Friday, June 10, 2016

Surf 'n Sea

I am liking new stamps I picked up last week so decided to use them again. (HERE is the card I first made with them.)

A panel of cardstock was texture embossed with ink to emphasize the background text. This embossing folder is all about the ocean and beach with words such as shark, surf, boat, flip flops and starfish to mention only a few. After adhering a scrap of cardstock stamped with dots, the other die cut or stamped elements were adhered with foam for
dimension. Items that were sponged before adhering were the kelp and the oval for the sentiment. Once everything was adhered, three clear droplets were added. This panel was all adhered to a panel of cardstock and to a card base. The card base was lined with white cardstock and decorated by stamping the coral image a few times.

Close up of the text:

Here are the challenges for the card:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #163: I changed the orientation without turning the sketch's basic design.

2. Inkspirational #110: The background texture fulfills the TEXT word prompt requirement.

3. Cut It Up #98: The theme is "Sun 'n Surf"
plus a die cut element.

4. Aud Sentiments #157: The theme is "Under the Sea" plus a sentiment.

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, dry embossing with ink, punch cutting, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Pool Party, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Maritime Collection (retired)
Die: Striped Scalloped Thinlit
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Stamps: Hero Arts Pearl Strings background & Paper Smooches "Surf and Turf"
Inks: Stazon Jet Black
Dies: Gina K Designs Stacking Ovals; Hero Arts Goldfish Frame Cuts (kelp); Spellbinders (sentiment)
Punch: Fiskars Wave Border
Misc.: Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets; Sizzix TIEF "Ocean Script"


  1. Awesome take on the sketch Melanie! Love die cut layers and the little fussy cut images. Perfect! :)

  2. Very beach! I love anything with the theme of summer, ocean and the beach!

  3. This is so creative! Who'd have thought to make a sea scene using that sketch? You really made it work. I love it, and love all the details.

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our Sun & Surf challenge!


  4. Wow, I love the look of your distressed embossing folder, really cool! Such cute details too. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

  5. I love the whole scene that you created - the crab, the algae, the little fish... it's all so cute. And somehow, it all fits perfectly into the sketch, which is just amazing. I don't know how you make it work! "The wheels inside go round and round," as they say... You never cease to amaze me with your creations :) Thanks for once again inspiring us at Atlantic Hearts.

  6. Love it, so creative. I love the whole under the sea scenery, so cool! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  7. I love under-the-sea imagery, and this is perfection! Love all the watery elements you used here, they fit SO WELL together. TYFS with us and a big TY for coming to play over at AHSC this week! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  8. This is adorable and different! The theme is fun and whimsical! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda N
    DT member AHSC

  9. Love the way you used this sketch! So clever! Very beautiful and adorable card! Thanks for playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  10. I love all your cute fishy touches! Thanks for playing along at AHSC!

  11. Great use of the sketch. Cute card. Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up.

  12. Mel, your interpretation of the sketch is very creative...and love all the details of the sea, background paper great. Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments.