Card Spotlight: Under the Sea

Hello my crafty friends and happy Tuesday! Today’s post features the card I have made for this week’s Just Us Girls Photo Week card challenge #524. I love doing their challenges, each week is a different inspiration style. If you’re looking to try card challenges, definitely check out the link above to their site! The inspiration this week was a photo of the ocean and that sparked so many ideas in my head but I finally decided on a card that took me two days to complete! You’ll see below that I decided to make a pop up box card for this challenge. I haven’t made a pop up box card in a hot minute so I figured it was time to try again. Keep reading to see what I’ve created!

First I chose my paper. I used the Exclusive Box Card Die Set from The Stamps of Life. I bought this die when I first got my die cutting machine and I still love to use it years since. I cut the design from my Neenah Solar White 110# paper and from a piece of paper from a Michael’s Hot Buy paper pack called ‘Boho Tropical‘. I didn’t want the outside to be just white so once they were both cut, I put 1/4″ Scor Tape on the Neenah cardstock and attached the pattern paper to the outside so that when I folded it, the pattern would face out. I then used the rectangle dies in the set on some sky blue paper from Michael’s so that I could put an image on the back long area and the three flaps of the box.

I then took my Distress Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire and used a blending brush to blend the color over the blue rectangles that I had just cut. The rectangles don’t cover the whole area and they leave a white border. I didn’t make it a solid blend because I wanted it to look sort of like water and I was really pleased with how it turned out. I then took the two rectangles I would wind up putting on the two side flaps and I stamped little underwater scenes on each one. I used yellow and orange embossing powder from Ranger as well as Ranger Ultra Fine gold and silver and glitter green embossing powder from Zing. I used the seaweed, coral, and fish stamps from the MFT Mermazing stamp set. I initially was planning on using one of the mermaids from the set but then decided to go without it and I’m glad I made that decision.

I then stamped images from the MFT stamp set and the Tenta-cuddles stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped them with my Gina K Amalgam Ink so that way I could use my Gamsol to make the blending a bit easier. I stamped the images onto Strathmore Smooth Bristol to make the blending a bit easier too.

I used my Prismacolor Premier pencils to color the images. Since I do not have the dies for any of the images I used my Cutter- Bee scissors and fussy cut all three images. To be honest, the octopus is probably the image that has been the most difficult for me to fussy cut to date. I then took Hero Arts acetate and cut it into two strips measuring 5″ in length and 1/4″ in width to attach the little turtle and fish to so that they can attach to the insert in the middle of the box card.

Just as I was finishing up my card, I kept having the nagging feeling that it needed something. Then I remembered I had a pack of sequins called Seaside Holiday from the brand 28 Lilac Lane that I had purchased years ago. There are blue striped sequins, transparent orange and yellow, little transparent orange stars, and best of all, transparent orange sea shells! I had to do a bit of digging but I found the huge tin of it and immediately started adding the sequins to my card. I used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to attach all of them. I really think that this brought the whole thing together. Below is the final result:

There you have it, my entry into this week’s challenge. I feel really proud of this card because there were times when I wanted to stop but once I finished I was thrilled with the result. I hope this post will inspire you to create your own ocean themed card of your own! I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did please consider subscribing/ following here and over on Instagram (@ cardstockqueen). I post here every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM PST. Have a great week and until next time, keep creating! XO

2 thoughts on “Card Spotlight: Under the Sea

  1. Awww…your ocean-themed pop-up box is absolutely darling! I’m especially smitten with the octopus hugging his fish friend; so sweet! A fabulous underwater scene; the shimmer and shine of your sea creatures is especially eye-catching! Thrilled to see you in the Just Us Girls gallery!

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