Create Seashells by the Seashore

Kaleidacolor Conch Card

by Mark Melnick


Summer is upon us now and I simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than at the beach collecting shells. Well, other than being in my craft studio… This brief tutorial will show you how to use Kaleidacolor Inkpads to create a beautiful card. Now if I can just learn to recite “She sells seashells by the seashore” without a fumble!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 25 minutes + drying time



Step 1

For this particular tutorial, I chose a piece of handmade recycled paper though you could use watercolor paper as well. Spray the paper with enough water to make it slightly more wet than ‘damp’.


Step 2

Secure the stencil over your wet paper to your craft mat with some washi or painters tape. With an InkBlusher apply the rainbow colored ink to the paper through the stencil. Make sure to grab all the colors and apply randomly. For a really cool effect close to watercolor, spray a bit more water onto the paper at close range. Allow to air dry or use a heat tool.


Step 3

Apply a sentiment using EMBOSS Embossing Ink to the lower third of your card base. Sprinkle with EMBOSS Clear Embossing Powder. For a unique type of texture, sprinkle some sand made specifically for Sand Art and mix into the powder. Heat to melt. This will give your sentiment a real beachy feel. Take your finished Kaleidacolor piece and adhere to card base.

I really liked how the stencil piece turned out- I think I might make more to use in some mixed media projects!


  • Handmade or watercolor paper
  • Shell stencil
  • Washi or painters tape
  • Cardbase
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Art sand








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