Grab a cup of tea; or, in the case of this being a summery seaside project, maybe a glass of Pimm’s would be more appropriate; put your feet up and enjoy this one…
I have wanted to make a wall hanging plaque/sign for some time now, and as I am in love with these stamp sets by Sweet Dixie, I thought I would try and recreate a typical seaside scene, with the obligatory seagull!!
For the base of this project, I chose an MDF panel with holes pre-drilled at the top (bought from eBay) and painted this with 2 layers of white gesso
I used a sky blue acrylic paint for the sky, as well as a white and light grey and clouds, which I painted directly on to the MDT panel using my favourite tool – a baby wipe.
For the sea, I tore a piece from a sheet of A4 white cardstock, before painting this with acrylic paints in different shades of blue, and using a Pebeo blue/green iridescent paint, to add some shimmer to the water. Once this had dried, I applied some texture paste on the torn edge and randomly on the panel to make waves; when this was dry, I went in with some white acrylic paint to make the waves brighter. Once this was dry, I attached it to the panel using Pinflair Glue Gel, to raise it up from the background.
I wanted the beach to be in 2 levels and so I tore 2 more panels from the sheet of cardstock, making one deeper than the other. I covered each with VersaMark and applied Stampendous Embossing Powder in “Golden Sand” and heat set it. On the deeper piece of card, I also added a layer of distress ink in “Scattered straw” over the embossed panel to ensure that it was a slightly different colour to the front piece of sand, before edging both panels with Vintage Photo distress oxide. I added these 2 pieces of sand to the bottom of the MDF plaque using the Pinflair Glue Gel.
On a sheet of white card stock, I stamped one of the beach huts and the deckchair from Sweet Dixie stamp set called “Beach Huts”, as well as the boat and lighthouse images from the Sweet Dixie “Lighthouse” stamp set. I then coloured the images using Kuretake Zig Clean Colour pens and inked over the cut edges with “Watering Can” grey Archival ink and applied some Glossy Accents on the windows. I added highlights with a Signo white gel pen to all the images.
I then stamped out a few of the seashells and the starfish from the Sweet Dixie “Sea Creatures” stamp set. I coloured the shells with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints, to give them an iridescent shine. The starfish I stamped with Distress Ink in “Wild Honey” before activating the ink with a damp paintbrush and then adding a layer of clear embossing powder to give it a bit more dimension.
I die cut one the seagulls from the Joanna Sheen die called “Seagulls”, before inking the cut edges with the same grey ink as before.
Now for the assembling, everything was stuck down using the Pinflair Glue Gel, making this a very dimensional piece of home décor.
In the bottom corner of the plaque, I wanted to add a cluster by using shells, pearls, some crystals, as well as a little metal anchor charm that I found. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white card, before distressing the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool, before edging the panel with both grey and then brown ink. First of all, I added some mica flakes and used a matt medium to hold these in place, before sticking the other elements down with Glue Gel. I then also added some pearl dots using Ranger’s Liquid pearls. I then finished off the plaque by threading a bit of thin hessian rope through the holes and knotting securely at the back.
I was going to look at gifting this, but it looks quite nice hanging by my desk LOL. If you have enjoyed reading through this blog post, please do let me know by liking the post and following me on WordPress for more ideas and inspiration. I am also on social media – you can find me on Facebook by clicking here or on Instagram by clicking here.
Happy crating, Gem x
Look at the dimension!!!!!