7.17.2014

Seahorse Stamptangle ~ Oceans of Love!

Happy Friday! 
 
I'm super excited to post my first Just For Fun stamps card ♥
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had making this card!
When I first saw this exquisite stamptangle Large Seahorse stamp,
I literally squealed with delight :)  
Most of you who have known me for awhile now know how much
I adore the beach! 
Any trip to the ocean is a day of bliss for me -
I even named my blog after it! ♥
 
 
So!  For my card today, I had a blast with a technique I haven't done since
under-grad college!  I had to take one of those required art classes
where one of the required projects was to create art from art.
This is my spin-off! 
I took some old designer paper in the colors of the ocean
teal/blue/greens as I knew it would 'peek through' and be a nice
contrast to the stark white.
Here is the finished card -
and if you scroll down, I'll list the card supplies and step by step instructions
on how to make this super fun, beachy seahorse card!


 
For today's card, I immediately thought to create a different background
 to showcase this gorgeous stamptangle (think Zentangle, in a stamp form.)
 
 I did a spin off of my old college art :) 
 I used tiny letters (use thickers or any scrapbook letters will do!),
 craft paint and designer paper.
I knew I'd be covering up the paper with paint, so I used one of my oldest
dsp's that had the ocean colors I was aiming for (teal/blue/green).
I found mine years ago at BigLots for $1 a long time ago and found these in my scrap bin - it doesn't matter that they
are all mish-mashed and colorful, they are going to be painted then tossed.

 
Since I was going for an 'earthy' feel to my card, I didn't get out my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the letters perfectly - the 'fussy' look worked just fine.
I adhered the letters to the cardstock, then gave a generous coat of
crafters paint (white) and let it dry.  It took less than 10 minutes
and while that dried, I stamped out and colored up the seahorse image.
Yes, that's a Starbucks cup :)
Yes, I have an obsession with Starbucks! ♥
I also like to be thrifty and believe in the waste not/want not mantra
so my empty cup (yum!) became my painters cup - washed out :)
Just a small amount of paint goes a long way!
 Once dry, peel the letters back off to reveal the colorful paper underneath.
I took regular sandpaper (from the hubby's man cave!) and gave it a generous
distressing around the edges and center.


Because I have an obsession with burlap *smile!*,
I saw a small swatch on my desk and painted that as well :)
I hung that up to dry on my small card 'clothesline'.
Because burlap is porous, and painted burlap tends to curl up,
I pressed it under my Cuddlebug after drying for a few minutes
in a plastic bag - instantly flat!
The jute was added and curled and the card was pretty much done!


Wasn't that fun!
 
Here is one last look at the completed card:



I hope you enjoyed this lovely beach card using Just For Fun Stamps!
Be sure to stop by the store to see the brand new summer release
of the stamptangle stamps - they are breathtaking!

We also have a challenge blog for you to be inspired,
see projects and cards and more!
And .... for those on social medias, we are on Facebook, too!


 Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly


I'll enter my card into: MAWTT - Color Scheme
Inspiration Emporium - Summer Fun

Just for Fun Rubber stamps used: 
Seahorse: D3791
sentiment: D3675
 

26 comments:

  1. Wow - Kelly i love the technique you used here for a fabulous result. This is so beautiful.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. What an amazing creation, Kelly! I love every perfect detail!! It captures the beauty of the sea to perfection!

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  4. Very cute card Kelly. Congrats on your new Design Team.

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  5. Nice colors for the seahorse, a beautiful card inside and out.

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  6. This is beautiful Kelly, love the painting on the title. It totally has an ocean feel. Great card!

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  7. i love all your cards, but i think this is my favorite card you've made to date! sooooooo pretty! i love everything about it.

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  8. Oh wow, the details on this are amazing! What a gorgeous card, Kelly. It's incredible that our cards are so similar... wonder what the chances of it happening again? Have a great weekend!

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  9. Such a great card! Love how you created the ocean word! My Dad had seahorses when I was little in a giant tank, I used to sit in the dark room and watch them for hours! Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

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  10. This is absolutely gorgeous, Kelly!! What a beautiful seahorse!! I love the technique you used - thanks for the awesome tutorial!! This is just fabulous!! It makes me want to be at the ocean right now!! Love it!! Have a great weekend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  11. WHOA!! Kelly, not only is this gorgeous but the way you did all of it is sensational! Great work and a beautiful card.
    Lynn

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  12. Wow, wow, wow! Gorgeous card, love the beautiful colors and of course the background is brilliant!

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  13. Wonderful card- the colors are wonderful and love to see that fun technique!

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  14. This is terrific! I love how you did the lettering and the seahorse is awesome! Fantastic technique!

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  15. Oh Kelly! This is stunning! What beautiful colors and the painted burlap is AMAZING!!! Love the photo of the coffee :)) hehehe!
    In awe. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a blessed weekend.
    Heather

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  16. What a fabulous card and fabulously colored sea horse.

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  17. Awesome card, Kelly. Love the beach too and the seahorse is soooo cute !

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  18. Outstanding Card! Love the stamp and your design rocks!

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  19. You colored that seahorse fabulously. I love this technique you used with the letters and paint. Such a fun technique.

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  20. Awesome card and such great instructions. Thank you for great inspiration too. Thanks for joining us this week for our vacation challenge.
    Karal DT for QKR Design

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  21. This is the best beach card I have seen and I love all the techniques you used. Thanks for the step by step pictures.

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  22. The colors are amazing on this card, as are the other details. It's gorgeous!

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  23. Thank you for joining this week at QKR Stampede Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon
    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love
    DT call at Not Just Cards Challenges

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  24. Great card!! I love that seahorse stamp. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Journal this month. =)

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  25. WOW!!! My draw just dropped! This is so creative - and GORGEOUS!!!

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