159 posts categorized "Animals"

04/04/2023

Tue 04

Outline-Embossed Curlicue Plate by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another way to decorate Easter eggs with the versatile Curlicue Plate - reverse-embossing!  This technique highlights the finely-detailed outlines of the design instead of the bold, solid patterns.  Hi, Jean here with an "accidental/what-if?" process using this popular die from our Spring Collection.

Blend Distress Oxides on heavy white cardstock.  Colors used here are salvaged patina, twisted citron, worn lipstick and kitsch flamingo.  

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Here's a tip - place a piece of smooth, heavy plastic between the die and the cardstock for a smooth embossed finish.  Guessing that it cushions the paper and minimizes cracking and creasing.  Quart- and gallon-sized Zip-Loc bags are great for this technique - just avoid the printed areas on the bag.  Use each piece of plastic just once to keep the embossed design clear and unmarked.

Lightly spritz both sides of the color-blended cardstock with a light mist of water.  Place the plastic layer between the Curlicue Plate die and the uninked side of the cardstock.  Add the rubber embossing mat and plates required for die-embossing on your machine.  Run it through the machine twice.

Place the embossed cardstock on a hard, flat surface and use the direct-to-paper technique to apply Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink to the raised design.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with dies from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.

Cut Wild Grass Border from a yellow-green Lush Green 6x6 sheet.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to pink and white wool-blend felt and cut Bunny Face.  Cut the muzzle from white cardstock.  The paper layer stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes.

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Electric Pink Radiant Neon.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape for the bunny and greeting.  Add pale turquoise Pastel Jewels.  Cut an A6-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Reverse-embossing sounds strange - why emboss the un-inked side - but this technique adds another option to the many ways we can use our Memory Box dies.  Curlicue Plate is quickly becoming a real favorite - it's easy to understand why!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Friday...

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03/28/2023

Tue 28

Backyard Bloomers by Jean Okimoto

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Backyard Floral Stems, paired with a set of floral buds from Birch Press Design, create a bright garden greeting.  Hello, Jean here with a versatile design for spring, Easter or friendship cards.

The stems are perfect for any season - use them as background greenery, a  filler for bouquets or as buds and blossoms.  They're topped with the Birch Press Design Delicate Floral Buds Contour Layers here.  A jeweled felt Gentle Bunny adds a plush texture and sparkly bling.

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Cut Backyard Floral Stems from Lush Green Collection 6x6 sheet.  Trim the top from the tall center stem.  Cut Delicate Floral Buds Contour Layers from 3 shades of Berry Red 6x6 sheets.  Cut a pale yellow 6x6 from the Sunny Orange Collection. You'll have a great supply of colorful layering buds for other projects too.

Cut the 4-¼" high Curved Cap Pinpoint Layer from a bright yellow-green sheet from the Lush Green Collection.  Attach the stems to the background.  Assemble and attach the buds.  The Birch Press Design set includes color-coded assembly directions of the detailed pieces.  The base layer of each bud is also lightly marked with assembly guidelines for you.  Or, rearrange the layers and create your own designs!

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white wool-blend felt and diecut Gentle Bunny.  The paper backing stabilizes the fabric and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut another bunny from watercolor paper or heavy white cardstock and layer it for dimension.  Add pink gems from the Pastel Jewels set - press them firmly onto the felt.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Spring Clear Stamp Set - on the pale yellow sheet with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

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Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card.  Cut a 5-½" square layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.  Square cards require extra postage.

Pair these stem and bud sets for greetings throughout the year.  Transition from buds to blooms in spring and summer to seed pods in fall colors. Cut the stems from black cardstock for a spooky Halloween garden scene in October.  Cut them in white or silver glitter for a frosty winter scene. 

Imagine different ways to combine your Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products and take advantage of the great design elements in your stash!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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03/21/2023

Tue 21

Bunny Face and Rainbow Eggs by Jean Okimoto

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Rainbow-colored Curlicue eggs surround a plush felt Bunny Face in a contrast of colors and textures.  The new Curlicue Plate is great for pressure- and heat-embossing in addition to diecutting!  Hi, Jean here with a quick and easy way to decorate a bunch of eggs in bright spring pastels for your Easter cards.

Blend Distress Oxides on heavy white cardstock - I've used worn lipstick, kitsch flamingo, salvaged patina and twisted citron.  Dry the inks.  Trim the cardstock about ¼" smaller than the Curlicue Plate so it fits inside the cutting edge.  Spray each side of the cardstock with a light spritz of water from about 12" away. Let it absorb the water for a few seconds.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.

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Place the embossed cardstock on a smooth, flat surface and brayer Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink evenly over the raised areas.  For best results and even inking - lift and roll the entire brayer over the inkpad about 25 times instead of using short strokes (which could leave dark blocks of ink in some areas).  

Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder for a glossy, pearlescent look.  Unlike the smooth details of an actual embossing folder, this technique creates a rustic, hand-carved look.  Let's call this one rainbow-rustic!  

Cut eggs from different sections with the 2" high die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I inked, embossed and brayered several pieces of cardstock to create a bunch of eggs in different color combinations.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white and pink wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the fabric and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut Bunny Face from the felt and attach a scrap of  black cardstock behind the eyes.  Cut the mouth and nose section from heavy white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind it to emphasize the details.  Bunny looks a little confused here - maybe he just emerged from hibernation and can't believe it's almost Easter!

Cut white cardstock with the 2" x 7" Slim Basic Rectangles die.

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pale aqua cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set it, then trim it with one end of the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangles die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (8-½" x 3-⅝") - use foamtape for the 2nd egg, Bunny Face and greeting.  Add aqua Pastel Jewels.

Think of different ways to use the new Curlicue Plate in addition to basic diecutting and pressure-embossing.  It's also great for stenciling.  Save and use the offcuts as accents for other projects too.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Friday...

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03/14/2023

Tue 14

Pretty Colors in the Tool Box by Jean Okimoto

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Fuchsia, Pumpkin and Teal in the toolbox?  Yes, when they brighten a gal's slimline thank you with a happy Whittle Beaver!  Hi, Jean here with mix of old, new, blue, Memory Box and Poppystamps. I like a lot of open space on my cards - but these great design elements wanted to be together, filling the entire card. 

The new Toolbox 3D Embossing Folder & Matching Dies and the Woodgrain Fence Pickets are from our '23 Spring Collection.  Cut the pickets from light kraft cardstock.  Cut the tools from the silver Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.  Place them in the matching 3D Embossing Folder and add the details and dimension (one tool at a time is easiest!) using the plate(s) required for your machine.  

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Mask the "metal" areas of each tool and sponge or daub the handles with StazOn Inks.  Airdry the first layer of ink, then repeat.  Colors used here are Pumpkin, Teal Blue and Fuchsia Pink.  Set them aside to dry completely.

Cut Wood Grain Planks from light kraft cardstock - we're just using a few of them here.

Cut the question mark - from the Wooden Alpha set - from light kraft cardstock too.

Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Beaver from dark kraft cardstock.  Lightly ink the edges and paws with Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance ink.  Attach the fuchsia screwdriver between his paws.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments - with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the second-smallest Rectangle Basics die. 

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Attach everything to a light aqua slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamtape for the question mark and the beaver.

Make this card using different colors and greetings for your favorite DIY/fix-it/build-it gal or guy.  A toolbox card would be great for someone who just completed (survived?) a home renovation project too. The Woodgrain Fence Pickets can also diecut a great stencil for birthday candles...just some extra ideas!

Special thanks to everyone ordering my new kit - BLOSSOMS & BUNNIES - from Impress! They sold out quickly, I'm making more.

Thanks for visiting - see you on Friday...

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02/07/2023

Tue 07

Forest Path Valentine by Jean Okimoto

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Designs from our holiday release are great for Valentines too!  Forest Path creates a natural setting for a Poppystamps Whittle Forest Reindeer.  Add a garland of bright red hearts and a glittery mountain stream.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for your favorite guy(s).  

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Cut Forest Path from light Kraft cardstock.  Use Post-It notes to mask the areas at the base of the trees.  Sponge or brush brown ink onto the trees.

Cut the curvy stream section from a white 6x6 in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad.  

Cut two streamers from the Heart Streamer Globe set.

Cut the deer from the Poppystamps Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit from dark Kraft cardstock.  Cut the antlers from a scrap of brown cardstock.  Ink the deer with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps set -on natural cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  

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Attach the diecuts to a natural top-folded A2 card.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing our Valentine designs as much as we've enjoyed sharing our ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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02/02/2023

Thu 02

Brown Bear Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Send bear hugs and Valentine wishes with a spooky Halloween forest, a Christmas polar bear and heart garlands from a globe die.  Take advantage of the versatility of these great dies and repurpose them for other holidays and occasions.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo designed to get the most from your Memory Box collection.

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We're using 3 shades of Kraft cardstock here - light, medium and dark.  Cut medium Kraft cardstock with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Ghosts in the Forest die.

Cut the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet with the Heart Streamer Globe.  Add a 4th heart to one of the streamers.  Attach the streamers to the trees by taping the ends behind the edges of the diecut.  Attach it to a natural A2 notecard.

Cut Layered Polar Bear's background from light Kraft cardstock.  Color the ears with a brown marker.  Attach a scrap of   Black  Glossy Paper behind the eyes and nose. Cut the remaining pieces dark Kraft cardstock.  Assemble the beqr.

