Lou says,“I am a fan of the “less is more” approach, as this is something that often eludes me. Once I start, its layers upon slap it on layers and I’ve often wanted to create those clean and simple pieces. However, even my ode to this style made me realise that this look for me includes layers upon layers, albeit some almost invisible!”

Stamps Lou used...
Studiolight Art by Marlene: Whimsical Swimmers; Ocean


Other materials...  

Ranger Distress inks/ Oxide inks; Salty Ocean; Chipped Sapphire; Faded Jeans; Broken China

Izink White Embossing Powder

Penart 3D Balls

Nuvo Dew Drops: Turquoise; Sparkle; Navy







1 Make a colour swatch on card, then using your chosen colours stamp out various size circles in different Distress inks. Apply water to create washes.

2 Stamp and emboss Ocean onto card, then cut out 3 different sized circles from it. Apply water to create washes on them.

3 Stamp the Seahorse using Distress ink, apply water to create a wash. When dry, dot Nuvo drops over the image.


4 Using thin strips of waste card, create some small quilled spirals. Create a range of different sizes.

5 Cut a large circle aperture and arrange your composition. Adhere when happy, and then apply Nuvo drops in dots.

6 Adhere the Seahorse to the front of aperture, add 3d Balls and gems to finish.


To finish the project: Once everything is in place and adhered, you can start to add more depth. Washes, shadows and darker areas lift and push areas of the composition. Embellishments can be added to the outside areas too.


This project first featured in the September 2019 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.