Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Sea Scene

Hello Crafters!

It's Kelly here and I've been playing with our dies again! I can't stop!!

I've been really into sea and ocean sets lately and it's also been a bit since I played with building a scene so I started there. I felt like the largest banner die was a fun way to add my scene to a card .

I die cut my banner out of plain white card stock and stamped part of the Wild Waters background stamp in tumbled glass to get my horizon line. I stamped it a second time to create a mask. Save both pieces! My adorable little sail boat was stamped and masked as well. I masked the water and blended some distress ink onto my sky. I used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. You can't have an ocean scene without some Salty Ocean!  

I removed my water mask and added the sky mask. Careful here . . .If your distress ink is still wet your mask may not stick as well as it usually does. I blended on more distress ink. I used Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, and Salty Ocean. Your darkest colors should be at your horizon line. I stamped the Wild Waters again in Salty Ocean and once more with just water. I wasn't working on watercolor paper so I didn't add a ton of water but a little will still lift or bleach the color from your background without warping the paper. Remove all the masks. 

I colored the boat with copics and then used a few more copics to add some various lines in my water. It just makes it more interesting. Now the fun part! I added some waves and clouds that I think came out super cool :) I did it by tapping on some white acrylic paint using a stiff bristle brush. It looks like real water splashes doesn't it?! So Fun!! 
I added a few splashes here and there for interest. 
Once I stamped my sentiment and added a bit of Wink of Stella to the sail and water for some shine. 
I mounted the stamped panel onto my card base with dimensional adhesive over red and navy banners. 

You don't just have to build a scene straight onto your card base or even on a square panel. Have fun, use shapes! With just a bit of masking it's easy to create a fun scene with real dimension. Last tip, just because it isn't a "card" supply doesn't mean you can't use it to enhance your design. Get out the paint, beads, string. Whatever. Make it yours :) 

Did you see we have a new SALE section? All kinds of goodies in there at discounted prices! Also there's only a couple days left to link up to our July projects in the side bar! 

Thanks for visiting!

Underwater Love 

Wild Waters

Stacked Pierced Banners 


  1. Wow Kelly that scene on the banner is amazing!!! Love it!

  2. Vibrant and it totally embodies summer fun.

  3. This is beautiful! The water and sky look so real!!

  4. What a beautiful card, stunning colours!

  5. Stunning! I love how you create the splashes and clouds.

  6. Thanks for sharing the tips, Kelly. I especially like the tip about using supplies not specifically geared for card makers. Your use of masking is fabulous. And your splashes look amazing!