Cut red cardstock from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die. Cut "hugs" from black cardstock with the Lower Case Poetic Alphabet and attach it to the heart.  Attach the heart to the bear using foam tape at the top of the heart.

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Attach the diecuts to a natural A2 notecard - use foam dots for the bear.  Add the clear Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front during mailing.

Layered Polar Bear is really a bear for all seasons.  Add bunny ears for spring - and a mask, witch hat or ghost costume for Halloween.  He's great for baby, thinking-of-you and birthday cards too! MemoryBoxLayeredPolarBear, MemoryBoxHeartStreamerGlobe, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxGhostsInTheForest, MemoryBoxBlackGlossyPaper, MemoryBoxDoubleStitchLovingHeartCutOut, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6, MemoryBoxGlitzyGlitterPad, MemoryBoxChristmasFairyCrystals, PoppystampsPoeticLowerCaseAlphabet, JeanOkimoto, ValentineDiecuts, HeartDiecuts, Diecutting, BearCards, BearDiecuts, HandmadeValentines, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...

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01/06/2023

Fri 06

Bear Hugs for You by Jean Okimoto

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The Layered Polar Bear - from our Christmas release - makes a great addition to Valentine cards too.  Cut this very popular guy from soft white felt and

Open Studio Watercolor Paper for plush texture and contrasting shades of white.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my favorite design from our holiday release.  Pair the friendly bear with the Woodgrain Tree Trunk and imagine "xoxo" carved into the trunk with Poppystamps' Poetic Lowercase Alphabet.

Prep white wool-blend felt by attaching it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it and prevent adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the large bear background.  Color the eartips with a pink marker.  Let it dry for a few minutes - then blot it to be sure it's really dry.

Cut the other bear sections from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Attach a scrap of Black Glossy Cardstock behind his face.  The glossy finish makes a big difference  - his eyes look brighter.  Assemble the bear - use foamtape behind the top layers of the paws and leave a section on the left unattached to insert the hugs heart

 

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest

Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  

Cut "xoxo" and "hugs"  - from the Poppystamps Poetic Lowercase Alphabet - from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the letters to the heart.

Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from medium-brown cardstock.

Prep bright red felt with adhesive label paper or a stick sheet and cut 3 of the Layered Birds.  Cut the coordinating smaller top layers from the Berry Red 6x6.

 

 

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber-colored Autumn Fairy Crystals.  

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Add a greeting - the new For You Posh Script - cut from light kraft cardstock and the bright red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut 2 background layers from the kraft cardstock and pressure-emboss 1 using the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Pressure-embossing creates a debossed area to easily attach the detailed top layer.  Attach the other kraft background behind the greeting for extra dimension.

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Construct a brown bear with brown felt and cardstock if they're more common in your neighborhood - like they are here.   He's also great for baby and kid cards too - and birthdays, holding a balloon or cupcake!    Add a scarf for extra color on winter cards.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe and have a great weekend!

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10/24/2022

Mon 24

Bear in the Pines
by Anne Thompson

I've been following the adventures of a bear cub in the next town, no mother bear anywhere for days and days.  He has been successfully captured by the local game warden and transported up north to the only bear rehabilitation facility in Maine.  There he will be fed and cared for through the winter to be released in the late spring.  This is a good ending to what could have been a disaster for this little fellow.  His story made me take another look at the LAYERED POLAR BEAR 94685 die and reimagine him as a different kind of bear.  Maine bears are black bears and wouldn't be as interesting created in paper as ones in brown plaids...

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This is a "Beary" Christmas design that can easily be replicated in assembly line fashion with a sentiment added inside the card.

I used plaid papers (of course) from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019 and WOODSY PLAID PP1018.

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The dies I used are LAYERED POLAR BEAR 94685 and PINE NEEDLE FRAME 94687.

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To make this cared, die cut all the bear parts using two coordinating papers and put it together using the envelope picture as a guide.  Add some Fairy Jewels for the eyes and nose.

Die cut the Pine Needle Frame from one of the green plaids, making sure to remove all of the tiny pieces.

Cover the entire front of a white notecard with another plaid paper in a lighter tone.  Add the Pine Needle Frame using a glue pen.  Put foam dimensional dots on the back of the bear and pop him into the center.

Either die cut, stamp, or write a sentiment inside the card.

Have some fun making bears of many colors.  This is one of the cards we'll be making at my class this week.  I can't wait to see the bears they create!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



 

09/28/2022

Wed 28

Cozy Frame Polar Bear Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Celeste Plate and Rectangle Basic to create a custom frame for the Layered Polar Bear.

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Frame:

Die cut the Celeste Plate from the medium purple blue paper from the Stormy Blue paper pack.  Die cut a rectangle from the center using the 9 largest die from the Rectangle Basic Set.  Adhere to a A2 card base of the same color paper.  Die cut the same size rectangle from the center.  Die cut a frame using the same rectangle die and 1 size larger.  Adhere around the center cut out.  Adhere the frame using foam tape to the lightest purple blue from the Stormy Blue paper pad.

