Creative Cards with Creatures of the Sea
One of my favorite sets from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is Seaside Notions, a fun set which is full sketch-style stamps. As you know, I live in a coastal town in Southern California so anything beachy is super popular around here. This stamp set nudges out the others, as the surf shop I sell my cards in has a seahorse as its mascot!
For my first project, I decided to create my own background using tone on tone methods. I stamped in Balmy Blue on some retired Soft Sky cardstock, then used my Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend to fill in the blank space.
This method creates a fun tonal canvas for the eye. I wanted the contrast of the lighter blue in the background, but for a bolder look, you could use the Balmy Blue cardstock. This will create layers of this yummy blue.
For the rest of the card, I used a combination of the Seaside Notions stamp set and the Under the Sea Dies with generous helpings of Wink of Stella. The seahorse is the star of the show. I colored him with a combination of Balmy Blue and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and finished him with Stella. He is layered on the fishing net and seaweed die cuts (also covered in Wink of Stella). The Happy Birthday sentiment was cut with the Tailored Tag punch. The design is finished with some retired glitter dots and twine from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
Shabby Chic Shell Birthday Card
My second card was a total labor of love. I spent a lot of time adjusting the color of my seahorse to fit what I wanted the astethic of the card to be. As you can see in the picture, it took quite a bit of Blends to get it right! While the seahorse again stands out, I wanted to blend all the shell colors with him so it becomes about the whole instead of just him.
For the background I used the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder on Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is a combination of Well Said stamps and the Well Written dies. I colored and fussy cut the shells before attaching them to my card. The finishing touches were a variety of bling, pearls, and sequins in coordinating colors.
I hope you like the cards I shared today. If you want to set up a class to learn to make them, please contact me. If you’d prefer to purchase the finished product, head on over to my Etsy Shop! In the meantime, stop by the comments and let me know which is your favorite!