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Tue 17

Under the Sea Thank You

Hello, Memory Box fans!

Today's card represents quite the process. I had this very simple idea in my head and then one thing lead to another... and before I knew it, dies were everywhere, my fingers were stained with about seven different colors of ink, embossing powder was sprinkled over everything... sheesh!

The card itself is a shimmer fest, thanks to Perfect Pearls and water, but it's quite difficult to see. If you click on the photographs of the card to enlarge them, I think you can get a sense of the shimmer. Another thing that's hard to see if the actual colors of the thing. Despite shooting from various angles and using various light sources, I never was able to capture what it really looks like. So I decided I'd share three different pictures - maybe between them, you'll get an accurate idea of the color palette.

Here's what I got when I photographed it in the late afternoon sunlight:


This is way too light - just flat as can be with a huge loss of color ranges. And the gold looks brassy.

Here's what I got when I photographed it at night:


Now it's way too dark, and, again, you can't see much of the color differences. 
And here's what I got when I laid it flat and photographed it in the evening:
Still not right, but you can see some of the blues and purples better here.

From Memory Box: Dies (Swimming Seahorses, Tanglewood Frame, Radiant Starburst, Thank You Garland) and stencil (Rings and Puddles); Inks: Ranger Distress Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Embossing (Ranger) and Teal, Copper, Purple, Pink, Honeydew Metallic (Tsukineko); Other Media: Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold powder, Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, Seafoam White embossing powder (Ranger); Accents: gems (Recollections)


  1. Make card base and set to the side.
  2. Cut panel of watercolor paper, secure stencil on top, and pounce with embossing ink pad.
  3. Apply white EP and melt.
  4. Apply colored inks with foam applicator and then spray with solution of Perfect Pearls and water. Allow to dry before mounting on a separate panel.
  5. Die cut Tanglewood frame from heavy green cardstock and use detail scissors to snip away portions from its center.
  6. Apply metallic inks with Fantastix foam applicators, heat set and adhere to matted watercolor paper panel. Don't adhere all the tendrils, etc. for added dimension.
  7. Die cut seahorses and Radiant Starburst from heavy green cardstock, apply metallic inks and heat set.
  8. Adhere seahorses with foam dimensional tape.
  9. Die cut three sentiments from heavy green cardstock, stack, and adhere to one another.
  10. Apply metallic inks to top layer of sentiment and heat set. Once dry, apply Distress Stain and heat set before adhering to card.
  11. Adhere gems and tiny stars (from the Radiant Starburst die's castoff).
  12. Mount watercolor paper panel to card base using foam dimensional tape. 
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Stunning card!!

so beautiful and amazing!

You did an awesome job with this card. I am grateful and happy that you included instructions. The third close up photo is fantastic, I LOVE the colors and the gems and stars are a very creative addition. TFS.

I adore this, and love the colours. Can I ask .... did you use flash to take the pictures? That makes a huge difference to how the colours look!To be perfectly honest though, I thought the first picture looked brilliant anyway, just adorable and the change from one colour to the next really show in the closeup of the seahorse! Brilliant work! xx

Thank you all for your kind comments! To answer your question, Karen, I didn't use a flash on any of them - which is part of the reason I was frustrated. I just couldn't seem to find the exact right conditions to capture the depth and subtlety of the colors as they changed from one to another. I suspect I need to learn more about how to use my camera's settings - lol!

Fabulous design work Deborah! Love it!

Superbe carte! Bises

You did a terrific job with this card, Deborah. Gorgeous!!!

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