For my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew challenge I had to come up with something that would be a little different than my normal cards that I do for my blog and YouTube. I didn’t want to do just a normal ocean/beach card for this weeks theme. I wanted to do something a little extra. I had seen this technique a few times over the last few years and I thought okay let’s give it a try. So next came the hard part picking the stamp set. Well after much debate I decided to do a mash up of the two stamp sets I was trying to pick from. I had this fun idea since this weeks theme is “By the Sea” why not do a card that would show both life above the sea and below. Here’s a look at today’s card.

Here’s a look at the theme for this weeks challenge. You can visit the Paper Craft Crew’s Page by clicking the image to see what all the designer team members came up with to inspire you. Plus you can also add your own card there as well.

Now just remember that this is just the outside of the card. This represents the above the sea aspect of my card. I started off my stamping my background using the High Tide Stamp Set. I stamped the sand first in a mixture of crumb cake and Sahara sand inks. Next I stamped the sea using Tranquil Tide ink and doing four generations of stamping with one inking of the stamp. I stamped where I wanted the darkest part of the ocean first then the next lightest and so on and so forth. I ended up stamping each inking four times moving down as I got lighter, letting each one over lap. I repeated this process one more time on the other side.

After that I stamped the light house using the Stamparatus to make it easier to line each layer up. This was stamped in Calypso Coral and real red inks on a scrap piece of paper. After the ink dried I fussy cut the light house out. I stamped the sentiment and the seagulls at the top. Once that was done I attached the light house using three dimensionals.

This was attached to a piece of Pool party cardstock as the mat (4 x5 1/4). And attached it all to the card base made from Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Next it was time to create the inside of the card. I used another piece of Bermuda bay cardstock and scored it at 1/2″, 4 1/4″ & 4 3/4″ and then trimmed off about a 1/2″ on one side of the card stock. This was the start of my shadow box. I die cut a oval from the center of the middle panel and added a piece of the Sea of Textures Designer Series Paper (which by the way is one of the select papers in this month’s sale) after stamping the sentiment. I added a little distress oxide ink to the bottom of the panel and flicked on some water. Drying that with a paper towel and heat setting the ink I then stamped some of the sea plants in Tranquil Tide at the bottom.

I stamped one of the corals and the Octopus onto a piece of Whisper white and ran it through the Big Shop with the matching framelits to cut it out. I also die cut a couple of the other pieces and a oval frame.

This was all attached to the inside and outside of the oval using multipurpose liquid glue. I attached the inside pieces of the shadow box using tear and tape to the front panel. There’s a lot of videos on YouTube on how to create the shadow box.

Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a fabulous Fourth. If you need any of the supplies you’ve seen today you can pick them up in my online store.

Happy Stampin’


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