Monday, 8 June 2015

Beside the Sea for Rubber Dance

There are not many places (excepting Disney World!) that I like better than being by the sea. I am not a sunbather but I love to walk along the sand, dipping my toes in the water and looking for treasures. I've not been feeling creative at all lately but after my recent holiday to sunnier climes I've come back wanting to recapture the relaxed beach vibe in my art.

My shadow box is inspired by a recent class I did with Claudia Neubacher where we made a little shrine - I love the idea of making a home for little treasures and this is the result, using one of my favourite Rubber Dance sets. Here's how I made it.

1) I turned a small canvas backwards so I could use the opening. After painting the sides and inside edges of the aperture with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint I covered the front with paper stamped with the frame and mesh images from the Rubber Dance Retro Beach set. I stamped the frame again on the piece of paper I cut from the middle of the frame and stuck it into the aperture.

2) I distressed the edges of the paper and added a smear of sand texture paste (DecoArt) around the edge - when dry I rubbed some Potting Shed Archival Ink over the paste and edges of the paper and added smears of Peacock Feathers paint here and there.

3) I added some torn corrugated card, some die cuts and stamped images (also from Retro Beach) to finish, cutting the quote into pieces so it could run around the frame edge. Finally I filled my niche with treasures from the beach - driftwood, pebbles and shells - gluing them in place with silicone glue to give them dimension.

I'm entering this make into a few challenges:

Our Creative Corner - Makes You Smile:

That Craft Place - Anything Goes:

Tuesday Throwdown - Out to Sea:

Thanks for popping by :)
Katy x

Rubber Dance stamps used:
Retro Beach


  1. What a beauty and eye catching details. Fabulously crafted. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tuesday Throwdown. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Berni, DT

  2. Beautiful, dear Katy! So much holiday in your canvas 😁

  3. Oh Katy!!! This is sooooo beautiful. I love it!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful canvas project for Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Love it!!!! Huggies!!!!

  5. Katy Katy, katy! This is gorgeous! I absolutely love what you did with this canvas!

  6. Oh my goodness me, this is .. WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous, Katy!!
    I'm a beach person, too, for the very same reasons as you. I want to make one of these for some of my beach treasures :-) Thank you so much for using my stamps for this stunning piece!

  7. Now that's how to do a proper beach project! LOVE that you've used collected treasures as the focal point to a beautifully weather worn frame. Jenny x

  8. This I liked very much. Creative way to use beach shells on . Actually, it was incredibly delicious . Susanne x . Hope you will take a look into my blog =)

  9. I am soooo happy that you liked my little workshop,Katy!

    I love your shrine and the sea-side theme!!!! I could walk along the beach for hours too and look for treasures...sadly I live far from any beaches (but it works the same with!
    It was such a pleasure finally meeting you in person!!!!

    Your beautiful shrine tells me that you had a wonderful holiday! ;)

    Claudia xxx

  10. This was awesome! Very creative and inspiring :-)

  11. Beautiful project Katy! Brings back a lot of memories to me!

  12. Beautiful project Katy! Brings back a lot of memories to me!

  13. Hi Katy, what a lovely souvenir of a special memory. I also collect shells but have them in jam jars. You have really shown them off beautifully with the colours you used. You made me smile! Thank you for joining in my challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

  14. Such an awesome make, I loved visiting.
    Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you next time at
    Sandie (That Craft Place Designer, proud DT)

  15. Hi Katy, you rocked my challenge at Our Creative Corner and made me smile! You made my Top3, blog badge on its way soon. Hugs Jan xxx