Heat It Tool...the photograph doesn't really show the texture but it's as near the feel of real sand as you can get. I stamped some fish directly on to the pages and the rest on to Ranger Watercolor Paper with Black Archival Ink...coloured them in with Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Mini Ink pads using the Detailer Water Brush...drying between layers to build up the colours...cut them out and arranged on my seascape highlighting around their eyes and applying small dots on the bodies of some with the White Signo Uni-ball pen...
I overstamped both pages with the Darkroom Door Scratches stamp inked with SimonSaysStamp White Pigment Ink pad and created lots of splatters using Picket Fence Distress Paint and the Splatter Brush...
added Life Quotes Remnant Rubs and Small Talk Stickers...

and to finish off...I popped a small amount of Pearl Perfect Pearls into a Mini Mister and sprayed all over to soften the colours and give everything a pearly finish.
You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store by clicking on the links below...
Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge blog and check out the gorgeous backgounds that my team mates have created...
I look forward to seeing the backgrounds you all create and as always you have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...
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Thanks for stopping by...happy crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. I now have that song, "And they swam and they swam all over the dam" stuck in my head. I think this is so clever and playful! Just darling.

  2. Ohh when I go snorkelling or scuba diving in the sea just 5 mins from where I live it looks just like this!! ;-) no seriously it does!! you captured the underwater world perfectly, the colours and the sandy bottom are awesome! LOVE it!!
    I have an art journal and have only ever done one page, I need to get it out and give it a go too, thanks for the inspiration ;-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Fabulous pages and loving the theme.
    Linda xxx

  4. Love your fishy pages Kath and such wonderful colours


  5. Wonderful pages. Love those colours, and I wish I could see and feel the texture IRL.

  6. Love all the cool details and textures!

  7. Wow Kath, this is an absolutely fabulous first try!! I love sea themes and this page is gorgeous, I love the scratches stamp and how the splattering looks like real bubbles. I also love how you coloured and placed the fish - this really is a stunning make! I LOVE IT!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Love all the texture and colours Kath x

  9. What super pages Kath. The colours are fabulous and the scratches stamp gives a great effect.
    Toni xx

  10. Kath, what awesome pages! Love how you created your sandy bottom, and you have such a delightful mix of little swimmers in there!

  11. Fabulous background, pages and post Kath, love it.
    Hope you are having a good week.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  12. Gorgeous art journaling pages, Kath! The texture you added to the water portion makes it look even more real!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. What a gorgeous underwater scene you created! I love the sand and can't wait to try that technique soon.

  14. What a wonderfully whimsical piece! I really like how you added some humor with the arrows! I thought that might be a handy thing for underwater traffic! I also thought the bubbles were a lot of fun and paired so nicely with the sophisticated fish images!

  15. Gorgeous pages! The sea theme is one of may faves! These stamps are so beautiful and the background fantastic! Love so much the arrows! BArbara

  16. Great effect! The bubbles looks like there is a real water on your pages! Love this. Hugs, Marzena

  17. This are such fun and beautiful journal pages, Kath. Love the fabulous colors and the images :)

  18. This is such a fun art journal page, Kath! I love the colors and details in your background.

  19. Gorgeous art journal spread, Kath! Love those fishies! The sand is perfect! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Gorgeous art journalling, Kath and I love the background, the texture and those lovely fish swimming around ~ great fun piece! x

  21. Beautiful art journal page Kath! I love all those fishes and the background is stunning, with the water, texture and sand.

  22. This art journal page makes me miss seaside! I cannot believe it has been almost 4 years since last time I went to the sea for an holiday...and I live in Italy! I definitely need to stop and appreciate the seaside for now I will enjoy and dream through your art journal page! HUGS! Zoey


Thanks for taking the time to visit me in the cubbyhole...I love to hear from you.
hugs Kath xxx