Beach Notelets Part 1


This workshop shows a fun way to make a stationery set, & it doesn`t require making a box as the ribbon feature holds the notelets in place. The Creative Expressions seaside stamps work perfectly to make a wonderful summery set.


The celery & white stripe ribbon looks like deck chair fabric & is perfect for the beach theme notelets or even for a beach BBQ invitation



A close up of the notelet set


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Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Range ~ I Spy : UMS143 , Bucket Bliss : UMS141 ,

Beauty & the Beach :UMS137 & Marina Bay : UMS140

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Celery & White Grosgrain Ribbon : RG46

Coconut Card :40980 & Milk :  40109 Foundations A4 Card,

                        Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass  DPTUMBLED, Forest Moss DPFOREST  , Gathered Twigs DPTWIGS , Mustard Seeds  :  DPMUSTARDSEED , Festive Berries  :DPBERRIES   , Squeezed Lemonade  :DPLEMONEvergreen bough :DPEVERGREEN Salty Ocean  :DPOCEAN  &  Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE Distress Ink Pads

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  , Dusty Concord :  Tumbled Glass : DMTUMB   , Broken China:  DMBROKEN   Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

Water Brush : WBF

Creative Expressions Straw Hats : HATSTRAW

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK


Step by Step Instructions

1 Select theI spy , bucket bliss, marina bay and beauty & the beach stamps from the Creative Expressions singles stamp range along with the straw hats embellishments.


2 Take a piece of 160gsm paper, fold in half from top to bottom. Now fold the card in half from left to right. This will form the basic notelet piece, repeat this step & make a further 5 more notelets.


3 To make an envelope liner to match with the stamped notelets take another piece of 160gsm paper & select an envelope ( here a 4¼”x 6″ envelope has been used )


4 Open the flap of the envelope & draw around the flap onto the paper below using a pencil.


5 Cut out the top section outline to create the shape of the liner. Move the liner down so it fits just below the gummed line of the envelope. Use the pencil again to mark just inside the side edges of the envelope.


6 Trim the excess away from the sides of the liner & cut along the bottom of the liner so it will fit inside the envelope.


7 Place the liner inside the envelope with the top edge in place under the gummed line. Fold the envelope shut. Be sure to be exact & score crisp folds else it will be seen when sticking the envelope liner in place.


8 Separate the envelope flap & the folded down liner piece. Add tape from a tape runner to add some sticky to the inside of the liner.


9 Press the envelope flap down onto the liner. This is an important part and please make sure all the score lines have been crisp as it will help with the finish of the envelope.


10 Open the envelope and you will have a perfect lined envelope. So either use a patterned paper when lining or keep the liner plain & stamp on the liner before it is stuck down. Cut out 6 liners in total.


11 Place the 2 single girl stamps onto an acrylic block. Make sure the crouching girl is raised up slightly & that the edge of the stamp touches the bucket of the sitting down girl.


12 Ink the stamp up using the black archival ink pad. Stamp the directly onto the folded notelets if they are going to be left uncoloured or stamp the image onto a piece of plain coconut card. Repeat this until you have 6 stamped images. Leave the 2 stamps on the block & retain them for later on. This is because of the next step & they are needed to make a mask.


13 Stamp the image out again but on copier paper this time & cut around the 2 girls and along the beach area.


14 Add the tumbled glass, stormy sky & broken china distress ink markers onto a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image.


15 Use some low tack tape to attach the mask over the stamped image below. Secure the tape to either the paper or desk below.


16 Pick up some of the distress ink on the water brush & start colour in the sky area with the distress markers. Make a wash of water before adding the colour with help the ink blend in together.


17 Alternately use some of the salty ocean distress stain on a stipple brush & add the ink over the mask and top area of the design to make a sky scene.


18 Here is a photo of a wash of water which has been added to the card. This will help when wanting a smooth finish to the sand.


19 Continue to build the colours on the sand area. Make the shaded areas a deeper colour to add depth to the piece. Cut the panel to 4¾”x 5¾” & round the corners off with a corner punch ( or leave as is).


20 Take some evergreen bough & distress the edges of the sky area. Use some crushed olives to distress the sand area.


21 Stick the dry stamped colour panel to the outside of the notelet. Take the scenery / lighthouse stamp from the marina bay set & stamp in black archival ink on the inside bottom of the card.


22 Here is a close up of the black inked liners of the envelopes.


23 Now Colour in the stamped girls using the distress inks & markers. Fold 2 of the envelopes back on themselves & add a notelet behind each one. Stack the pile so you have 3 notelets & 3 envelopes on each pile (use more if needed). If you turn one of the envelope around you`ll get to see the other girl when in the notelet pack.


24 Here is the same stamped image but with the distress inks added using the stipple brush. A brighter softer feel to the piece so you decide which technique you prefer to use.


25 Now to make the stationery presentation part. Take a piece of milk card & place it on the box 1 line on a eaziscore board & score at point 3 & 4. Alternatively measure in & score 3.5cms and then at the 5.5cms point. Turn the A4 around & score from the opposite end using the same measurements.


25a Use a bone folder to burnish the creases in the score lines. This is the basic shape to the stationery set as the folds will hold the flap of the card in place.


26 Take another piece of card & move the card in from the side of the eaziscore board & score on the 3 & 4 point. Alternatively measure & score at 5cms & 7cms from the left hand side edge of a matching piece of milk card.


27 Take a 3rd piece of milk card & lay it down on the largest panel area of the piece of card just scored. ( The front of the card & this panel just being cut will form the base of the card. Make a snip where the card base ends with a small pair of scissors. Cut along this mark & remove the excess card.


28 Use some Cosmic Shimmer glue to stick this panel to the short tab which was created & is the same 2cm depth, this will now be the spine of this card.


29 Add some double sided tape to the reverse of the notelet section card made earlier. Turn the corners back on the tape so they are seem from under the card. Repeat this on all 4 corners of the piece. Once the panel is in place pull the tab pieces out & stick the card down.


30 The card can be flattened when removing the tape. Just burnish back in place afterwards.

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Here is the finished front of the stationery set.


 Part 2 will show you the technique of stamping behind another stamp & also the inside of the set will be created using some lovely striped ribbon which reminds me of deck chairs at the beach.



A close up of the inside of the stationery set & a straw hat embellishment.



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2 Responses to Beach Notelets Part 1

  1. Paperjunkie says:

    This is just delightful Suzanne – brings back lovely memories of days on the beach growing up in Poole. As you can see I’m up very late but so glad I checked my emails before hitting the hay! Looking forward to part 2 next week….love Susan X

  2. Suzanne says:

    So pleased you like it an it brings back memories too ~ Poole was until are Welsh trip our most favourite place to visit as we have had so many holidays down there. We are not far from the beach here in Suffolk and just love the seaside. I hope you enjoy part 2 which won`t be long ~ take care and thanks for your lovely comment ~ I do appreciate them x

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