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The Sea Calls – Layering with Vellum

Oregon Coast SunsetStephanie challenged me tonight, at the last minute I may add, to post something continuing her theme this week on inspiraton.  My favorite place to go when I need rejuvinating and some time to spend with myself is the ocean. The wind and the sound of the ocean waves crashing to shore brings about a certain calmness within me. It brings back a sense of balance, restoring my soul.  There's something about the smells, the colors, the sound of the birds flying overhead, and the constant ebb and flow that assures me all is well.  The vastness inspires me. 

On our trip in June to the Oregon Coast we took two of our 9 year old granddaughters to introduce them to the awesomeness of everything about the ocean. It was truly inspiring and fun to watch them try to take in everything the ocean has to offer. I came home with a lightness in my heart and an itch to hit the table in my studio!  This card was inspired by the evening we spent on the beach with a gorgeous sunset and Yaquina Head Lighthouse in the distance.

1 sheet each 8 1/2" x 11" Blue and Green textured cardstock (Bazzill)Seaside Inspiration
1 piece of light-weight Vellum (unknown)
   Light the Path (The Angel Co.) (retired)
   Sea Grass (#G304 Great Impressions)
   Seaside Shells (#E588 Great Impressions)
Noir Palette Ink Pad (Stewart Superior)
Pink, Blue, Green, Brown Markers (Impress)
Pearlescent Chalking Set (Pebbles, Inc.)
White Gelly Roll Pen (Sakura)
Yellow Stardust Gelly Roll Pen (Sakura)
Wrought Iron Corner Punch (EK Success)
Vellum Tape (Scotch)
Computer generated quoteon the Vellum, or a rub-on from your stash


  1. Cut Green cardstock to measure 6 1/2" x 10" and fold in half to create a card measuring 6 1/2" x 5". Punch the corners on the front of the card.
  2. Cut Blue cardstock to measure 6" x 4 1/2". Ink the lighthouse stamp with the Noir ink pad and stamp in the middle of the piece of Blue cardstock about 1 1/2" from the bottom. Ink Seashell stamp with Noir ink pad and stamp along the bottom under the lighthouse to create a 'seashore.'
  3. Color in the seashells with the markers. Highlight the greenery with a green marker. Use brown chalk and highlight to create a look of sand. Use the yellows and oranges in the chalk set to create a sunset around the lighthouse.
  4. Using the White Gel pen, highlight the clouds in the sky.  Using the Yellow Stardust Gelly Roll pen, create beams of light coming from the light on the lighthouse.
  5. Ink the Seagrass stamp with the Noir ink pad and stamp along the lower left corner of the Vellum. Trim around the tops of the grass. Color the grass with green markers on the backside of the vellum.
  6. Apply Vellum Tape on the back of the seagrass piece of Vellum and attach to the lighthouse-stamped piece to create a layered look.
  7. Create the quote on the computer using any word processing program. Tear around the quote and attach to the light-house stamped piece.
  8. Layer the blue piece to the green piece, using the corners punched.
  9. Make sure you sign your work.

So as you travel down the trails in your life, see what delightful, little things you can find to inspire you!

Happy Trails!


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5 Responses »

  1. Hi JoAnn -
    The punch is a corner punch from EK Success. It has a removeable guide on it allowing you to punch the outer corners first with the paper guide. Then remove the guide, turn your card over so the inside of the front is facing you. Line up the fold and top edge of the card front to the line guides on the punch and punch your corner.

    These are great punches. I love them and use them all the time.

    Hope that helps!


  2. Question: how do you punch the left side corners once the card is folded without it going through to the back?

  3. Thanks Kim and Sandy for the kind words. I often times have a hard time coming up with ways to use vellum that I like the outcome. I did like this, it reminded me of the scene of the granddaughters playing on the beach as I was standing behind the sea grasses taking pictures!


  4. Bea, I enjoyed reading about your inspiration as much as the piece it inspired!

  5. Very nice use of vellum.