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Monday, 21 April 2014

Underwater World

Hi to everyone, and I hope you are having a good Easter weekend.  The card I have chosen to show you today uses a technique that is not a new one, but which is new to me, and uses tissue paper to give a nice textured surface.  The stamps are a set from Crafty Individuals - Seaside Treasures  from which I used some of the shells and starfish, a sentiment and the lovely seahorse.




To start the background I used a scrap/snippet of white card, and a snippet of tissue paper which I scrunched up, opened back out and stuck with a wet glue to the card trying not to flatten it out too much.  I used a selection of inks to colour - Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers, and Adirondack Ink - Lettuce, and Memento Inks - Nautical Blue and Bamboo Leaves.  The shells and starfish were stamped on to snippets of white card using Memento - London Fog and coloured with inks and a water brush using the Nautical Blue and Adirondack - Sunshine Yellow, and for the seahorses I used the Sunshine yellow and DI - Spiced Marmalade, and a little Nautical Blue.  These inks were well watered down to keep the colours reasonably light so they harmonise but don't merge into the background too much.  I cut all the pieces out and before placing I decided to darken the bottom area with a bit more of the dark blue to the bottom and the sides, and added some touches of the green to look a bit like underwater foliage.  Luckily the Memento ink pads are triangular which makes it easy to use the ink straight from the pad.  As a final touch I used a Letraset fine line pen to add a little more definition to the background and to the seahorses etc.  I added the sentiment using Memento - Tuxedo Black.

Finally I glued the seahorses and shells etc. using Pinflair Glue Gel, and looking at it again I thought some bubbles might look good.  When showing my DH the card he said he didn't think seahorses blew bubbles, but I think they add something to the finished look.   I don't know what you think, but I quite like the effect although mine are not as stylish and beautiful as those Ryn produces, but for a first try I think they are ok.  There is a rather dark area on the left where I overdid the blue shading rather, and sometimes it's knowing when to stop messing with something and to call it done, but overall I'm happy with it.

Hopefully I will have a bit more time this week and it won't be so long between posts.  Anyway, thank you for stopping by today and taking an interest in my meanderings.

Pat x

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop where we have to use some scraps/snippets, which I have on this card.
Crafty Individuals - Nature's Beauty.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Animal Antics.  They did say including birds and insects, so hopefully my seahorses will count as well.


17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Pat. I love the background. I think the bubbles look great as they follow the lines of the seaweed and the seahorses and give more texture. Love your inking too, Cathy x

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  2. Hi Pat your card art is gorgeous! The tissue created beautiful texture for your sea world. love the colours as well. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Shirleyx

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  3. Fab card, I love the colours and the details on it :)

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  4. Wow Pat, this is stunning! Wonderful how you did the background and I'm all for the bubbles.

    There's a seahorse link here http://images.inmagine.com/600wm/amanaimagesrf/amrf213/amrf10172000803.jpg - you might want to show your hubby :)

    Hugs, Di xx

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  5. You achieved wonderful texture on this card, so perfect for your underwater theme.
    Thank you for joining the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  6. That's lovely, Pat! I was going to say that (as one who travels in a bubble, often without a safety net!) I'm sure that sea horses blow bubbles ---and then I followed Di's link which proves it---- :) Love the 'depth' of the sentiment, too--- Marilyn. xx

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  7. I think the dark area is perfect. It's a bit like my underwater panel. Remember the further down in the ocean you go the darker it gets. Carry on carding!!

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  8. This is a beautiful card Pat - love the tissue texture, and the bubbles too. Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge for April. Jean x

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  9. Wow. what a stunning underwater sea scene. I don't think you have over done the blue at all as all sea water has different depths of blue when you look down on it. I love your sea horses and if they don't blow bubbles then how do they breath! Hugs Mrs A.

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  10. This is yummy cubed! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  11. Stunning card, thanks for sharing the background technique.

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  12. Oh Pat, there is not one thing I would change on this super beautiful card (in ref to your 'too much shading'). I understand what you meant - as I'm prone to the same thing. But truly, I don't think it's too dark any where on this card. That is a fabulous technique, and it's new to me! Your shells were so translucent, just as 'real' shells are, so you did a fab job with the water & coloring to achieve that look. I thought your bubbles were Ryn's stamp until I read the post. This is a totally fabulous card, and thanks for explaining the how-to's. Take care. TFS & Hugs.

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  13. What a stunning effect you have achieved here, Pat, quite magical! Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individual's challenge,

    Lucy x

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  14. Skipped over from the Snippets Playground . . . love this seahorse scenic card. Great inkyness!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  15. Pat, this is breathtaking!! It looks so entirely like an underwater scene. As I had seahorses for a short while as pets in my childhood, this really made me smile! Hugs, Darnell

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  16. Wow Path this card is really amazing I , love the structure and the colour use, the background is magical , a real exiting live world for sea animals !!Great ART!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  17. Beautiful card. Love the theme and all details and texture.

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