44 posts categorized "Under the Sea"


Thu 13

Just For You
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Thursday everyone!  I have a summer themed card for you today, using an easy embossed technique.

To create the background, I stamped the fish using yellow pigment ink and heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder.


Next, I applied distress ink to the background using domed blending tools.  The ink resists the yellow embossed images to highlight the yellow fish.


I spattered the background with white ink and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut some seaweed and coral elements from vellum and glued those to the card.

The sentiment was stamped with gold ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.  I used the coordinating die to cut out the words.  Foam tape was used to adhere it to the card front.


To finish the card I used some Fairy Gemstones to add some texture.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!







Mon 10

Two Cards- Freshwater Fish & Confetti Dot Hot Foil Plate
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two cards featuring new products from the latest release.  

My first card is a slimline card using two fish from the combination "Freshwater Fish" stencil and embossing folder set.  The background for my card was ink blended with lots of blues.  Once it dried, I ran it through my hot foil machine using the "Confetti Dot" hot foil plate and some gold foil.  Here's a closer look:


I colored the fish with Distress Inks and watercolor markers and then fussy cut them out.  Next I splashed some water on the background to make more dots on it.  I added the two fish and then a sentiment from "You Anchor Me" stamp set.  It was stamped in brown ink on a stitched rectangle die.  Lastly I added water droplets from Memory Box and added the blue panel to a slimline size card base.  Here's one last look:


Now, here's a look at my second card:


I made this card the same way except I used very little ink on the background and I used Memory Box watercolor card stock.

Here's a closer look at this card.  You can see I heat embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder.


And here's one last look at my card:


I hope you like my cards for today!  Be sure to come back each day to the blog for more inspiration from the design team!








Wed 27

Mixed Media Encouragement Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a  quick mixed media background card today using the new Curling Waves stencil. 3D embossing folder, and matching dies.



Clear heat emboss the bubble stamp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Smoosh some Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on a glass mat.  Spritz with water and dap the watercolor paper into each color, covering most of the paper.  Take a wet, square paint brush and apply more ink in waving motion randomly across the paper.  Heat set dry.  Use a water brush and add water inside the bubbles and then take a paper towel to dab up the water.  2nd generation stamp the schools of fish from the Blue Ocean stamp set with Blue Bell VersaFine Clair ink randomly in the background.  Take some white gesso and thin down with water the splatter on the background.  Let dry. Cut down to 4'X5 1/4" panel.



Die cut the Ocean Porthole 3 times from black card stock and adhere together.  Rub in Distress Crayon Tarnished Brass all over the front of the die cut.  Die cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage die set from the green Festive Glitter paper pad. Trim the longer kelp into 1 short piece leaving a longer piece.  Stencil the Curling Waves with Distress Oxide Ink Blue Print Sketch and Salvaged Patina.  Die cut with matching dies and then embossing with the matching Curling Waves 3D embossing folder.  Add some white texture paste and then Distress Grit paste to the top of the waves.


White heat emboss the Refuse to Sink sentiment from the You Anchor Me stamp set on black paper.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.  I am horrible at fussy cutting and already on my 2nd sentiment when I decided to use sandpaper to even out the sides.  This worked perfectly.  This might be an old trick I never learned but it really does help even out the sharp points are uneven cuts.


Adhere the background to a A2 size black card.  Adhere the waves to the lower right hand side, weaving them around the portal.  Adhere to the center of the card.  Add the kelp die cuts to the inside right of the portal.  Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.  





Sat 16

Rainbow of Ocean Fish
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a colorful rainbow ocean scene card to share today using the Ocean Fish embossing folder (EF), matching dies and stencils.  All these products together made the process pretty easy.  

Started by die cutting all the fish from Bristol paper.  Spritz them with water then embossed them in the EF.  Let them dry briefly before inking them with distress inks in rainbow colors using finger brushes and the coordinated stencils.


The background is Bristol paper embossed with the Underwater 3D embossing folder.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set with white embossing powder on black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then for fun, added some googlie eyes to finish.


If you know me, I love coloring die cuts with my Copic markers, so I admit I have underestimated how useful stencils are.  They make coloring so much easier and quicker!  Well that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Thu 07

Tropical Aquarium Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have been having so much fun with the Ocean Fish stencils, 3D embossing folder, and matching dies.  Check out my IG page at cardcrazycook for more card ideas.  Today I created a tropical aquarium.  I know castles don't belong but couldn't resist to use the Fantasy Castle Collage die in the scene. 



Ink blend using Elements Mermaid and Blue Lagoon on a A2 white card base.  Splatter with water, let set for a few seconds, and blot off.  Emboss with the Waves 3D embossing folder.  Heat emboss Hero Arts Sand embossing powder at the bottom 1/2" of the card base.  


