03 September 2022

Bron's 60th Birthday Blog Hop

 Hello and let's everyone give Bron a very happy 60th Birthday,

My name is Vicki Boucher and I'm from Melbourne, Australia. Tonight, I'll be blog hopping along with other stamping friends that are celebrating Bron's 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months with six different themes. This is the last month and it's all about this beautiful photo, Tropical Holiday which Bron is currently away in Port Douglas celebrating her birthday. 

Bronwyn Eastley of Addinktive  Designs has set up this blog hop for her birthday. I'm so excited to see everyone's beautiful tropical holiday projects and I'm so glad I could join in the fun with everyone.

Whether you just came from Vy Tran's blog, or you are just starting here, be sure to continue on through the rest of the blog hop by clicking the navigation button at the end of this post. I'll pop the next link at the end of my blog.

Tonight's card is based on the beautiful blue tropical water and colourful seashells. I've used the Friends are Like Seashells Stamp set and variety of blues from the Stampin' Up! colors.

To create this fun paper tearing ripple effect I recently watch a tutorial by Cindy Schuster from the Crafty Carrot Co 'He's All That August 2022' and I just had to try it out with shades of blues for the ocean.

I've used strips of cardstock in the following colors Basic White, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Night of Navy. All you do is rip the cardstock towards you with your fingers, I added coloured ink on each of the strips with the Blending Brush and then adhere the strips with Multipurpose Glue onto a piece of cardstock. I used Night of Navy 7.5cm x 14.4cm

I had some strips longer than others, so I just used the Paper Trimmer to cut off any excess cardstock. This technique is a great way to use up those strips of cardstock that you may have laid around.

The background panel is Tahitian Tide Cardstock embossed with Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, I applied Starry Sky and Night of Navy ink with the Blending Brush to the panel. I so love the colours mixed together.

Recently I watched CASE the Guest Designer for August on Instagram and Melody from Stampinthroughthecatalog used this fun colouring technique where you go over your stamped images with Watercolor Pencils and Stampin' Blends. 

The larger seashell was stamped in Starry Sky ink, Stampin' Blends in light Tahitian Tide and Orchid Oasis and finished off with Watercolor Pencils in Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green. 

The round sea urchin was stamped in Cajun Craze ink, Stampin' Blends in SU900 and SU800 and finished off with Watercolor Pencils in Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze.

The starfish was stamped in Calypso Coral ink, Stampin' Blends in light Pale Papaya and finished off with Watercolor Pencils in Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral. 

To finish off the card I unraveled the Silver-Threaded Twine by hand to make thinner strands, just remove the silver thread and there's plenty of twine left over for your projects.

Please click on the below button to see the amazing Andrea Sargent, I always love seeing beautiful projects. 

Make sure you hop around and see everyone's beautiful projects; I think I need a holiday on a tropical island!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I would so love to hear your thoughts on my project by leaving a comment below.

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Happy Stamping

Vicki Boucher


  1. Beautiful card Vicki, and such a great use of that fabulous technique. I think I need a tropical island holiday too - maybe we should plan a crafting escape!

  2. How beautiful, Vicki! The rich colours of the background are gorgeous, and the shells layered over the top are fabulous. I never would have thought to colour with both Blends and pencils.

  3. Stunning! What a great technique thanks for the details and the links

  4. Stunning! Love the layers, texture and dimension you've created Vicki.

  5. These colors and textures together are so striking! Gorgeous! —Vy

  6. Vicki, your luscious layers of blues immediately evoke the beautiful blue tropical water! I love all the texture you've created by tearing the cardstock,

  7. Such gorgeous textures, Vicki! And what says tropical holiday more than ocean waves and seashells (except maybe cocktails)?!

  8. So many gorgeous textures Vicki and I love the layers of colour in your stamped images too. I would never have thought to use Blends and Pencils together but the effect is quite stunning!

  9. oh WOW - you've introduced so many amazing techniques and I want to try them ALL !! Thankyou for the brilliant inspiration and I totally looooooooove the deep blues in your card.

  10. So many cool techniques on this beautiful card. Absolutely love the torn and sponged background for the cluster of shells. Thanks so much for taking the time to join in with my birthday blog hops.