More Seahorses

admin
October 13, 2015

spacer

When playing with an idea, I always end up with more cards than I need for a class, so here are my extra seahorse cards that materialized along the way.

seahorse coral tree

 

This one is a very simple card. I used the top of the Autumn tree stamp 4618E for the coral. The Seahorse 696C and Seahorse wording 2723C with Bo Bunny paper as background

 

 

near the sea seahorse

 

 

 

 

Near the sea 4879E and Bubbles 1074C stamps with salted watercolour background. Coral is decorated with liquid pearls

 

tide recedes seahorse

 

 

The Tide Recedes 4882F and Seahorse 696C again. White cardstock covered with Dylusions sprays and splashed with water droplets. Sea grass is from sizzix die Festive Greenery 657467

spacer

Seahorse Friends

admin

spacer

In the watery depths beneath the waves, where the mermaids swim and the dolphins play, live the seahorses. They are so tiny they’re hard to see, but if you look carefully you will find them floating with the currents, wrapped around strips of sea grass, hiding amongst the coral…

This set of seahorse cards was inspired by my favourite children’s book by Graeme Base,  “The Sign of the Seahorse”. I hope they inspire YOU!

Seahorse Friends

 

 

 

 

 

019  020 

1. Apply white gesso to white cardstock with palette knife. (It doesn’t matter if the whole card is not covered as the gesso is purely to provide texture). Place another piece of white card on top, squish slightly to spread, twist, then lift off. Set aside to dry.

     023024

2. Once gesso is completly dry, colour with paints. I have used Distress Paints “Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss” and Adirondack Paint Dabber “Stream” for this sample. For my original seahorse card (which I made previously but didn’t photograph the steps) I used Sunshine Yellow, Aqua, Lettuce and Stream Adirondack Dabber Paints. I dabbed them directly from the bottle onto card, then used a paintbrush to blend them together. Dry with heatgun.

025

 

 

 

 

3.  Add white paint with aid of brayer so that only the ridges are coloured. Add more white paint where wanted with fingertips or paintbrush. If you add too much you can dilute with wet paintbrush or remove entirely. While wet, the paint is still water soluble. The under colours have been heat set so will not move.

seahorses grungeboard

4. Cut 2 seahorses (mini sand & sea Sizzix die 659582) out of grungeboard. Colour them using Distress Stains. Dry with heatgun. Cover with crackle accent. Set aside to dry. When dry, sponge around edges with brown ink and highlight eye with black accent.

tattered pinecone - coral

5. Cut 3 pieces of coral (tattered pinecone Sizzix die 657492) out of Harvest Bazzill card. Sponge tips with brown ink pad and some Dried Marigold Distress pad, add touches of Buttercup and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to highlight. Set aside to dry.

6. Stamp out starfish (Stamp-It 701B Five Pointed Star) in Cobalt Archival Pad and decorate with dots of Ocean Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut it out.

7. Stamp out Friends wording (3128C) with Jet Black Archival Pad onto scrap of white card. Sponge white card with Distress inks to compliment backing card. Cut wording into rectangular shape. Matt with Blue Oasis Bazzill card, place some magic mount beneath and adhere to gessoed background. Colour tiny silver fish charm with Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink and adhere to bottom of friends wording.

Seahorse Friends

8. Mix together small amounts of Sandal Adirondack paint, matt glue, fine white sand and some crushed eggshells. The eggshells were previously washed, inner membrane removed and dried out in oven. This is not an exact science, so can’t give you measurements sorry, just make sure mix is wet enough to hold sand and shells in when dry. Create a small hump of this mix at base of card, then position coral pieces sticking out of it. Intertwine your seahorse tails around coral and fix to card. Position your starfish at base of hump.

9. Attach your finished card front to a slightly larger layer of Blue Oasis Bazzill card, then matt onto Parakeet Bazzill backing card.

spacer

Mermaid school

admin

spacer

Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

mermaid school

Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
001   003
1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

005   006

2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

007   011

3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

021     mermie & seahorse punches 001     mermie & seahorse punches 002

6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

  012  013

014  015

spacer

Salty Seahorse

admin
October 11, 2015

spacer

I love playing with inks and adding rock salt to wet inky paper can give some lovely effects. Watercolour paper is best, but any matt white card will provide some reaction.

016

1. Spritz your white card with water, then ink sprays of choice. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, London Blue and After Midnight. If your card is not very thick it may curl up in the middle causing the inks to run off. Just hold your finger on it when adding the salt or it will roll off too.

017

 

 

 

 

2.  Add a small handful of rock salt. Table salt will not be very effective as the granules are too small to see much reaction. Set aside to dry.

022

3.  When completely dry, remove salt. You should see small explosions where the salt has been. I used matt white card to demonstrate this technique as I forgot to take pictures when I made my original card below. For that card I used Bazzill Card Shoppe “Marshmallow”. It gave a better reaction.

 001  002

I think it looks a bit like coral polyps. Because I didn’t want to cover up any of the deliciousness, I stamped the seahorse with white StazOn pad onto clear transparent film and attached to card with dark blue brads.

 

 

 

Stamp used: Sketchy Seahorse 2722E by Stamp-It Australia

spacer