Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a fun summer themed card featuring the new Sea Turtle stamp set! Why the Sea Turtle stamp set? Well, it is a reversable stamp set, which means one side is the solid background and the other side is the detailed, and I just thought it was super cute! There are no coordinating dies or sentiments, so that means that you will have to fussy cut any images out and you can use any sentiment of your choosing, not like I (or you) haven’t mixed up sentiments with stamp set, lol! Now, I am not one for fussy cutting and I was a little hesitant at first, but I’m glad I went ahead and purchased this stamp set because fussy cutting is super easy! I fussy cut the star fish and large turtle on the card front with ease, and yes, I know there are machines out there that will do that for you, but I just didn’t feel like getting it out and setting it up, lol! Anywhooo, since I needed a retirement card, I thought this would be perfect to play around with the Sea Turtle stamp set! I had a couple of ideas floating around in my head, but I ultimately decided to create my own scenery because I really wanted to heat emboss the “sea foam” for a beach shoreline feel. I will also share with you my “what if I try this?” that really makes the turtle stand out!
The base layer for the card front is a piece of Basic White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, I used the Clear Block F to ink with Sahara Sand, Soft Sea Foam, and Pear Pizzazz ink, used a Blending Brush to “dap” the lines between the colors, spritzed with water, and “stamped” the block on the cardstock. I used a heat tool to dry the cardstock, stamped the school of fish in Mossy Meadow ink, stamped the bubbly stamp in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, and used the largest Deckled Rectangle die to die-cut out:
For the rest of the card front, you will need:
1. Ink the large turtle stamp with Pear Pizzaz ink, use a sponge dauber with Soft Suede ink to color around the edges of the turtle and randomly on the shell, and stamp this on a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. I felt the turtle looked a little dull, so I went back and stamped with Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut out.
2. Stamp the sentiment from Paradise Palms in Pear Pizzazz ink and use the small oval from the Double Oval Punch to punch out.
3. Use the larger scalloped oval from the Double Oval Punch to punch out, this will be layered under the above sentiment.
4. On Basic White cardstock, stamp the small starfish stamp once each in Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, and Crumb Cake ink, and fussy cut each out.
5. You will need three each of the Old Olive and white Faux Sea Glass Shapes, not pictured.
To assemble the card front, first adhere the base layer scenery cardstock to a Sahara Sand cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”, use dimensionals to adhere the fussy cut turtle, adhere the fussy cut starfish and faux sea glass along the “shoreline” (use a dimensional for one of the starfish on the left side), and adhere the layered oval punch sentiment towards the bottom, right corner:
For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Charming Sentiments in Pear Pizzazz ink, stamp the small starfish in the bottom, left corner in Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz inks, and stamp the large starfish in the bottom, right corner in Crumb Cake ink:
For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelope, I stamped the small turtle and small starfish in Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz inks:
How fun and easy is this card?? Whether it’s fussy cutting or stamping directly to paper, I can see a lot of fun possibilities with this stamp set! If you have never tried a “reversable” stamp set, you should definitely give the Sea Turtle stamp set a try!
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