42 posts categorized "Under the Sea"


Wed 02

School of Fish Friends by Jean Okimoto

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A mixed fish collection probably isn't part of a typical friendship card - I hope their diversity (and a bit of social-distancing) is a reflection of everyday life.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after a long morning of glitches...age-, files-, battery- and camera-related issues that all kicked in at once.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut it with Ring Stack. Attach strips of doublestick tape across the back of the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").  Set the delicate Ring Stack diecut into the adhesive-backed offcut.

Blend blue, teal, lavender and purple inks on smooth white cardstock.  Splatter it with specks of blue ink and Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the inks, then cut the cardstock with Ring Stack.  Insert the oval offcuts - the adhesive is already there, just press them into place!  This creates a smooth inlaid card front vs. a piece of inked cardstock between the top layer and the card front.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to portions of the light gold, blue and turquoise Polished Foil Pad sheets.  The extra layer adds dimension and defines the details on the fish.  You'll have a lot of beautiful, detailed metallic fish for future projects! 

Attach the fishes - use foamtape for the 3 gold fishes.

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Prep white cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of gold.  Stamp the greeting - from the Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  Cut it with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut a scrap of the ink-blended paper to add some color to the right edge of the circle.


Thanks for stopping by - see you again tomorrow!








Sat 29

Embossed Watercolor Scene + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this underwater scene card featuring the brand new 3D "Underwater" embossing folder. I combined it with lots of other Memory Box supplies. I also have a short video showing how I made this card:

In the video above, you can see how I used inks plus water and paint brushes with watercolors and and Fairy Sugar dew drops to enhance the detailed embossing you get with these 3D folders.    Here's a closer look at my card:

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And don't you just love the new clear jewels that were just released?  They really make the scene come alive and look like real water droplets on the card.  This card was a lot of fun to create! I have linked my supplies below if you are interested in them.
Here's one last look:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!





Fri 28

by Donna Sledzik


Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Today's card celebrates the unofficial start of the Summer season, so I went with a patriotic color scheme.

I started by applying Antique Linen Distress Ink to my craft mat and misting it with water. Next, I took a piece of watercolor paper and dragged it through the ink. I wanted a very subtle application of ink, so one swipe was enough, and then I dried the ink with my heat tool.

Next, I glued red and blue strips of cardstock to the left side of the inked paper and spattered it with white and black ink.

I die cut the Spiral Shell from watercolor paper. I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink on the shell outline and used Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door and Antique Lined for the shell background. I spattered the shell background with plain water and dried it with a heat tool. 


I glued the shell outline to the shell background and used foam tape to adhere it to the card front.

Next, I white heat embossed the word celebrate and glued it to the shell.

I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!






Thu 27

Graceful Jellyfish Floating in the Kelp Collage by Jean Okimoto



Frame a glittered Graceful Jellyfish with the new Kelp Collage and attach multi-sized Fairy Drops for added sparkle. Hello - Jean Okimoto here - hope you're enjoying our Design Team's  Under the Sea Collection cards and Challenge inspiration.  

Why not share your designs and enter May's Water Challenge?  the entry deadline is Sunday May 30th.  We'd love to see your cards!


Cut the dark purple 6x6 sheet from the Twilight Purple Collection with the largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut it with the Kelp Collage.  Cut a piece of ink-blended paper to attach behind the collage.  Attach both layers to a top-folded purple A-2 card.


Cut one of the Graceful Jellyfish from the pale blue 6x6 Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the textured underlayer from the white glitter pad sheet.  Attach the layered jellyfish to the background.  Add different sizes of the clear Fairy Drops.

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Clear Fairy Drops add sparkly highlights to brightly-colored design elements.  Protect the gems on mailed cards with a layer of cardstock.  Embellished designs may require special handling and additional postage.


Here's another way to use the great Graceful Jellyfish die set...invert them and create flowers!  Here's a link with the details.

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





Tue 25

Tropical Centerpiece
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a card I created inspired by some images I googled. I was looking for a giant shell with flowers in the center as a centerpiece. I found some great inspiration! The Grand Tulip Shell was the perfect base. Memory Box has an abundance of flower dies and the newest Under the Sea Release has coral and sea grass!!


I die cut all the images using Open Studio Watercolor Paper and inked them up with distress oxide inks. 

