Shell Card

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for all of your comments on my recent posts on the blogs. You are all so kind.

This is a really quick post. To share a card and to let everyone know that Crafty Individuals have a give away on their blog. If you pop over to Crafty Individuals’ blog HERE and leave a comment on their blog you will be put into the draw and could win some super duper knew goodies. Fantastic new stamps and the new papers are gorgeous. If you are still looking at this why!! Goooooo…quick and leave a comment. Here is the link again CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS.

This is one of the cards I made with the new shell stamp “Seaside Treasures” CI 496. The new stamps are currently at offer price so if you are checking out the shell stamp also check out the “Tropical Sunset” CI 497.   Hand on heart they are wonderful.


I really think this stamp could be used for making cards for a multitude of occasions.

Thank you for looking.

Flo x

Hi everyone, I have had a few private messages asking how I have coloured this.  Ok, very easy.  It is the beauty of the stamp that does it really because all it is a distressed ink background, stamped, coated with a sealer and white lines added.

Dab some distress inks either original or oxides onto an acrylic block, gelli plate, large kitchen plate, whatever you have and spritz it with water.

Take a piece of water colour paper and lay it on the ink or swish it around and pick up the ink. Repeat if necessary.  Leave to dry.

Using permanent ink ( I used Grey Stazon), stamp the image. I stamped the image twice using a misty because I was using thick heavy water colour paper.

Add further colour to to the shells to create depth etc using a damp paint brush and diluted felt pen ink or DIs.  I used darker ink around the edges of the shells or where I thought there should be shade. Using a paint brush, I took some colour out of the shells with water and kitchen paper to create highlights.

Give the piece a quick spray of fixative and a coat of Mod Podge to seal*.  I did find that it was better to paint the mod podge onto the individual shells and then a quick second coat all over.  The ink does move hence painting the individuals shells.

I then painted on the white lines to highlight the detail. A bit like the old bandana technique.  I used Gesso for this and a small paint brush. You can use craft paint but it may take two coats depending on the paint. You can also use marker pens which are great.

*You do need to seal the ink because the colours from the ink on the background can contaminate the white paint.

Alternatively, If you are using permanent ink on the coloured background or paint then you can go straight in and paint the white lines. If you do have Mod Podge then it is still nice to add a coat because it enhances the colours.

That’s it. Let me know if you have a go at this.

Flo x



  1. Kate

    Hi there Florence, this is so beautiful, I love the colours, what did you use to colour? When you watch underwater films these are the colours you see.
    I am impatiently waiting for my stamps to arrive.
    Hope your weekend is going well,Kate x x

    1. Florence Langley

      Hi Kate, Thank you so much. You will have so much fun when they do arrive. I am excited for you! 😉 Kate, I am going to add an sbs to this post. I have received a couple of private messages asking about it. When I have done the sbs I will give you a shout and let you know. Thank you again.
      Sending hugs, Flo xx

  2. Barbara Lindsey

    At first I didn’t realise it was coloured, I thought it was a gorgeous designer paper. Lovely work Florence.

  3. Pat

    This is a great CI stamp and you have coloured the shells and starfish so beautifully Florence, and I love the mix of colours with the white highlights which are the perfect finishing touch and a wonderful contrast with the black card. x

  4. corinne Rollet

    I didn’t had time to comment (or read you) yet Florence… I’m sorry cos this is totally stunning and beautiful!!!!!!
    Wonderful work. Really in awe in front of your talent, I LOVE this card so much.
    Thank you for all the details, Flo.
    Happy week-end to you,
    hugs xxxx

  5. thecobweboriumemporium

    This must have taken forever! It’s INCREDIBLE Flo. So, so pretty and so much almost sparkling colour. A true work of heart.
    Absolutely beautiful.

    Hope you and yours are in fine health and that things have settled down for you in your new home. Moving house is a difficult thing at any time – but moving such a long way must be truthfully difficult.

    Sending much love to you ~ Cobs. xxx


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