I created this card for the South Burlington stamp club group. We were meeting at the end of May, so I wanted to highlight a product that wasn’t retiring due to “flexible” inventory levels. I didn’t want to entice them with something that was gone by the time that I placed their order. This set was introduced in the Occasions catalog and has carried forward into the new catalog that just launched. I’m so happy about that because the scenes that you can create with this set are truly amazing.

We used the masking technique to create the illusion of the land and lighthouse being in front of the ocean. We stamped the sandy beach in Crumb Cake first, and then stamped the shadow-y side of the lighthouse in Basic Gray. There is a little opening in the beach stamp to hold the bottom of the lighthouse. Then we created a mask in copy paper using the same stamps and cutting along the edges. Once the masks were in place with repositionable adhesive, we stamped the water stamp to create the ocean. We used an aquapainter very lightly to add a little water and cause the ink from the water to spread out a little bit to soften the edges. The white layer is Thick Whisper White which can handle a little water without warping better than regular Whisper White. After that was done and dry, we removed the masks and completed the rest of the stamping. I do have a funny to share… I just realized last evening when I was getting this photo ready to post, that the sun is on the wrong side of the lighthouse to create the shadow that you see. Oh well, I still really like this card, and imperfections like this tell the recipient that it is home made. laugh

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