Ocean Fish:

**Note: make sure the stencil is the right side up by making sure the die matching the correct direction.  Stencil the clown fish use a light and dark orange and ink blend heaver towards the top and bottom of the fish.  For the white area use a light blue on the top and bottom of the fish give it dimension.  Then use a ultra fine black tip marker to line the the sides of the stencil. Do NOT outline to the top and bottom of the fish. I found it help to look up an image of the clown fish to get the image.  Then stencil in the fines with the light orange then the darker orange towards the body of the fish.  Add a black line at the end of the fins.  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.





Die cut light brown from Earth Neutral paper pad with the Fantasy Castle Collage die, twice.  Glue them together.  Heat emboss with Tim Holtz Fire Brick Embossing Glaze.


Coral and Kelp:

Die cut orange and pink paper form Graceful Garden Glitter Pad with the 2 coral dies from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon die set.  Die cut mid tone green paper from Lush Green pad the kelp dies from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon die set and Kelp Collage die set.  Ink using a light and dark green VersaFine Clair.



Adhere the background to a A2 white card.  Adhere the castle to the center of the card.  Arrange the some of the fish, coral, and kelp in layers to provide depth. Adhere 2 of the fish with foam tape to give more depth.  Use the largest and 3rd larges Rectangle Basic Set dies to create a frame.  Die cut 2 frames from Black Glossy paper.  Adhere together and add a piece of acetate to the back side.  Add foam tape to the back of the frame and adhere to the card.








Sat 16

Sending Oceans of Love
by Angie Cimbalo

Really close

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card in blue and yellow using some awesome collage dies.

Here's a closer look at my card:

Really close

The fish were diecut from watercolor paper that was "smooshed" with yellow, orange and blue Distress inks. I also cut them from black to layer each fish so they appear to have a little shadow.

The water background was made with lots of dark blues and a little purple watercolor. While it was drying, I cut the following dies from white card stock and layered them one on top of each other.

Bubble Coral Collage Die
Deepwater Collage Die
Kelp Collage Die

Really close

These dies are so amazing because each opening is a different size making them easy to layer to get a really realistic and fun look. They are magical and ingenious designs, and help us crafters and card makers look like masterful creators, just by combining these collage dies together!

Once the watercolor panel dried, I added the fish, some with glue and some popped up on foam tape. The sentiment, from the "Deep Blue Ocean" stamp set, was heat embossed in white on black card stock. To finish my card I added lots of clear and "Winter Fairy Jewels" and "Clear Fairy Jewels" inside the die cut bubbles and scattered around the card front.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card and thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 29

Masculine Valentine's Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a masculine Valentine's card that is ocean themed featuring the Wave 3D embossing folder and Whale Family die.



Spray Distress Oxide Inks Gathered Twigs, Speckled Egg, and Tumbled Glass on Open Studio Watercolor paper. Lightly spritz with water to slightly blend and activate the Oxide ink.  Heat dry.  Add  gold glitter ink to one side of the Waves 3D embossing folder and emboss the background.  Trim to 4" x 51/4".   The picture does not capture the glitter gold as in real life.  it is spectacular.



Die cut hearts from the Neighborhood Heart Frame out of the dark gold Polished Foil paper pad.



Die cut the large whale from Whale Family die set from white card stock.  Color using the same Distress Oxide ink as the spray ink.  I added from Hickory Smoke to the bottom of the whale and white Pan Pastels.  With a fine tip black marker fill in the eye and blow hole. 



Stamp "Sending You Oceans of Love" from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set with Versa Fine Clair Fallen Leaves on a light blue from Fresh Aqua paper pad.  Trim down and add to a dark brown paper from Earth Neutrals pad.



Cut the same brown paper used in the sentiment to A2 panel.  Adhere the background to the center.  Adhere the panels to a A2 card, any color.  I used Kraft color card.   Adhere the whale to the lower center and the sentiment to the upper left.  Adhere 5 hearts coming out of the blow hole up to the top of the sentiment.


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Mon 16

Seas the Day Collage/Mixed Media Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.  I just got done moving and reorganizing my craft corner.  I had a lot of supplies I had hardly used and wanted to use them again.  A college type scene using mixed media techniques is an easy way to use a lot of different product with your dies.  It is a sea themed collage using the latest Summer Day Dream and Under the Sea release dies and gems.  



I am not going to explain in exact detail on how I created the card.  With mixed media you are just playing with color and textures.  To start a mix media or collage it is easier to pick a color scheme and textures to use through out your design.  For the colors I did stick with traditional ocean colors.  I don't have a complete collection of any inks or paints and just mix and match the different products I have on hand.  The colors I did use  I will reference in distress inks, Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Cracked Pistachio.  I also used silver and bronze.  For texture I used embossing powders, texture pastes, and clear mica flakes.  Play with your products but keep to a color and texture theme and it will all come together in the end.  



