39 posts categorized "Under the Sea"


Sat 16

Sending Oceans of Love
by Angie Cimbalo

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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:

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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

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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!







Sun 04

Waving Hello
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a very friendly octopus! I die cut the Deep Sea Octopus and colored him with Copic Markers. I die cut the School of Fish and left them uncolored.

I die cut the Bubble Coral Collage Die using a piece of Lush Green 6x6 paper. I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set, Whittle Sealife Sentiments from Poppy Stamps. I layered the under water scene with a layer of blue paper from Ocean Blue 6x6 paper.

After the card was assembled, I scattered some clear jewels.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wed 30

Diecut the Grand Tulip Shell from Recycled Paper by Jean Okimoto


Do you ever save paper because it's just too pretty to toss...like the cover of  the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad? Here's a way to use the glossy soft pastel-striped cover sheet - diecut the Grand Tulip Shell background, then top it with a delicate gold Polished Foil diecut.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with bit of up-cycling on a slimline friendship card.  My class kits are filled with Memory Box papers and cardstock.  I buy a lot of extras in addition to my Design Team supplies - and accumulate a lot of covers from the paper and cardstock packs.  Many are too pretty to throw into the recycle bin.  


I cut the soft rainbow pastels cover of the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad - the colors were perfect for the Grand Tulip Shell background.  Pressure-embossing with the detailed Grand Tulip Shell die added dimension - and made it easier to attach the detailed gold layer.  

Cut the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle from the creamy yellow sheet in the 6x6 Sunny Orange Collection.  Spritz the large center offcut with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Color Clear Fairy Jewels with a dark yellow Sharpie or Copic Marker and set them aside to dry.

Stamp the greeting - from the Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - on a medium yellow sheet from the Sunny Orange Collection with Melon Impress Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach the diecuts and jewels to a pink slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

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You can also create a striped background of the Delicate Pastels with 1" wide strips of the actual 6x6 sheets and diecut it for a sparkly shell.  It would be a pretty card for a summer birthday celebration.

Thanks for visiting - keep cool and safe this weekend!





Fri 25

Whale Love
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some whale love! Here is a list of supplies I used:

Ocean Porthole Die

Whale Family Die

Coral and Kelp Ribbon Die

Woodgrain Paper Pack, Kraft

Sunny Orange 6x6 Paper Pack

Fresh Aqua 6x6 Paper Pack

Clear Jewels 

Whittle Sealife Sentiments from Poppy Stamps

My card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Here are the steps to create this card:

Trim a piece of blue paper from the Fresh Aqua Paper Pack to fit the card base. 

Trim the Woodgrain Kraft Paper to fit the card base.

Secure the Ocean Porthole Die to the center of the kraft paper and run thru a die machine.

Use the Ocean Porthole Die again and die cut a piece of yellow paper from the Sunny Orange Paper Pack.

Die cut the whale family and coral and color with Copic Markers.

I used shades B000, B01, B02, B04; C1, C3; YG21, YG25.

Using the same blue paper, stamp and trim the sentiments.

Adhere the layers, using foam tape to prop up the kraft paper, ocean porthole, whales and sentiments.

After assembling, scatter the clear jewels.


Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Fri 25

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!

Today's card starts with a watercolor background I found in my stash of papers.  I often create various backgrounds and put them in a basket for future use.

I trimmed the watercolor background and mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock. Next I adhered it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Bubble Border die from blue cardstock and only used the circles to create bubbles on the background. I sponged white ink over the circles to soften the color and spattered the background with white and orange inks.


Next, I die cut the jellyfish from watercolor paper and added color to them with orange distress inks. I used foam tape to glue them to the card.

To finish the card, I stamped the word "Hello" in the bottom right hand corner of the card.


That's it for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!







Tue 22

Backlit Under the Sea Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hello.  I have a card using the Pinpoint Burst Plate die cut over a acetate card so it shows the light through the back to create rays of light showing in the water scene. Such a easy way to create this effect.   



Die cut the Pinpoint Burst Plate from 110 card stock. Ink blend from the center of the Burts with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and then Salty Ocean. Randomly add Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough with Salty Ocean and lightly blend together.  Then add Chipped Sapphire to the bottom and half way up the side of the panel.  Spray with water and let sit then damped off with a towel.  In the center add white Pan-pastel to mute out the yellow a little. Try to keep the backside of the card clean as it will show.



For the coral ink bland Distress Oxide Abandon Coral than Squeezed Lemonade on white card stock.  Die cut the coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage.  For the kelp ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss √. Die cut the kelp from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage. For other plants ink bland Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio than Evergreen Bough on white card stock.  Die cut the plants from from the Deepwater Collage.  Glue them in plant round the bottom and halfway up the side with the plants pointing  towards the center point.



Die cut the mermaid from Mermaid Wonder Frame from dark brown card stock and then just the tail from a aqua paper from Polished Foil pack.  Fussy cut the tail and glue over the body.  Color the hair with a red alcohol marker and color the cuts in the hair with a black alcohol marker. Glue a shell sequin for the top to the mermaid.  Glue the mermaid to the center of the card.



Ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss on white card stock and die cut the base die from the Birthday Mail Posh Script die.  Die cut the top die out of the same aqua Polished Foil paper.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom die cut. Add mounting tape to the back of the sentiment die cut.


Create an A2 size card out of heavy acetate.  Add a thin line of glue on the  around the edge on the backside of the card base and adhere to the front of the acetate card.  Hold firm in place until dry.  For the inside die cut the larger die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set from white card stock. Add glue and adhere on the inside of the card to cover up the glue from the front panel.  To create to write a personal message, cut 2 small pieces of white, light weight ,card stock.  Adhere 1 to the inside of the card and the other to the back side to cover the adhesive that shows.  Adhere the sentiment to the front panel, center top.