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Bear:

Die cut the largest die cut from the Layered Polar Bear from the same light purple blue paper from Stormy Blue paper pad.  Die cut the rest of the dies from heavy white card stock.  Adhere a piece of black paper to the back of the eyes and nose.  Adhere the die cuts together using the front image as a guide.  Die cut the scarf from the Tap; Bundled Snowman die set from a green/blue  paper from the Woodsy Plaid pad.  Adhere to the polar bear.

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Sentiment:

Stamp warm wishes from the Typewriter Holiday Elements with Freesia Fresh Ink on white card stock.  Trim down.

Assembly:

Adhere the frame and card base to a A2 white card.  Adhere the polar bear to the center.  Add clear Fairy Jewels around the polar bear.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower left side of the card.  Stamp the Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy sentiment from the Sweet Christmas clear stamp set with the same Freesia Fresh Ink.  

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07/14/2022

Thu 14

Coral Reef Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! I just love the new Ocean Fish stencils and 3D embossing folder with matching dies.   I am having so much fun coloring the different fish.  I could not resist but to make a coral reef scene card with all the dies and products.  

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Background:

I watercolored the background using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Element inks Mermaid and Blue Lagoon.  I used wet on dry technique and a large paint brush and a wavy motion to add the ink.  Heavier, or darker, towards the bottom and lighter towards the top. Let Dry.

Ocean Fish:

**Note: make sure the stencil is the right side up by making sure the die matching the correct direction.  Stencil the angle fish widest section with bright yellow ink.  Blend the ink from the top and bottom to the center.  Line up the narrow angle fish section and ink blent with purple ink with the same technique.  Ink the fins first with the yellow ink and then the purple with being heavier near the body of the fish and later outwards.  Don't forget the little fin in the center of the body.  Die cut the fish.  Ink around the outside of the fish to cover up any white areas.  Secure the die cut in the 3D embossing folder with Washi tape and run through the die cutting machine.  Add black to the eye with a fine tip black marker.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  This give the fish a "wet" look.  Repeat the same process for the other fish.  I used VersaFine Clair for coloring the fish for the bright colors and blend ability.  I used sponges but try using small blending brushes for blending in different colors.

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Coral Reef:

I die cut all the elements from heavy white card stock and ink blended each one with VersaFine Clair to match the fish, except the pink I used Fresh Ink Pink Lemonade.  For the rocks I used Coral Cottage craft die. I did cut out each side of the die and cut off the tops to create the shelf.  I kept the top portion of the die to use to full in the bottom.  Mask off the coral and ink blended with red and yellow in random round spots and then ink blended with grey and inking darker to the edges.  Ink one in pink and the other in coral color. Add Drewdrop glitter glue to the coral and let dry  I die cut all elements of the Sea Bottom Treasure craft die.  I die cut the starfish several times.  I colored the anger with grey then added bronze color Distress Crayon and Distress Age Patina.  The shells are inked with Distress ink Antique Linen and Tattered Rose.  The starfish are ink blended with different VersaFine Clair and added dots of a darker color using Paoco Paint pens.  Die cut the smaller die from the Cheerful Crab die set.  Color with a bright red ink pen and add glossy accents to top.  Die cut the rounded coral from Coral and Kelp Ribbon craft set and ink blend with pink.  Dot a yellow Posco Pen around the end.  Cut down the die cut to build up 2 other sets of coral.  Die cut the coral from the Bobble Coral Collage die set.  Color yellow/orange.  Add Drewdrop glitter glue and let dry.  Cut wood to create another coral.   Die cut the kelp and seagrass Deepwater Collage Die set and trim off the boarder.  Color green and then color the stem with a dark green Posco pen.  Trim down to different sized.  Add Glossy Accents to just the round part.  

Assembly:

Glue the smaller rock to the bottom center of the card base. Adhere a couple of strips of paper on the back of the rocks toward the outersides and add to the sides of the card base on.  This leaves room to add elements behind the rocks. Now decorate the rocks with all the elements to create the coral reef.  Adhere the fish around in the water.  I doubled up some of the smaller fish and used foam tape to the back of the angelfish.  Adhere to a 43/4"x6"  black panel and adhere to a 6"x61/2" navy blue panel and then to a light blue card base measuring the same size. White heat emboss Seas the Day from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set to navy card and trim down and adhere to the card in the upper left hand corner with foam tape.

Inside:

White heat emboss wishing you oceans of Happiness from You Anchor Me stamp and die set along with Happy Birthday from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set.  Stamp with Versa Mark the school of fish, seaweed and kelp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set.  

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