More years ago than I care to specify, my mother and I took a stamping class using Stampscapes stamps.
Those things are magical. They are designed so that the elements all work together to build scenes, and the finely detailed texture stamps for things like grass, rocks, sand, etc. seamlessly blend with each other to create highly realistic landscapes.
I remember all the EXCLAIMING we did as we learned to use them.
You know you're in a great stamp class when you do some EXCLAIMING. That's why I like to have my friend Dana Keith around at all times, because she's an EXCLAIMER. It makes life fun.
Anyway, when I was at OnStage in November, and they started demonstrating the High Tide set, I WAS EXCLAIMING.
The presenter (Carole Ann Patterson) was working with the lighthouse image in the set, and she was building the sand around the base of the image, and it was magical - all seamless and perfect like the Stampscapes scenes.
The one I had my eye on though was the water. I couldn't wait to play with the set and make the scene that was in my head, which is below.
Those sweet little birds look like our killdeer, which I see in a park near my house - not just at the beach, which is six hours from here by car.
I love how they run with their bodies perfectly still like they're in marching band, but their little legs just a blur. So cute. But I digress.
Here's a video on how I made the scene, just with masking and stencil brushes. (Pardon my voice - it's cedar season!)
Don't forget to take advantage of the awesome Starter Bundle with two extra free stamp sets to get your Occasions Catalog goodies at the best price! And Sale-A-Bration is on, with a free set for every $50 purchase! The little taco truck set is my favorite, and those gold card tins that I showed you in this post.