As soon as I saw the Hero Arts beach sets demonstrated on the Joy of Crafting TV show, I knew I had to purchase them. They didn't disappoint me as they were easy to use and resulted in a very 'oceany' scene. For the base of my stamping I used a matte white card stock which may have been too slippery for unicorn white Hero Arts stamping ink. After several tries, I blotted it off rather than heat embossing it. I ended up using the cloud dies (the die set matches the Hero Arts images) on a misty white vellum paper and attaching it to the card. The inks I used for the waves and sky were Versamark colors. I had a little trouble with the sand embossing powder because I tried to use a sand colored ink as a base for the embossing powder. It didn't stick very well and so there were a few 'bald' spots which I filled in with Copic markers. The girl image (My Favorite Things) was also colored with Copic markers and then cut with the matching dies. The 'thinking of you' sentiment was heat embossed with brass Hero Arts powder. The mini shells were glued down with 3-2-1 Beacon glue. The Hero Arts stamp and die sets are must purchase items for local crafters....so many tropical projects...so little time!