Grand Tulip Shell Die/ tattered rose, dried marigold, victorian velvet, worn lipstick

Layered Fresh Flowers Die/ pink- picked raspberry and spun sugar, orange- rusty hinge and fossilized amber/ centers- evergreen bough

Forest Pine Branch Die/ crushed olive and evergreen bough

Coral and Kelp Ribbon Die/ coral- salvaged patina and peacock feathers; kelp- twisted citron and rustic wilderness

Thank You Posh Script Die/ salvaged patina and peacock feathers

The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps, Whittle Sealife Sentiments 


After I assembled the seashell and florals I added some white paint splatter. Both cream and kraft paper are the newest Woodgrain Paper Packs. I die cut the top panel using Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die. For a finishing touch I scattered some Bright Jewels Gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mon 24

Waves-tossed Grand Tulip Shell
by Anne Thompson

Continuing with this month's water theme I made a card that features a Waves-tossed Grand Tulip shell.


To make this card I began with a Pool notecard and a sheet of aqua cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 which I embossed using the WAVES EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1013.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the waves to the card front after trimming it to 4 X 5 1/4.


Next I used two pieces of the Open Studio WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and my small set of Kuretake watercolors to create the papers I needed for the shell.  I did refer to the GRAND TULIP SHELL outline die as I painted one of the papers so that I would have a darker area in the shell opening which is at the bottom right.  I used the GRAND TULIP SHELL dies 94566 to cut the outline from one of the papers and the solid shell from the other.



I used a glue pen to attach the outline to the solid shell layer and Scor-Tape to secure the shell to the waves paper.  I then added three small blue Fairy Jewels to complete the card.


Happy Crafting!

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Sun 23

Double-Emboss for Extra Details by Jean Okimoto


Add extra dimension and highlight the details of the School of Fish by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it.  This technique presses the details down into the Open Studio Watercolor Paper so it retains more of the original white color when inks are sponged onto the surface. Hope you're enjoying the weekend - Jean Okimoto here with an Under the Sea design in soft shades of green, teal and lavender.


Pressure-emboss School of Fish on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper - use the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Place the paper on a hard flat surface and sponge the design with peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and shaded lilac Distress Oxides - color-blend the inks just on the surface of the embossed paper - don't press the inks into the embossed design.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, and let it cool completely.  Cut it with School of Fish.

Cut the pale blue-lavender 6x6 sheet from the Stormy Blue Collection with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Center the rectangle in the Underwater 3D Embossing Folder and pressure-emboss the design.  Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach 5 fishes  - use foamtape for the top, 3rd and 4th fishes.  

Cut the delicate coral from the lavender Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the seaweed stalk twice from the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim about 1" from the bottom of one stalk and divide it into two narrow pieces.  Attach the seaweed and coral to the background.  There's a lot happening on the card - but the layered, blended colors play nicely with the detailed design.  I hope!


Thanks for visiting...hope you'll try this technique to highlight and emphasize the details of this versatile die.  It can be a Father's Day or birthday card for that special guy.  See you again on Thursday!






Fri 21

See You Soon
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today's card features more new products from the new Under the Sea release. 

I started by partially die cutting the Jumbled Line Collage on white cardstock. I wanted it to fit an A2 size card.

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I glued the die cut background to a light blue piece of cardstock, then adhered it to a red cardstock mat. 

Next, I embossed a navy blue piece of cardstock using the Waves 3D embossing folder. I lightly sanded the paper to reveal the raised lines of the waves. I trimmed across the waves so that the boat I'm adding would look like its sailing on the ocean.


*I changed the background paper behind the die cut to a lighter color. I forgot to take a picture of it.

Next, I die cut the boat from white cardstock and used colored pencils to color it. I cut a slit in the waves to insert the boat.

I used foam tape to adhere the waves and boat to the card front.

I used a scrap of red cardstock to make a flag for the boat.

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To finish the card I white heat embossed the sentiment on red cardstock, used a circle die to cut out the shape and glued it to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!








Mon 17

Love Sick Jellyfish
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, using the newest Under the Sea Release.  I had a lot of fun creating with these Graceful Jellyfish. I added a light wash of color onto watercolor paper with Karin Brushmarkers. After the paper dried I die cut the jellyfish. I added glitter to some the tentacles and body and assembled. 


Next, I die cut the Ring Stack Die two times using the 6x6 Polished Foil Pack. I adhered the rings diagonally. Than I adhered the jellyfish over them.

Using the left over watercolored paper, I stamped the sentiments. For a finishing touch I added some Fairy Drops.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sun 16

Clean & Simple Mixed Media Card + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie today with this fun CAS (clean and simple) mixed media card.
I used lots of dies from Memory Box including the newly released "Jumbled Line Collage" die, which I used as a stencil for some embossing paste.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.  If you prefer, you can click on the "YouTube" on the bottom of the video to watch it on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel while you are there so you won't miss new content!

Here's a closer look at the center of the card:

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 I have a few more pictures to share below:

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Here's one with the Memory Box supplies I used:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today!

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the newest products that came out this month!
So many amazing dies, plus woodgrain paper, and the most gorgeous gems and droplets too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!