Monday, March 4, 2019

Bubbles Under the Sea Card

Let's create an underwater bubbly paradise. If you are intimidated by creating inky backgrounds, this is the perfect place to start because whatever you create with texture stamps and watercolors or sprays, it will look wonderful. It's great because you can't really mess it up. Let's dive in!

BPM Stamps:
Raindrops Waterdrops Rubber Stamp Sheet Set
3 Assorted Beach Grass Stamps
Open Weave Fishnet Background Stamp

Nautical 2 Stamp Set
Spiral Snail Shell Stamp

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Other Supplies:
water color paper, ink pads (blue, green, pearl, embossing), clear mounting block,
water spray bottle, embossing powder (clear / glitter / blue), seahorse embellishment, heat gun, Glossy Accents Clear Gloss Medium, clear micro beads, card base (5x7")

1.  Use embossing ink to stamp the small water droplet image over the background. Apply clear glitter embossing powder, return the excess to the jar, and heat set.


2.  Stamp the medium bubble cluster with pearl ink randomly across the background. Vary the angle of the bubbles and occasionally have some extend off the edge of the paper.  Apply clear gloss medium to a random selection of bubbles. Set aside to thoroughly dry.

3.  Apply numerous shades of blue and green inks directly onto a craft mat. Mist generously with water. Place the watercolor paper face down pressing gently. Continue to press and lift the paper until the desired amount if color is reached. Reapply, ink and water to continue to add more layers of color.
(When complete, dab the paper with a tissue to remove
any ink mist that may be clinging to the slick embossed surfaces.)

4. Use an ombre ink pad to add a border of net along the lower edge.

5.  Stamp sea weed grass in the lower corners using blue ink. Mask any bubbles that have clear gloss medium over them in order to protect them from blue ink.

6.  Spray blue mist over the background to add a variety of small splatters. Set aside to dry.

7.  Stamp different size bubbles onto white card stock. Without re-inking, stamp the bubble image again to create a second and third generation impressions. Each new impression will be a lighter shade which will create the appearance of depth within the project. Apply clear gloss medium to each bubble. After thoroughly dry, carefully cut out each bubble.

8.  Adhere the stamped bubbly background to a blue card base leaving a narrow border.

9.  Adhere a chipboard sea horse to the upper left side of the card. Attach the bubbles randomly with foam tape.

10.  Stamp seashells with embossing ink, apply blue embossing powder, and heat set. Cut out the seashells and apply to the lower edge of the card using foam tape.

11.  Apply liquid adhesive randomly to some bubbles and add transparent micro beads to the wet adhesive.

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  1. This is beautiful Karen!! I love all your colors and use of techniques!

  2. Wow...Gorgeous creations,love the technique and background effect....thanks for playing ATG on Through the Craft Room Door, hope to see you next

    Rituparna DT, TTCRD

  3. Great tutorial .Love the end result of your work .beautiful underwater scene .Thanks for sharing with us here at
    Good luck with your entry
    Shirley-Anne DT

  4. Oh my goodness!😍 I love this!

  5. Love your card and fantastic bubbles!


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