Clearly Besotted

You Turtley Rock!

Hi there!  So, I had a few practice watercolor backgrounds laying around as I’ve been working my way through the lessons in the online watercolor class I’ve been taking and I thought this combination of blues, greens and yellows would make a good underwater background.

I’ve used a mishmash of dies on this card and I started by die-cutting my watercolor piece with the smaller rounded rectangular die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 die-namics. I used the larger rectangular die from this set to cut the dark brown mat for the background.

I’ve got a pretty neat technique on this card to share…Distress oxide inks on vellum! I wanted the seaweed and coral to be somewhat translucent, so I inked two separate pieces of vellum with a sponge dauber and the oxide inks. I used Twisted Citron and a little bit of Peeled Paint on the seaweed piece and Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral on the coral piece. I then spritzed the vellum with water. Vellum bubbles up and curls when you get it wet like this and at first I was going to trash the whole idea, but once I die-cut the vellum, it was perfect for what I was going for on this card! I used a Sizzix Seaweed, Coral and Waves die set.

I adhered the seaweed piece to the background using a very small amount of glossy accents in a few places to let the vellum remain raised here and there.

Next, I die-cut the circle strip from the Blueprints 31 die-namics and embossed it with a Sizzix wood-grain embossing folder. I adhered this across the card using dimensional adhesive since it was going over the raised seaweed. Then, I die-cut a piece of kraft cardstock with the My Favorite Things Ocean View Porthole die-namics. This fit perfectly over the circular piece from the Blueprints 31 dies. I adhered flat-back gems with glossy accents on the holes in the Porthole.

I added the coral die-cut using a small amount of glossy accents again in a few places so it stayed a bit curled up.

To finish it off, one of my favorite animals in the world. I stamped this cute little sea turtle from the Clearly Besotted Cool Dude stamp set, colored him with Copics and cut him out with scissors. He’s adhered with a thinner dimensional adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment from this stamp set using the MISTI. This tool is so helpful when you’re stamping on textured cardstock. You can always stamp it perfectly a few times if the first try isn’t a good coverage.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

Thanks for stopping by!

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