Birthday card with Sea of Textures

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun birthday card created with the Sea of Textures bundle and the Tranquil Textures DSP! Who wouldn’t love a birthday card with an ocean theme? This fun card not only has lots of textures, but a little bit of shimmer too! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for warmer weather and spending time at the beach!

To start, the base layer is this design from Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

To create the frame, use a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut at 3 ¾” x 5” and use the 2ndand 3rdlargest Rectangle Stitched Framelits:

For the front of the card, use the net and the two sand dollar dies on some Sahara Sand cardstock, first creating the shimmer with Frost White Shimmer Paint (either apply with a sponge or a spritzer mixed with alcohol and a few drops of paint) and keep the stars for the card front, cut the seagrass in Tranquil Tide and Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cut a piece of Vellum cardstock a 1” x 3 3/8” and stamp the seaweed stamp in Tranquil Tide ink (I used my snips to cut along the seaweed), use both coral dies to cut out of Vellum cardstock and then use your Stamparatus to line up the stamp (out of the vellum cut-out) to stamp in Calypso Coral ink, and then use Sponge Daubers to ink the octopus in Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede inks, cutting out of the Whisper White cardstock with the coordinating die. **TIP-I used my Stamparatus for the octopus, this way if I wanted to add more ink and stamp again it is already lined up:

For the inside, you will use the two sand dollars and the coral cut out of the Vellum cardstock:

You will flip the frame over (the back is facing you) and use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the seaweed and seagrass to the back of the frame:

Flip the frame back over (so the front is facing you), use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the stamped coral image and the two stars:

I wanted the net in the corner, so I positioned it to where I wanted and then folded the overlapping ends over, used my snips to trim at the fold, and then adhered with Snail (I used my Paper Piercer to remove any adhesive in the net openings):

To adhere the frame to the base layer, I used foam strips to “pop it up”:

I used dimensionals to adhere the octopus in the middle and then this completed piece is adhered to a Tranquil Tide cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment from Special Celebrations is stamped in Tranquil Tide ink, the two sand dollars are adhered with glue dots, and the vellum coral piece is adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen:

Wasn’t that a fun card to make? If you wanted to make this into a shaker card, you could easily adhere a cut Window Sheet to the back of the frame before the cardstock and vellum pieces, use the foam strips completely around, and then add some Tranquil Textures Sprinkles!

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Color me Beach Happy!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new stamp set Beach Happy! The beach really is my happy place, so another beach stamp set? Yes, please! Lol Would you believe that the coloring was done totally with Brusho?? That’s right, just mix the powders until you achieve the color you want! 

The idea for this actually came to me to create a “post card” like card. Remember back in the day when friends and family would go on vacation and they would find cute and funny post cards to send? (Think of “wish you were here”) So, I thought I would give it a try and see how it turned out! 

I first started out with a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. The palm tree trunk is heat embossed, first stamping in VersaMark ink, then stamping in Crumb Cake ink, and Clear Embossing Powder is used. For the rest of the stamps, I heat embossed Gold Embossing Powder:

I picked up this muffin style palette a while back from one of the big box craft stores for just a couple of dollars. I like to use this when I use Brusho, whether it’s for single colors or mixing the colors. For the sand, I mixed Yellow, Gamboge, and a little bit of Brilliant Red. The chair is colored in Yellow, the bag is colored in Moss Green, and the hat and umbrella are colored in Brilliant Red, with some Yellow added to the umbrella to give kind of a “weathered” look. The sky is colored using Prussian Blue, I made sure to use it lightly by not getting too much of the ink on my Aqua Painter. To create the water, I mixed Prussian Blue and Moss Green until I achieved my desired color:

After I finished “painting” and letting the cardstock dry, I wanted to add some more depth to the card by using some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the “waves crashing on the shore”. The best way I have found to apply a minimal amount of embossing paste is to cut a Q-Tip in half and use the stick end. I also wanted to add some “waves” out in the water and since using the wave stamp that is in this set was not really going to work, I got out this small lined stamp from High Tide and stamped that in Whisper White Craft ink:

Once this piece is completely dried, I adhered it with a strong adhesive (the paper warps some with the heat embossing and water coloring), either Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, or even Fast Fuse if you have some of this left, onto this design of DSP from Tranquil Textures, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. This piece is then adhered to a Tranquil Tide card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, with the sentiment from the stamp set, palm tree, and bag all heat embossed:

So, are you dreaming of the beach right now? Or maybe just somewhere warmer! Lol If you’ve thought about Brusho Crystal Colour or maybe you have it and are a little intimidated about how to use it, just experiment! This was actually my second go at this card, the first one I did not like the sky at all and so I started over! Also, having something to mix the colors in helps as well and you can control the depth of the color by how much water you add, which I just squeeze water from my Aqua Painter.

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Tranquil Textures Shaker Card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun (and surprisingly easy) shaker card made with the Tranquil Texture’s Suite! I’ve been wanting to make a shaker card for a while now, so this was on today’s “must make” list!! Part of the Tranquil Textures Suite are the Tranquil Texture Sprinkles, however, I decided to use the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins in Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink and used Wink of Stella on everything!!

