The joy of warmer weather means that summer is here and there’s something special about the UK in the summer! This month’s theme puts me in mind of bucket and spade summer holidays at the beach! Jo Firth-Young’s stamps are just perfectly evocative of these holidays and I have used them a lot this month! For my first project for the new Country View Crafts Challenge this month, with the theme of Summertime, I have made a tag. The beach hut opens up!
I started by brayering the tag with blue paint and then added a layer of white paint. I then stencilled randomly around the tag with blue paint and lightly sanded. This gives a lovely smooth finish for stamping as well as helping to give the finished look of it being a little ‘weathered’. I then stamped a sentiment around the edges and linked them up with a black pen.
I stamped a beach hut on cream card and then, using the remaining ink on the stamp, lightly stamped some more card. I then drew lines across this ‘ghosted’ image joining the lines on the image. I then painted both huts. With the first hut I cut the doors with a craft knife so they would open. I added some stamped, painted images inside and some buckets in a matching ink to the background of tag. I am going to take this tag on holiday with me to use as a postcard and write on the top half!
I hope you’ll join in with this month’s challenge – we’d love to see what you make!