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Narwhals DO Exist!

Hi there! No, those aren’t sea unicorns on today’s card. Confession here… I didn’t know narwhals actually exist until a few days ago. I’m not sure how I’ve lived my whole life not knowing this, but there it is. I’ve used the new Poppy Stamps I’m a Narwhal stamp and die set on this and I’ve got a die-cutting technique that I’m excited to share!

There’s quite a few steps to building this card, so I’ll go in order of how I created it.

I worked on the underwater scene first by cutting a piece of Neenah Solar White 4″ x 5 1/4″ and airbrushed a gradient from the top of the cardstock with Copic BG11, BG13 and BG18  . I then taped a Hero Arts Waves stencil over the cardstock piece and airbrushed with Copic BG49.

For the bubbles, I taped a Memory Box Bubbles stencil across the center of the cardstock and colored the bubbles with a Copic colorless blender. I wanted a little shine to the bubbles, so I went back over them with an embossing pen and heat embossed them with UTEE.

I cut a 1/4″ wide strip of patterned paper and adhered it to the left edge of this cardstock piece and then adhered the cardstock to my kraft card base.

Now for the die-cutting technique:

I cut a piece of white cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ and taped the same Hero Arts Waves stencil across the piece. Using sponge daubers, I inked just the top left and bottom right portions of the cardstock with Memento ink in Pistachio and Pear Tart.

I then taped a My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Frames die-namics cutting-edge down towards the bottom left of the cardstock.

I die-cut the cardstock and then taped the same die towards the top right of the cardstock and overlapping the first circular cut out.

I only wanted one frame overlapping, so I placed that one back inside the top circular cut out and then trimmed the bottom frame along the edges of the top frame. Hope that makes sense? Be sure to line up your stenciled areas before cutting the frame. Here is what it looks like:

I used dimensional foam tape along the outside edges of the cardstock and adhered it to the card front even with the top, right and bottom edges of the underwater scene so that the strip of patterned paper was slightly showing on the left side.

Now that my circular cut out areas were in place, I die-cut an Elizabeth Craft Designs seaweed die twice from Neenah Solar White and colored them with Copics. I slid them under the white cardstock and adhered them so they would be peeking out from the top and bottom of the circular cut out areas. Then, I adhered the 2 circular frames in place with dimensional foam tape.

I cut a 3″ x 4″ piece of watercolor cardstock and applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade using a dripping/acetate technique. Once this was dry, I die-cut a coral die from the watercolor piece from the same Elizabeth Craft Designs Seaweed set twice and adhered them to the top right and bottom left corners of the white cardstock.

I stamped my Narwhals on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. hot press watercolor cardstock, colored them with Faber Castell Polychromos and die-cut them with the coordinating dies from this set.

I also adhered the Narwhals with dimensional adhesive.

To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from this set on patterned paper and die-cut it with a My Favorite Things Stitched Sentiments Strips die-namics.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and die-cutting technique!

Thanks for stopping by!

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