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By the Sea Vintage Plaque

By: Suzanne Czosek for Stampendous

Display an idyllic beach scene as part of your summer DIY home decor crafts with this pristine By the Sea Vintage Plaque from Stampendous. Stamping projects like this showcase your creative talent and create a lovely keepsake for the mantel or bookshelf.

By the Sea Vintage Plaque


  • Cling Bathing Beauty
  • Cling Mermaid
  • Cling By The Sea
  • Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle
  • Aged Gold Embossing Enamel
  • Aged Taupe Embossing Enamel
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Midnight Black Embossing Powder
  • Versamark™ Watermark Stamp Pad


  1. Paint surface with white acrylic paint. Let dry and repeat.
  2. Stamp Bathing beauty using black ink on white cardstock. Color face and hands using watercolor pencils and water brush. Cut out.
  3. Stamp Bathing Beauty on Pattern Paper.  Cut out hat and outfit. Sponge edges with brown dye ink. Attach to other bathing beauty.
  4. Stamp mermaid with shells using black ink on white cardstock. Repeat three times. Color shells with watercolor pencils and water brush.  Cut out shells.
  5. Cover colored shells using VersaMark watermark ink   and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.
  6. Rip scrap copy paper to create mask.
  7. Lay mask onto white background. Sponge on brown dye ink over bottom half of painted background.
  8. Lay other piece of scrap cardstock over sponged brown dye ink area to protect. Lay straight edge along middle to mask top half of white background. Sponge blue dye ink between masks.
  9. Flip straight edge to protect blue and brown area. Sponge sky using yellow and orange dye inks.
  10. Punch circle from cardstock. Use the cardstock with circle opening as a mask and lay over sky. Mask blue area with straight edge of white cardstock. Sponge with orange in circle opening.
  11. Using sea sponge dab on VersaMark watermark ink pad.  Sponge onto the brown dye ink. Repeat.  Sprinkle Taupe Aged Embossing Enamel over surface and shake off excess. Heat embossing powder. Sponge edges of frame with VersaMark. Heat emboss using Taupe Embossing Enamel.
  12. Using sea sponge dab into VersaMark ink sponge onto blue dye ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat with heat gun.
  13. Stamp sentiment using black ink along skyline.
  14. Sponge VersaMark on fish net. Heat emboss using aged gold embossing enamel.
  15. Sponge starfish using VersaMark ink. Heat emboss using aged gold embossing enamel.
  16. Attach pieces to background.


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This looks really nice and I'd like to make it for my sister's "beachy" decor bathroom. Only question I have, is what kind of plaque is this design put onto? It only mentions cardstock in the directions. Can somebody clarify what the "plaque" material used is? Thanks!

I love the vintage look of this plaque, it seems so authentic!


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