Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m back with another Gecko Galz Guest Designer post.  This Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card is made to go along with their Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge for the month of August.

When our kids were little, we would save up all year for a week at the beach.  This was better than Christmas or birthdays or anything else I can remember.  Watching our kids dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, search for beach treasures filled my heart with joy.  The beach is the perfect spot for a family vacation!  This lovely image from Cuties by the Shore Digital Collage Sheet brought all those wonderful memories back to me.

I’ve paired the digital image up with Laserowe Love’s Nautical Holiday Papers and Chipboard.

TIP:  Cheesecloth adds great texture when sandwiched between paper layers.  Create the “tide pool” with the anchor frame.

  • First, heat emboss the anchor frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, adhere the back side of the frame to slightly crumpled and stretched piece of cheesecloth.
  • Now, fill the frame with little shells, sand and chipboard fish.
Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve been cleaning out The Closet of Shame, and found this pretty lighthouse paper.  The color tones were a perfect match for the Gecko Galz image and the Laserowe Love papers, so I used it inside the card.    Create a little pocket for a sentiment card on top.  Decorate with a fussy cut anchor from the paper collection.

This 3″ x 5″ gift card wallet is a real product mashup.

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 5″ panel of navy cardstock for your base.
  • Line the cover with lighthouse paper and then a smaller panel of the distressed dots pattern.
  • Now, die cut a clock image from Gecko Galz “Time Flies” Digital Collage sheet.
  • Next, emboss the Ship’s Wheel Chipboard with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Baked Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the anchor with both aged gold and Chunky Rust.
  • Layer the elements together on the front of the gift card.
  • Finally, add brads to the corners.  (These are ancient…I think maybe from Canvas corp???)

Room for a little note, and a gift card inside.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



14 thoughts on “Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

  1. Amanda Hamilton

    absolutely stunning!! thank you for being guest designer on Gecko Galz and joining in with the Shabby chic seaside challenge x Amanda x

  2. Helen

    Kathy, thanks for sharing this card…the Gecko Gals products are delightful. The variety of your embellishments adds so much. The red, white and blue elements tie together the beach days with the times there on holidays…memories of childhood for me. tfs

  3. lynn legge

    Kathy I love this card…the image is perfect…and those little splashes of white and the anchor, and the bit of cheesecloth…that wonderful creative mind of yours….wonder how you sleep with all those ideas swirling round in your head….ohh I love the shells too
    big hugs have a great week friend

  4. Martie Rollin

    I love seeing paper artists use real shells on beach & nautical theme cards! As nice as the outside papers are, I happen to really like the inside papers!! Thinking cool thoughts of the ocean is perfect for our current heat wave in the mid 90s!

  5. soozyb2013

    That image is precious and reminds me of wherever I went, my dog was with me. We lived up a little hill from a place called Fleming Beach where there was a boat launch and beaches and a breakwater we as kids used to fish from, wonderful childhood memories Kathy, thank you for this one. 😀

  6. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a darling card! You know I love all things beachy. The image on the front is so adorable and brings back memories of when my grandparents used to bring me to the beach in Galveston when I was a little girl. One can always find a treasure on the beach. The little treasures you added to the front are perfect. Love, love, love this card! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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