Sea Of Textures

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Sea Of Textures and the matching dies called Under The Sea.  This is such a fun set and has lots of really nice but different dies.  Although these products will be carried over into the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, you won’t be able to get the 10% discount Bundle Price after June 3rd.  If you like it, buy it while you can get the special price.

To make this card, I first stamped the sea plants in Old Olive twice onto Whisper White cardstock.  When you stamp something twice without re-inking it, you get darker and light images which gives some depth.  I cut out the net using one of the dies in Blueberry Bushel ink.  I cut out two coral in Calypso Coral cardstock and the sand dollar in Whisper White.  I layered everything together and then cut out the little fish (one die cuts them all out at once).  Then I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink and layered it all onto of a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock that I had cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.  I layered all of that on a piece of Best Route Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  It is the first time I have almost used an entire package of DSP.  Sadly, it is retiring on June 3rd.  Lastly I adhered all the layers to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I decided to offset it into one corner for a different look.

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Sea Of Textures

When I went to the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live in Orlando last November, they did a lot of talking about different kinds of stampers.  They particularly talked about beginner stampers.  I have been a Demonstrator for 11 years now and most of my classes have stampers who have been crafting for a while so I often forget about beginner stampers.  It can be so overwhelming to be a first time stamper and sit in a class where everyone else knows what I am talking about and doing.  It was great to be reminded that not everyone knows a lot about this hobby.

That being said, I decided I would make a card for the beginner stamper.  Ideally the card should only use cardstock, ink and stamps.  That was my original goal when I was making this card.  Unfortunately, it didn’t end up that way.  I just could not help myself and had to throw in some die cuts along with the stamping.  Therefore, I can no longer call this a card for a beginner although it is still fairly simple.

To make this card, I first stamped the sea plants in Pear Pizzaz and Garden Green Ink.  Then I stamped the coral in Calypso Coral ink and the sand in Crumb Cake.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Now, if I had just left it that way, I could call it a simple stamping card.  It just looked like it needed more so I added the sand dollar, sponged the background in Pool Party and then used a die cutting out the fish.

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Sea Of Textures

Sea Of Textures is the newest ocean theme stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Ocean themes are one of my favorites.  I grew up swimming in the ocean and when we go on vacation we usually go somewhere near a beach.  I love on Lake Ontario now but I will always love salt water over fresh water to swim in. The waves are so much fun.  Some people don’t like the ocean because of the critters that are in it.  Believe me.  There are some scary critters in fresh water too!  I just keep telling myself they are more afraid of me than I am of them.  Of course, that is not really true because I am scared to death of snakes and eels!

In any case, I made this card using Sea of Textures and the matching dies called Under The Sea.  I love all the curls of that octopus’ legs.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Stitched All Around.  The colors I used on this card are Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake.

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Sea Of Textures Sneak Peek

I know I have talked a lot about the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator lately.  Of course, that is because so many of the Demonstrators went to OnStage this month.  We got the new Annual Catalog in our hot little hands and we were able to order a few things from that catalog before anyone else.

One of the sets I orders is a stamp set called Sea Of Textures.  This set also has matching Framelits called Under The Sea.  You will be able to order this Bundle beginning June lst and save 10% at that time.  Both of these items are part of a Suite called Tranquil Textures.  This means it has matching Designer Series Paper, embellishments, ribbon and cardstock.

The thing that really made me want this set is because of some of the dies.  Yes, they cut out the stamps of the stamps but they also have a couple of other fun dies.  One is the net that is behind the octopus.  Another is the fish that are swimming by.  They are not stamped but instead cut out using this die and then backing it with Coastal Cabana cardstock.  This set also has two sand dollars in it.  I love sand dollars so once I saw them I was sold!

The colors I used on this card are Coastal Cabana (a returning color and my favorite), Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss (another returning color), Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

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