Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

Ink Pad Swiped Backgrounds

There’s a few more weeks left of summer and today EH Ambassador, Jessica Frost-Ballas, is going to share how to create a simple beachy background using your favorite ink pads!

Hi friends! I just love the cute images in the new Essentials by Ellen Everything’s Beach set and wanted to create a fun beachy background! To start I swiped Fiesta Blue and Cummerbund ink across a panel of white cardstock. I kept the Fiesta Blue in the bottom right corner and lightened my hand as I swiped up so that it could blend with the Cummerbund. I kept swiping until it I was happy with the coverage and then set it aside to dry. I like that there are some subtle lines in the water as I feel like it looks the most realistic. Next I blended Antique Linen and Tea Dye distress oxide ink onto a panel of strathmore bristol smooth cardstock to create my sand. I kept the Tea Dye in the upper left corner for a little shading. Once I was done blending I tore the panel on a diagonal to get that white torn edge that looks like waves breaking on the water!

Once my background panels were dry I added my sentiment from Everything’s Beachy and adhered them together before adhering them to a top-folding card base. Next I stamped the umbrellas from Everything’s Beachy using Party Dress ink and heat embossed the outline with versafine and clear embossing powder. I also stamped the swimsuit girl and colored her with copic markers. I die-cut everything with the coordinating dies and then arranged them on my scene. I used foam mounting tape to add the umbrellas and give them a little dimension over the beach. It’s a simple card but I really like the fun scene it creates! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have an amazing rest of your summer!


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  • Reply Kathy August 4, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Jess, I can’t tell you how much I love this card you created…just perfect colors and techniques!

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