Under the Sea


Here’s another entry for Simon Says Stamp Monday Nautical Challenge.  I made this card for a girlhood friend who is battling cancer.  She’s a real trooper with a positive attitude.  I hope this card encourages her to stay in the game and not give up.  Instead of making a folding card, an easel die cut was adhered to the back of the card, so my friend can display her card if she wishes.


Once again I went with white embossed watercolor paper and Gelatos to blend colors on this special watercolor paper.  I cut the panel to 3.75 x 5.0 inches. Now, mind you, the background on this card was all trial and error.  Hint, hint….  figure out the colors you want to use BEFORE you work on your paper that is trimmed and ready to make a card.

  • Cricut PaperTrimmer
  • Prima Marketing, Inc Paintables 6 x 6 inch pad of Watercolor Paper, cut to   3.75 x 5.0 inches
  • Ranger Craft Sheet
  • Bubble Gum Faber-Castell Gelato
  • Cotton Candy Faber-Castell Gelato
  • Pistachio Faber-Castell Gelato
  • Baby Wipes

Blend the Gelatos into the paper.  Wipe off the color on the white embossed images.  Go around the perimeter with Chocolate Faber-Castell Gelato, then wipe it off with a baby wipe.

Here’s where I started going wrong.

I wanted speckles on the card, so I sprayed it with Heidi Swap Color Shine, Sweet Mint.  I covered the droplets with a rag to pick up some of the sprinkles.  DON’T DO THIS!  Even though I lifted the rag straight upward, the paint still smeared.  So I cleaned up the white embossed areas with a baby wipe, then dried the surface with a heat gun.

Now here’s where I REALLY went wrong.

  • Dylusions Ink spray, Fresh Lime
  • baby wine to wipe off the white images
  • heat gun

This IS a Dylusion!  I’m seeing green!  Too much green!  What to do?  What to do?

Like a dodo bird that I am, or should I say UNPROFESSIONAL, I sprayed the paper with Sweet Mint again.  NOT NECESSARY!

The only way I could think of calming down the green was to blend it with blue.  The color I had was Heidi Swap Color Shine, Peacock.

IMG_0662  Spray.

  Dry.IMG_0663IMG_0664  Wipe off white images.  

                             Dry again.IMG_0665

The card is starting to look more like the color I was going for, but it needs more color besides blue and the green.  I decided to add more Bubble Gum Gelato.  

Now to add some texture to the surface.  I wished I had sand, but I didn’t.  So I used the next best thing.

IMG_0668  VersaMark Sticky Ink             Stampendous Aged Teal Embossing EnamelIMG_0669IMG_0670 Wipe off as much of the embossing enamel as you can, especially on the white images.  Even so, the embossing enamel will still blow around a little.  Begin heating underneath the card panel.  Then heat on top of the panel. 









I decided I still needed more blue on the card, so I pulled out the Cotton Candy Gelato again and repeated the process.  

I liked it better than before.  Fact is, I like the colored baby wipe!  Ha!  I should have saved it and made something with it.

I hope I haven’t scared you off from making this card.  Like I said before, the wiser thing to do is practice getting the background color right before you start the card.  To continue the fun, I started adding to the surface of the panel.

  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Floral Garden Burlap 3″ Ribbon

While the texture paste was still wet, I sprinkled on Stampendous Chunky Metallic Seasonings Embossing Enamel.  Spread it down with a spatula (no shown).  I used fabric scissors to trim the burlap.  To secure the attachment and hurry it along, I dried it with a heat gun.


Next I went around the edges of the panel with the VersaMark Sticky Ink.  I then “salt and peppered” the sticky edges with the Stampendous Chunky Metallic Seasonings Embossing Enamel.

I wanted to put some seed beads in a couple of corners.

  • texture paste
  • spatula
  • We R Memory Keepers Tweezers
  • Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One
  • Lucy’s Little Things, Sea Spray
  • Lucy’s Little Things, Phosphorescence
  • Lucy’s Little Things, Caribbean Dream
  • We R Memory Keepers Tweezers
  • Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One

Tiny light-catching sequins looked good on the surface.    They were adhered with Glossy Accents.

