It's Always Beach Weather on Paper!


Hello stamping friend! I’ve been dying to use this Hero Arts Layering Waves set again – I hope you like today’s card. We’ve been so lucky this week to be having sunny, warm weather. It’s like summer is giving us a preview! So, while it’s still a bit cool to be by the water without a sweater, I thought it’s always beach weather on paper! Hopefully today’s beach card will give you something to look forward to.


I’ve used this Layering Waves set from Hero Arts a couple of times before. If you missed those post, you can see the card here, and the ATC (Artist Trading Coin) here.  Both of those were sunset themes, so today I went with a sunny view.

It's Always Beach Weather on Paper!

Don’t you just feel like throwing down your blanket, and digging your toes in the sand?! I love how amazing companies and artists come up with products that we can use to make our projects so life-like!


First, you want to start with a panel of white cardstock. The easiest way to stamp the layers of colour is to set up your cardstock in your stamping tool, so it remains in the same place. Then all you have to do is switch out each of the 3 layers of stamps when applying the colours. Using the largest water image stamp from the Layering Waves stamp set, start with the lightest colour blue for the base. This give you your ‘base’ of water. Next, stamp your medium blue for the first layer of waves and then finally your darkest blue for the depth waves.  The colours I used are Salty Ocean, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks.

Create your sky by first blending on a light line of Mustard Seed Distress ink above the water line. Then, lightly blend some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide for the sky. I kept it nice and loose, so you can still see some white through the blue, for an illusion of clouds.

Now you want to blend some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink on the bottom portion of the panel, as a base for your sand. For all of my blending, I use the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I find that they do a good job of blending the inks, and having them in different sizes makes it easy to cover large and small areas.


Are you ready to have some fun?! This is where it can get a bit messy, but the results are so worth it! First, apply a Versamark ink pad directly over the sand area at the bottom of the panel. Next, liberally apply the Seth Apter Baked Textures embossing powder in Dirty Sand. This embossing powder is amazing stuff – it’s super granulated,with a mix of colour pigments, so that it actually looks and feels like sand! It does take a bit longer to set than normal embossing powder, but that’s what makes the magic! It does seem to actually ‘bake’, and is a bit glossy when done. But wait – don’t stop there! When the layer is cool, add another layer of Versamark ink directly on top of the first layer, and add a second layer of the Dirty Sand embossing powder. Set it again with your heat tool – and be amazed at the dimension! I stopped with the 2 layers, but you could add even more, if you want to.

To create the ‘foam’ from the waves, apply the Lacquer Pen where you want the foam, and the cover that with the Puff Embossing Powder from the Hero Arts Snow & Froth Technique Kit. Use your heat tool again to set these, and watch the embossing powder puff up!  Below is a picture that shows the incredible texture you get from the Baked Texture embossing powder, and the Snow & Froth products.

It's Always Beach Weather on Paper!

Isn’t’ this just awesome?!  I can’t get over how great these products are to use.

To finish off the front, stamp the sentiment from the Layering Waves stamp set in Versamark ink onto teal cardstock. Cover with white embossing powder (the regular kind) and set with a heat tool. Attach it to the front panel with foam tape.  Finally, layer the panel onto a piece of light teal cardstock, and then onto a base of dark aqua cardstock, all with foam tape or squares.


I highly recommend trying out these awesome products, and having fun! The Baked Textures embossing powders come in a range of colours, so you’re not limited to creating sand! In fact, new colours just arrived in the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store, which is where I got the Dirty Sand colour. I’ve included links below, if you’d like to order your own supplies.

Thanks for spending some time with me today – have fun creating!

It's Always Beach Weather on Paper!

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4 thoughts on “It’s Always Beach Weather on Paper!

  1. Wow! This is amazing! It makes me want to go to the beach. Of course, it is still in the 30’s are night here and we are lucky if it gets in the 50’s during the day, but I can dream and your card helps me!

    1. Yes, we’re back to overcast & showers today – but the forecast is for up to 21 Celsius this weekend! We just need to hang in there for the right weather, Susan. I’m glad you like my card – the textures are such fun!

    1. So glad that you like my beach card, Buffy! Florida in June – you’ll have an amazing time, I’m sure (yup, I wish I were going, too!)

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