Today's post is a follow up to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set. To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
One of the first things you think of when you see the images included with the Seaside Shore stamp set is an underwater scene. For this card, I decided to watch the fish swim through an aquarium window.
This card begins with a card base of Basic Gray cardstock. A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder (with the squiggly wave lines going horizontal). Pool Party ink was lightly sponged across the squiggly wave lines to bring them into higher relief. The three fish images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Calypso Coral for the Tang, Tranquil Tide for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray for the Moorish Idol. Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the vanilla areas of the Moorish Idol and Angelfish and over the striped fin areas of the Tang. Once the Wink of Stella dried, the fish were cut out with Paper Snips. The sea grass image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink. A Blender Pen was used to color the sea grass images with Lemon Lime Twist ink squeezed to the inside top of the ink pad lid. Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the sea grass images. The sea grass was cut out with Paper Snips once the Wink of Stella dried.
The sea grass images were adhered along the bottom right edge of the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock using Mini Glue Dots. Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Moorish Idol fish among the leaves of the sea grass, the Tang to the left of the sea grass, and the Angelfish above the sea grass with the top fin of the Angelfish 3/8" below the top edge of the cardstock. A piece of Window Sheets cut to the same size as the cardstock was adhered over the scene using Mini Glue Dots.
Strips of Silver Foil Sheets were adhered along the left and right edges of the Window Sheets using Mini Glue Dots with the outer edge of the Silver Foil Sheets extending 1/16" beyond the outer edge of the Window Sheets. Two strips of Silver Foil Sheets were cut the width of the scene (including the Silver Foil Sheets strips adhered along the right and left sides) with the ends cut at 45 degree angles toward the center and adhered along the top and bottom edges of the scene using Mini Glue Dots to complete the window frame. The framed aquarium window was adhered at the center of the card front.
The "Hoping Your Day Goes Swimmingly" greeting was inked with the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker for the "Hoping", "Day Goes", and "Swimmingly", the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker for "Your", and the Lemon LIme Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the water drops to the left of "Your" and to the right of "Goes" then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. [Tips: 1. When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, use the side of the brush tip for more consistent application of ink to the stamp image. 2. Be sure to exhale over the inked image - "huff" - before stamping to make sure that all of the ink is moistened.] The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits (1-7/8" x 2-3/4"). The greeting was matted with piece of Calypso Coral cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using a scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3"). The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the Window Sheets along the left side of the window frame with the top of the matted greeting 1-1/4" from the top of the window frame.
The "Ahoy, There!" banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut out with Paper Snips. The banner was adhered just above the top of the matted greeting using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (one placed behind the "A" in "Ahoy" and the other placed above and behind the "E!" of "There!".
Once I completed this card, I had it sitting on my work table for a couple of days and realized that adding a few of the clear iridescent sequins here and there to the embossed cardstock for bubbles would have been a neat touch. Another thought that occurred to me was that this window frame would have made a cute Shaker Card using the iridescent sequins.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Another aquarium window was created using the same process as used for the card front with the exceptions that:
- A plain oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3") was used to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock prior to embossing with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder
- The same plain oval was used to die cut a piece of Window Sheets to cover the scene. Rolled up Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Window Sheets to the cardstock
- The window frame was created with two Layering Ovals Framelits placed one inside the other to cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheets (2-1/8" x 3" for the outside and 1-7/8" x 2-3/4" for the inside). The frame was adhered to the Window Sheets with rolled up Mini Glue Dots
The aquarium window was adhered near the upper center of the liner. The "Congrats" banner was created using the Banners for You stamp set. The banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray ink. The "Congrats" greeting was stamped inside the banner using Calypso Coral ink. [Tip: The Banners for You stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set. The best stamping images are achieved when you place a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock prior to stamping.] The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The banner was adhered below the window using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The three fish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope. Calypso Coral ink for the Tang, Tranquil Tide ink for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray ink for the Moorish Idol. The bubbles were randomly stamped in the open areas using Pool Party ink. [Tip: Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that images are stamped only on the envelope flap.]
The neat thing about this card is that it works for folks of all ages. Just change the message on the banner inside the card to make it specific to an event or just to say "hello".
Card Measurements --
Basic Gray: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Calypso Coral: 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Very Vanilla: 2@ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets: 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 2 @ 1/4" x 5-1/2", 2 @ 1/4" x 4-1/4"; Window Sheets: 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Seaside Shore, Banners For You; Inks: Basic Gray Archival, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Stampin' Write Markers: 2017-2019 In Color (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide), Subtles (Calypso Coral); Cardstock: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Sponge, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope