Sea of Textures

Today’s cards feature the Sea of Textures‘ stamp set and the Under the Sea Dies. This set is available June 1 so this is a preview posting.  I wanted to use this set in three different techniques to vary up the cards and show it’s versatility…and what a fun set to create cards with.  Here is the first one I made:

Blue Octopus

In this card take a piece of watercolor paper and with the rough side up swipe three colors across the piece to give color and texture to the background:  Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron.   Layer black card stock behind the piece for a dramatic effect.

After deciding what stamps to use,  choose which die cuts would add to the design and texture of the card.  The Octopus and the school of fish are stamped and/or die cut on a piece of watercolor scrap colored with Brusho Colours (more about that in a technique post to come.)  Stamp the Octopus with Black Embossing powder.  Die cut the net piece out of Mint Macaron and lightly swipe with Blueberry Bushel and Pool Party.

Stamp all other items in Blueberry Bushel, including the greeting.  Attach the Octopus and netting with Dimensionals and other embellishments  you have on hand.

Finish the inside of the card with a piece of Whisper White card stock  and glue down a small school of fish in the lower right corner.
Calypso Coral Octopus

This next card uses an embossing folder to add dimension and texture.  Softly Falling and Ruffled would work well for a ‘sea’ look.  As I looked up the folder I used, I see that it was retired some time back (will know to check that out first next time.)    Emboss a piece of  Whisper White then cut out with the largest Stitched Shapes Framlit square.  Cut another square two sizes smaller to place in the center of the larger cutout on a Calypso Coral card base.

After die cutting all the other pieces take the Octopus and Clear emboss it sprinkling some Grapefuit Grove powder on it as well (take a close look and you will see the different powders.)

The fun part was putting it all together and weaving the seaweed through the Octopus..that really added more dimension and was easy to do.  The greeting was stamped out of Mossy Meadow ink.  Again I like to finish the inside of my cards and this is optional.  If you choose, cut a piece of Whisper White  cardstock for the inside and finish the lower right with a die cut of the school of fish and a Pear Pizzazz stamp of coral in the middle of the fish.

Blackberry Bliss Octopus

This final card is a shaker card to mix things up a bit.  The card base is Blackberry Bliss and the top piece is Rich Razzleberry mounted on a Glimmer Paper that was white and colored black on the edges.   The background paper is another piece of watercolor paper with Brusho Colours….love the effect it gives!

Cut the front out of Rich Razzelberry with the Layering Circles Framelits and then back it  with a piece of acetate.

The process on this card took a bit of time as there are two layers to the die cuts:  One glued to the background piece and another on the front of the card.   The time you take to set the pieces in place is so worth it as it really gives a three-d look to the card.   You can see that some of the coral and a sand dollar was cut from leftover Brusho Colour scraps and the yellow coral was partially clear-embossed to give a watery look.  Glue all the die cut pieces in place and you are ready to set up the shaker portion of the card.

Take Foam Adhesive Strips and turn the front (Rich Razzelberry) piece over.  Place the first set of strips close to the edge all around the four sides of the outer edge.  Then make a circle  of foam around the acetate cutout circle and make sure there are no gaps in the circle so when you put your sequins or sprinkles in the card they don’s shake out.  Take the protective tape off  and set aside until you place your sprinkles in the center of the inside front piece of the card.  Now you can attach and center the front piece to the card.

Shake Shake right?    You can put a greeting on the top left front or leave blank…up to you.  The inside is finished similar to the other two cards.


One last thing:  As a demonstrator I was able to pre-order these items and I got a discount too!  If you want information on how you can join in on the fun just send me a comment.

Information on Stampin’Up!

Many of the items in this post will be available soon and you can leave me a message or go to my site and order June 1st.

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