Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start planning our trips to the beach, the lake or the in-town aquarium. Today we’re sharing projects inspired by the ocean and sea – we are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
I chose to use the Seas the Day stamp set and coordinating dies for the hop today. I also used the Gentle Waves background stamp, but more on that in just a bit.
Here’s my Seas the Day card:
While the card may look complicated, when it’s broken down it becomes just a matter of steps.
- The Balmy Blue base of the card measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
- Next, I trimmed another piece of Balmy Blue to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches for the top.
- I tried to use as little colored cardstock as possible for the front, so I used scraps for the Calypso Coral and Garden Green pieces.
- The inside white cardstock panel measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- Finally, I used some white cardstock scraps for all the stamping and cropping of the starfish, crab, octopus, and fish.
Let’s Break the Card Down:
- First, I created the outside top layer. I started by stamping the Balmy Blue cardstock with Balmy Blue ink using the Gentle Waves background stamp. Since the stamp is a horizontal stamp, I needed to stamp, then mask. Here’s an example:
I repeated the stamp, mask, stamp process on the front of the base of the card as well.
Here’s a picture of this fabulous background stamp:
- Next, I used the background die from the coordinating Seas Die set to crop the ocean scene from my top layer of Balmy Blue cardstock.
- Then I cropped the background die again using the Garden Green scraps and the Calypso Coral scrap. I just needed to snip the unwanted pieces off. Next, I lined up the new layers on the blue layers and adhere them down.
- After adhering the seaweed pieces together, I cropped the longer branched pieces of seaweed.
- I added dimensionals under the cropped background and adhered it to the base of the card.
Dry-fitting the Layout:
- Before doing any of the stamping and cropping of the animals, I used the dies to play around with the placement of each.
- Here’s the final dry-fit layout (but please excuse my much loved grid paper underneath):
- Now, I just had to stamp and crop each. I used Rich Razzleberry for the octopus, Flirty Flamingo for the crab, Grey Granite for the starfish, and Bumblebee for the fish. I did stamp the bubbles in Balmy Blue directly onto the base of the card.
- The octopus and one of the fish are popped up on dimensionals. I adhered the other pieces directly to the cardstock using my favorite multipurpose liquid adhesive.
- It took me until the very end to decide what to do about the sentiment. I decided to stamp the sentiment on part of the cropped out front layer. Then, I cropped it using one of the Scalloped Contour dies. I wanted the rest of the card to be the focal point, so I adhered this directly to the cardstock.
Inside and Envelope Stamping:
- I tried to mimic the front for the inside of the card. The oceans of happiness sentiment comes from Seas the Day. I got the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Artistically Inked stamp set.
- The front of the envelope has just a bit of stamping on the bottom and left side. While stamping the front, I somehow got Garden Green ink on the back of the envelope. It was an easy fix by stamping seaweed, fish, and bubbles to decorate the back of the envelope. Problem solved.
- With that, I’d finished this coordinated card and envelope set.
Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop:
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
- Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
- Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spot
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping<<— YOU ARE HERE!
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today!
Have a Peachy Day!
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