Monday, 15 August 2016

Under The Sea

Hi there everybody.  I love Chocolate Baroque stamps and I have often looked at these sea themed stamps which have a steampunk element to them and thought  that I wouldn't really have anyone to send them to, but then the combination price was reduced even further in a sale, and with masculine cards in mind, which I have to send a lot of, and the fact there are seahorses in there too, that finally swung it. The sets are called Steampunk Funky Fish and Steampunk Sea World.

My take on the underwater theme is a little bit alternative too, as a ship wouldn't normally be found under the sea unless it's a wreck, or a submarine, and the sea isn't normally this colour.  Even the Bristol Channel isn't this shade of  The reason for this absurdity is that Chocolate Baroque has a monthly colour challenge which I haven't entered before so decided this time to take the plunge, excuse the pun, and it is also the challenge's second birthday.  The theme is Chocolate and any colours you might associate with eating it, like mint green or toffee colours or possibly orange, or taking the colour theme literally and just using shades of brown.  Well, here is what I came up with.

For the stamping I used Adirondack Espresso, and for the background and watercolouring I used combinations of Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.  I know it looks as though there is some purple but I think the Walnut Stain when well watered down seems to have that slightly purple look.  I wanted the background light in the middle so when swiping the colours on my glass mat I kept the brown to the outside and then used the orange and green towards the middle and spritzed with quite a bit of water before pressing a piece of  card on to the inks and then moving it around a bit until the colours have mixed nicely.  I dried it with my heat gun and then started stamping the images with the Espresso.  I used the tentacles of the squid for some of the foliage, which is something I have seen done on some other cards, and the top bit of the stamp with the seaweed and cogs,  to make a frame for the scene, and then I stamped the ship and the two little seahorses peeping out of the foliage.   I coloured in using the same inks and a waterbrush and decided to blend more of the Walnut Stain round the edges to give it a bit more depth.

I mounted it on to a piece of brown card before adhering it to a cream square base card, and I stamped the sentiment on to a fishtail banner using more cream card, and then added some Walnut Stain round the edges, using a blending tool, just to take the brightness off the cream colour.

I'm really glad I bought these stamps now as I am pleased with the result, and I can see the other stamps will work well too.  Thank you for looking at the blog today.  See you soon.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenge:

Chocolate Baroque Challenge -  No 25 Chocolate.
Artistic Stamper August Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Lets Go Wild.  (I have a couple of small seahorses on the right)


  1. What a clever creation this is Pat! The highlighting of the ship by darkening the edges, is a great touch and using the tentacles as foliage is inspired! LOVE it! Have a wonderful week my friend! Hazel xx
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  2. Oh gosh this is just superb as an under water theme. It's punk so anything is allowed. If ships want to sail under the sea then why not. Love the colours. I must go and investigate these stamps further. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Beautiful masculine card, fantastic design! Have a great day, Shirleyxx

  4. Brilliant card, Pat. The design is perfect for a masculine card. I'm sure you're going to have lots of fun with these stamps. xx

  5. This is a fabulous card, great use of those stamps. Enjoy your week x


  6. Gorgeous card Pat, the whole design of this is fabulous! I love the images, that ship is awesome and the colours are perfect, great design Pat, LOVE it :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  7. Love your steampunk sea card Pat..lovely background colours and a great masculine card


  8. Fabulous card, Pat! The design is gorgeous. Thanks for playing along Simon's Let's Go wild challenge. Gayatri xx

  9. I think you used your Artistic License brilliantly for this superb card, Pat!! I enjoyed your thought process and the end result is a winner in my book!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Hi Pat a super card, and perfect for our challenge. Great combination of stamps and colours. Thanks for entering the Chocoloate Baroque Anniversary Challenge, Judith xx

  11. Hi Pat, what a fabulous and very atmospheric card, thank you so much for joining in Chocolate Baroque colour challenge, good luck, Zoe DT member xx

  12. What a gorgeous card Pat and I love the glow arounbf the central image - it really draws the eye!

  13. They are lovely stamps Pat and your card is brilliant. I really like the different colour combination. It will be a great birthday card for a male. Barbxx

  14. Lovely entry for the Chocolate Baroque Anniversary Challenge - great job with the steampunk theme - love it. Good luck x.

  15. I love these colors and your ship under the sea! It makes me think of a children's adventure story and it looks quite magical!

  16. awesome steampunk card ! thank you so much for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !


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