Sunday, July 24, 2016

By the Beautiful Sea

8/02/2016 Update: Emerald winner in the Color Dare Challenge #203!

Having taken some time away from making cards, I was eager to get my card entered into two challenges today. I started by embossing white images of fan coral, seahorse, shells, starfish, sand dollar and bubbles. The embossed images were inked with Canary and Sorbet inks using a brush.

The panels were backed with another layer of cardstock and a layer of black to provide a thin 1/16" outline and define the shapes. (The color challenge rules state that shades of black are acceptable for sentiments and outlines.) The smaller panel and the horizontal strip were backed with foam tape and adhered to the larger panel, which had been adhered to the white card base. The sentiment was die cut, backed with Kool-Tac clear foam and adhered along with some clear droplets. The images and sentiment were touched up with clear Wink of Stella.The inside of the card was decorated with a few stamped images and Wink of Stella.

Note: Applying Canary and Sorbet inks to the blue cardstock will influence the resulting colors.

The card is being entered into two challenges:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #169 

2. Color My Heart: Color Dare #203

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, whitewash coloring
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamps: SU! By the Tide, By the Seashore, Hero Arts Pearl Strings
Inks: CTMH Canary, Sorbet
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Basic Black
Die: Word Templates (Hobby Lobby)
Other: SU! White EP; Pretty Pink Posh water droplets, 3M foam tape, Kool-Tac clear foam, Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. This is so beautiful! I love the color gradations in the embossed images! Thanks for joining us at Color Dare!

  2. Beautiful card! Love the clear droplets - the perfect touch! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC!

  3. So pretty! The colors are perfect and the ink over the embossing is fantastic! Great design. :)

  4. Soo beautiful!!!! Perfect!! The colors just pop ... I'll have to give that a try.. thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  5. You do SUCH beautiful work, Melanie! I love the ocean theme--LOL-- (Good Atlantic Canadian girl here)... and the clear "bubbles" are a GREAT touch. Your layering is phenomenal as always. WTG! Thx so much for playing with us over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!! ~Ali (AHSC DT)

  6. Melanie - this is a beautiful card. Thank you for playing at the Color My Heart Color Dare!

  7. Love the water droplets! This s stunning and different card! Love all the layering too! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!


  8. As always, new and different techniques... you never cease to amaze me with the stuff you come up with :) Love the underwater theme and the colour mixing turned out perfectly while still keeping true to the original colours. Gorgeous!

  9. Gorgeous card! Such detail, great colors, layering adds a nice element, and your technique is just fabulous. Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  10. Beautiful sea card and the embossing and coloring brings it to life for sure with a variance of color. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare. Next week there is another great color challenge you will enjoy working on.

  11. This card is gorgeous! Love how you did all the images. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  12. A fun ocean themed card! Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  13. Beautiful! I love the ocean theme and all the color and textures. Thank you for joining us on Color My Heart.