To me, summertime means oceans and animals. So when I got the Creative Expressions Whale of A Time Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to make fun summer CAS cards (the next two posts HERE and HERE share the other cards in this set).

I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch to create a deep ocean ombre background. I also splattered water on them
to create a splotchy, more watery effect.

Then I used a scrap of Bristol Paper that I had inked and sprayed with Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Lemon Yellow, Orange and Merlot to stamp out and fussy cut 5 jellyfish from the stamp set. The fussy cutting was a bit intricate, but with my trusty Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors and a little patience, it was well worth the effort to achieve the dimension and detail. I also inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker to hide the white edges of the cut paper.

To give each jellyfish a unique look (there is only 1 jellyfish in the stamp set) I doodled some black and white tentacle squiggles and swirls with a Black Uniball Pen and a White Signo Gel Pen.  I also like the way the white actually helped the jellyfish pop from the background.

Lastly, I hand wrote the sentiment “FLOAT ON” with a White Signo Gel Pen in the lower right corner. To give the letters a little more weight, I also added a slight shadow with a Black Uniball Pen.

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Masculine Challenge WINNER
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Photo Inspiration Challenge
Addicted to CAS SEA Challenge
CASology Squiggle Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Summer Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Mostly Blue Challenge



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