For the background I used an extra heavy white card stock, ~140lb, and cut it to 7"x31/2".  I started with creating a stencil by die cutting the Jumbled Line Collage from acetate.  I used matte textured paste to stencil in the center of the background.  Let it dry.  I created a stamp from the Ring Stack die by die cutting from fun foam.  This is an easy why to turn any die cut into a stamp that can be used a few times.  I stamped and blue embossed the image randomly around the back ground.  Next I used spray inks to create the background in all colors in my scheme.  2 of the sprays were shimmer sprays.  Let dry.  To darken the background  ink blended Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon in the center of the card.  Let dry.  Then I added some Distress Crackle paint randomly and then sprinkled with Distress Clear Mica Flakes.


For the images I die cut from the same extra heavy white card stock.  The dies I used are Marina Sailboats, Whale Family, End of My Rope Set, Deep Blue Ocean, and You Anchor Me.  I die cut several of each die and ended up with more then I used.  To color I used various techniques and textures.  Some I embossed with silver.  Some where ink blended with Distress inks and clear heat embossed.  Some where ink blended with Distress inked and applied Distress Crackle paint and sprinkled with Distress Mica Flakes.  Others were sprayed with ink and covered in the Distress Crackle paint.    To add silver to the ink blended die cuts I used a Gelato stick and blended with my fingers.


For placement I kept the images you would find at the top of the water closer to the top of the background and the images under the water closer to the bottom.  Some are only half adhered so I can place items behind them and in front of others to create layers.  Next add some Clear Fairy Drops for bubbles.  I framed the background on a dark blue paper and adhere to the top section of the 5"x7" white card.  For the Sentiment I used the Seas the Day stamp from Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set with deep blue dye ink on strip of white card stock.  Then backed with the a strip of the same deep blue paper.  Adhered on the bottom left hand side of the card.





Fri 06

Knowing You Are There Nautical Card
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello welcome, it's Angie here today with this nautical card using lots of products from Memory Box.  Some are from the brand new 2021 Summer Day Dreams release and others from the 2021 Under the Sea Spring release.  Here's another look at my card:
The sentiment and anchor I used are from the "You Anchor Me" stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and heat embossed in clear and the anchor was stamped in Hero Arts Navy Ink, then die cut with the coordinating die.  Here's a closer look at the Ocean Porthole die with torn paper to represent water and sand.  I also put metal brads on the circles in the porthole die and twine on the anchor.
For the sand and water papers along with the kraft woodgrain background, I used my scissors edge to rough up the edges for a tattered look.  The background wood planks were die cut with the Wood Grain Planks die and cut from ivory woodgrain paper, then inked with Distress ink as seen below:
Then I glued them to some white card stock and cut the excess white off.
I matted that on a piece of cream woodgrain paper then on kraft woodgrain paper.
The torn paper for the water is from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.  The porthole die was also cut from kraft woodgrain paper then adhered to a white one and inked several times with the Distress Ink.
Below you can see to make the sand layer, I used the back of the woodgrain paper and inked it lightly then added some light tan dots with an alcohol marker.

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it inside the porthole just at the top so I could slip in the water and sand papers.  Once they were situated, I cut off the extra.  The anchor was attached in one spot with glue, then with glue dots I adhered the twine on the porthole and the back of the circle.  The porthole was then popped up on fun foam circle for dimension.  

Lastly I added one of the "Graceful Ocean Birds" after coloring his beak, legs and adding an eye with a black marker.  Here's closer look at the bird:
And here's one last look at my card with all the Memory Box products:
I love making nautical cards and they are so easy to do when you have such amazing ocean dies and stamps from Memory Box.  Be sure to check out all the new releases for 2021 HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by!





Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features products from the new Memory Box Summer Daydreams Collection.  I saw a fun technique that Gina K demonstrated on her Youtube channel called Emerging Watercolor.

I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my surface and colored the background using two colors of Tombow Markers.  You can use any water based markers, watercolor or inks for this technique. 


Once my background was colored, I used a paintbrush and plain water to blend the color.  I dried the background completely, then used embossing ink to stamp the fish on the background.  I used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped fish.


Next, I sprayed the background with water and used a dry paper towel to pick up the color. I did this several times to remove as much color as I could.  The embossing powder acts as a resist and the end result is almost a batik look to your background.


Once the background was dry I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to die cut my paper.  I glued two strips of orange cardstock to the background and used foam tape to adhere the die cut anchor to the card. 

I die cut the banner from white cardstock, stamped "Happy Birthday" in orange ink and used foam tape to glue it to my card.


I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base and glued some Fairy Drops to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!