To create this card, first start with the card base in Soft Sea Foam cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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From the Tranquil Textures DSP, cut two pieces from this design at 4” x 5 ¼” and then cut a piece of Window Sheet at 4” x 5 ¼”. To make the frame for the top piece, you can either use the largest square from the Layering Squares Framelits, or do what I did and measure ½” in on each side and then use your Stampin’ Trimmer to cut out the middle:

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I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the Window Sheet to the frame (HINT-if your Window Sheet has static, you can either use your Embossing Buddy or a dryer sheet on the Window Sheet to eliminate the static):

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The octopus is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Soft Sea Foam ink, with Tranquil Tide ink sponged along the tentacles using a Sponge Dauber, and then cut out with the coordinating die from the Under the Sea Framelits. The sand dollar’s, coral, and sea grass are also from the Under the Sea Framelits in Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Fresh Fig, and Soft Sea Foam cardstock. All pieces are brushed with Wink of Stella. I used the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins in Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink for the “shaker” part of the card:

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For the base DSP, I used the net stamp from Sea of Textures stamp set in Sahara Sand ink and then arranged the image pieces, making sure that they are high enough from the bottom so that the frame doesn’t cover them. After arranging the pieces, I then used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere to the DSP:

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For the sequins, I used some of the adhesive backed ones first, placed the Foam Adhesive Strips along the edges, added some of the Iridescent Sequins, and then adhered the top piece (Window Sheet). In my opinion, having all the layer pieces the same size made it much easier to line them up:

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I used the extra cut out pieces for the frame (except the large sand dollar in Night of Navy) and then adhered to the card base:

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For the inside, I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, used the background stamp along the bottom in Soft Sea Foam ink, stamped the long seaweed stamp on the left side in Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, and Tranquil Tide inks, and then adhered the sand dollar:

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Wasn’t that easy?? Sometimes I really struggle making a Shaker Card, lining everything up and adhering can be a little off..lol I really like how the Iridescent Sequins really coordinate with the colors of this card.

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Just add words

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is featuring the Tranquil Textures Suite! This suite got lots of attention when I first got it, but it’s slowly been pushed aside and neglected..lol So, I thought I would dust it off and bring it front and center to create today’s card! It also gave me the opportunity to use some of my new Stampin’ Blends colors and to experiment with Vellum!

The card base is Soft Sea Foam, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is DSP from the Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 3 ½”:

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The next layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 3 ¼”. I used the Dark Mint Macaron, Dark Soft Sea Foam, and Light Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends to create the background, using the brush tip end. The edges are “roughed up” by using the blade of a pair of scissors:

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I used the seaweed stamp from Sea of Textures in Mint Macaron ink on a piece of Vellum cardstock and then cut it out with the net from Under the Sea Framelits Dies:

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One of the coral pieces is stamped in Mint Macaron ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with the coordinating die, and then the other two are cut out of Grapefruit Grove cardstock. The starfish/sand dollar are cut out of Sahara Sand cardstock and the seagrass is cut out of Vellum cardstock and I sponged Mint Macaron ink with a Sponge Dauber:

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The seaweed is stamped in Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, and Tranquil Tide inks and the textured stamp is in Soft Sea Foam ink with Tranquil Tide ink sponged on with a Sponge Dauber:

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The net and sea grass are adhered with Glue Dots:

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The coral in Grapefruit Grove is adhered with Glue Dots and then the other coral piece and sand dollar are adhered with Mini Dimensionals. I added some Wink of Stella and a few Adhesive-Backed Sequins in Soft Sea Foam:

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The background on the card base is the net and textured stamp in Soft Sea Foam ink:

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The DSP is adhered to the card base and then the Whisper White cardstock is adhered with Dimensionals:

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For the inside on Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the seaweed in Mint Macaron ink (1stand 2ndgeneration stamping), the net in Sahara Sand ink, and the textured stamp in Soft Sea Foam ink. I adhered the starfish and sand dollars with Glue Dots and added some Wink of Stella:

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Whether you create cards as needed or have a dedicated creative session (making a whole bunch at once), it’s always nice to have a few “just add words” around for just in case! This really was a fun and easy card to make, I hope you CASE it!!

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What inspires you?

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which was inspired by a local paint bar!  I follow a few places here in Hampton Roads on Facebook and have gone to a few paint nights myself, lots of fun and no experience necessary, so when I saw one particular post, I thought of Magical Mermaid! Below is the picture that inspired me and then how I created my own version:

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I first started with a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

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To start creating the water, I used the large brush tip Aqua Painter and Night of Navy ink:

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Next, I added Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, and Fresh Fig inks with the Aqua Painter:

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Then went back over with some brush strokes of Night of Navy ink:

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For some added effect, I used some Whisper White Craft ink with the Aqua Painter and then one of the stamps from Artisan Textures:

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The small silhouette mermaid from Magical Mermaid is stamped in Memento ink:

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The card base is Fresh Fig cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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On a scrap piece of Watercolor Paper, I used the Aqua Painter and colored two spots with Crumb Cake ink and one spot with Fresh Fig ink. Then I used the coral and sand dollar framelits from the Under the Sea Framelits Dies to cut out the Watercolor Paper:

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The base layer is from the Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and adhered to the card base:

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Adhere a piece of the 5/8” Burlap Ribbon to the back of the Watercolor Paper with the ends sticking out and then fray the ends with your fingernails, then adhere to the base layer with dimensionals:

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I added some Wink of Stella to the sand dollars, coral, and mermaid, then adhered the starfish (which is from the sand dollar framelit) in each corner with glue dots:

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For the inside, the sentiment is from the Magical Mermaid stamp set in Fresh Fig ink, the bubbles are from the Artisan Textures stamp set in Balmy Blue ink. From the same DSP used on the front, I used a ¾” x 4” piece to adhere on the side, and then adhere the sand dollars and coral:

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So, what do you think?? I really like how my version turned out and this was a fun way to get creative from some not so typical inspiration!! For my next card, I’m going to try and create a flower with some framelits that you would never think to use, so stay tuned!!

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