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Happy Thursday Honey Bee friends!! I absolutely love all of the new stencils in the Hello Summer release; and I had so much fun creating my card for today’s post! I used several stencils, two stamps and some dies to make this beautiful ocean scene card.

I started by creating the background with the Garden Lattice stencil. First I sprayed all of my stencils with Pixie Spray. (Tip: Take them outside and spray from about 12″ away to avoid a residue that may stick to your card.) I used a Background Blender brush to ink some Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide through the “top” Garden Lattice stencil onto white card stock. Now, pick up the stencil and rotate it 90º and ink it up again. Look at the cool background!

But I’m not done! Now take the bottom layer stencil and line up and center the squares of the stencil with the inked squares. Next I spread some white Glitz Glitter Gel onto the card smoothing it out until all was covered. Be sure to clean up the stencil right away! Set this aside to dry.

Next I created the scene. I die cut an oval from white card stock with the middle-sized Double Stitched Oval Honeycuts. I left the oval in the die and secured it by taping the back of it. I put this into my original size MISTI and stamped the Sandy Shores stamp onto the bottom portion. I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Oxides and shifted the oval just a bit before stamping the second color. I used a Background blender brush to add some of the same inks to the sand.

I used the Ocean Waves stencil to add Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon oxides. (Yes, I snipped all of the waves apart.) The sky is Tumbled Glass oxide. Next I used the Circle Spotlight stencils and masks for the sun. It’s inked with Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. Here are a few photos to explain the process.

It’s so fun to take the oval die off for the reveal!! Next I die cut the pieces for the palm tree and the coconuts using dies in the Beach House Add-On Honeycuts. I used a Detail Blender brush to add these Distress Oxides: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Ground Espresso and Gathered Twigs using the Beach House stencil set. If you leave the die cuts in the negative space it makes it very easy to color them! I used glue to piece the tree together.

To finish up, I stamped the sentiment from the Sea Breeze set in black ink and die cut it with the coordinating Honey Cut. I made sure the background piece was dry and die cut it with the largest Double Stitched Square Honeycut. I adhered it to a 5-½” square card base. I added thin foam tape to the back of the sentiment and the oval and adhered them to the card base. Then I glued on the palm tree.

I totally love how this turned out and wish you could see the sparkle of the glitter gel in real life! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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