I cut a background panel for my card front out of Ranger’s Kraft Cardstock at 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  The background panel was too plain for this fancy card, so I got out the Tim Holtz Distress Stains.

  • Bundled Sage
  • Victorian Velvet
  • Tumbled Glass
  • Walnut Stain
  • craft sheet
  • cup of water
  • rag 
  • 2 paint brushes – one to pick up the paint and sprinkle it; the other brush to tap the handle of the brush with ink on it

After I sprinkled the perimeter of the card back, I adhered the front panel to this panel with Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape.  I wasn’t convinced that these speckles were enough for the card, so I added some mud…haha!  First I smooshed some Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage Photo, onto the craft sheet, spritzed it with water and stirred it with a paint brush.  Texture paste was mixed into the color with a spatula.  It wasn’t dark enough, so I added Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnut Stain.

I had to use a curved pick to put the colored texture paste around the front panel.  This looks like a dental tool, doesn’t it?  I got it as a freebie from My Favorite Things when I placed a large order.  I “salt and peppered” the mud with the Seasonings Embossing Enamel, and blow-dried it.

It was time to do a little damage repair to the seed bead clusters.  This time I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue to reattach some beads, and add a few more.  I also put Distress Stickles, Tarnished Brass on the star in the corner.  The Stickles were thick and kept getting smudged, so later to just another star on top of this one.

The sentiment was from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamp Set.  I used the MISTI Stamping Tool to stamp it with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa on 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock.  It’s a juicy ink, so I had time to sprinkle Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder on it before it dried.  This was melted with the heat gun.

 After I trimmed down the sentiment, it was edged with VersaMark to catch the Recollections Clear Bark Embossing Powder I sprinkled on it.  After heat setting it, I cut a piece of Scotch mounting foam and attached it to the back of the sentiment, then to the card. 

Next, I roughed up the outer edges of the burlap.  I attached seashells from K&Company, Tim Coffey Grand Adhesives, Travel Shell package to the burlap.  To make sure they stayed on, I added Ranger Glue to the back.


I needed something to fill the center of the card front, so I die cut 3 sets of  leaves with  the Lorelai Leaf Die from poppystamps, inc. using the Neenah 110# cardstock.  I wanted the leaves to have dimension, so I stacked the 3 die cuts and glued them together with the Ranger Glue.  The leaves were colored using finger daubers and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.

  • Cuttlebug Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Worn Lipstick
  • Peeled Paint
  • Tumbled Glass
  • Vintage Photo

Just keep adding and layering the ink until you are happy with the color blend.  It’s better to let the ink dry between applications if you can.

To further assemble the card, I cut a piece of cardboard to give the stand-up easel card support.  It was cut just an eighth of an inch smaller than the background panel at 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches.  I didn’t want to leave it with an unfinished back, so I cut out a piece of 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock at 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches as well.  

These were attached to the card with Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape.  I then die cut the easel and attached it to the back of the card using the Ranger glue.  I used the MISTI only for getting the easel stand centered on the back.

  • 110# Neenah cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Easel Die
  • Cuttlebug 
  • Post-It Tape

To complete the card and try to put everything in balance, I added two more shells to the bottom.  These were to anchor the bough of leaves.  The leaves were attached with Ranger glue.  I applied Stardust Stickles to the leaves and it changed the color.  Now the pink on the leaves looked orange.  So I added sequins here and there to try to bring in more color.  

I also put Stardust Stickles on the embossing around the sentiment.  As I stated before, the Tarnished Brass Stickles on the small star kept getting smudged, so I stuck another star on top of the Stickles since it was still wet.  The star now looked a golden color, but as you can see, doesn’t show up very well in the photo.  So I put Stardust Stickles on the star too.


Wow!  This was like writing a college paper!  I hope you are able to understand the process I described.  Now get in your crafting chair and make something!  🙂

Happiness is in the crafting,



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Nautical  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Add a Sentiment http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #296-#297 – Anything Goes  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

5 thoughts on “Under the Sea

  1. Anna-Karin says:

    Wow, this project is stunning!! What a great mix of techniques. The background turned out so well and the embossing is a perfect touch. I love the look of the shells. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!


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