Our swap theme for the May Saturday Stamp Club was "seashells" or "beach." Living here in the mountains of southern Colorado, sea or beach themed stamps and paper really aren't in my stash of supplies. It's not that I don't like this theme. It's just not relative to my surroundings. So, I turned to one of my favorite paper crafting techniques to help me: Iris Folding! I knew I could create a sunset beach scene using various designer series papers.
Here's what I came up with:
I started with a pattern I found in the book Iris Folding by Michelle Powell. I don't want to share the pattern here because it is copyrighted, but a quick internet search will bring up several free iris folding pattern sites. Pinterest is always a good place to look for ideas and patterns.
Here's one shared by the Circleofcrafters.com site (a great site with many FREE patterns and ideas!):
I used a variety of Designer Series Papers, some retired, some not. I added some sand castle stickers that I found on sale at our local ***mart for a little 3D effect. I wish I had more beach-themed greetings to use, but alas, it is not so. I chose the Happy Birthday stamp from the retired set Holidays and Wishes because it was long and I've always like the font.
Stamp Set: Holidays and Wishes
Ink: Island Indigo
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, various Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Paper trimmer,1 1 /4" circle punch, sand castle stickers