Sunset at the Seashore

I thought we could take a closer look at the ” Sunset at the Seashore” card from one of my earlier posts.

Using shaving cream to create unique backgrounds is one of the easiest techniques I know.  Granted it can be messy if you’re not prepared but so worth the outcome.


I fought with myself over how to use the starfish image from the Occasions Catalogue stamp set, Picture Perfect and came up with the idea to create a sunset scene by the seashore.  I misplaced a flat plastic tray I typically use to put my shaving cream on, so I substituted with a large piece of wax paper.  I shook the can of shaving cream and squirted a sufficient amount onto the wax paper and smoothed it out a bit using an icing spreader.  You don’t want to spread it too thin but over an area that is larger than your card front.

You need to use re-inkers to create your background scene.  For this particular card, I used Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe for the beach, along the bottom of the shaving cream.  A few drops of each colour goes a long way. The next colour was  Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive in the middle section of the shaving cream, again using very little of the brighter colour.  I was hoping to make it appear that some seaweed was in the water.  At the top I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and one drop of Real Red.  Using the icing spreader mix each individual section, lightly swirling the colours together.  Clean off the spreader between doing each colour section to reduce colour contamination.  The one drop of Real Red, I attempted to swirl in one spot to make it appear to be the sun setting.  It didn’t quite work for this one, although I have another cardfront that this particular section did work a bit better. As you can see by the image, sometimes an air pocket forms and if this occurs the ink does not have a chance to die the cardstock.  When this happens, you end up with white spaces.


Take your Whisper White card front and squish it into the shaving cream, ensuring good coverage.  Once I pull it out of the shaving cream, I hold it for 15-30 seconds before using the icing spreader to remove the excess shaving cream from the cardstock.

Set aside and allow it time to “dry”.  The inked side of the cardstock will feel really smooth from the shaving cream.  Everytime you create do the shaving cream technique, your background will come out looking different.  This is one of the fun things about this technique!

Once this process was completed, assembling the rest of the card was easy.  I layered the background onto Calypso Coral Cardstock and wrapped Linen Thread around the card.

I stamped the starfish using the solid image, in Chocolate Chip, followed by the detailed image in Early Espresso ink.  I then fussy cut out the starfish.  I added Stampin’ Dimensionals and popped it up on my cardfront.  I selected the sentiment I wished to use from the same stamp set and stamped it on my card using Archival Basic Black ink and then adhering the cardfront to the Crumb Cake card base.

Should I have the opportunity to videotape this process and post on YouTube, I will be sure to link it here as well!

What technique would you like to see me share with you next?  Comment on this post with your choice!

Picture Perfect   140520  $33.00

Picture Perfect Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Crumb Cake 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock 120953  $8.75

Crumb Cake 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Calypso Coral 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock  122925  $8.75

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock  100730   $10.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Crumb Cake Classic Ink Refill  121029  $4.00

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink Refill  138330  $4.00

Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Ink Refill  by Stampin' Up!

Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink Refill  101041  $4.00

Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Old Olive Classic Ink Refill  100531  $4.00

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Blushing Bride Classic Ink Refill  131157  $4.00

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Calypso Coral Classic Ink Refill   122934  $4.00

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Real Red Classic Ink Refill   103287  $4.00

Real Red Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad 126979  $8.00

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad  126974  $8.00

Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Archival Basic Black Ink  140931  $8.75

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad by Stampin' Up!

Linen Thread   104199  $5.75

Linen Thread by Stampin' Up!

Paper Snips   103579  $12.50

Paper Snips by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals  104430  $5.00

Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive   104332  $8.50

Snail Permanent Adhesive by Stampin' Up!


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