This is the third of the three summertime ocean themed cards crafted with the Creative Expressions Whale of a Time Stamp Set. The prior two are HERE and HERE.
For this last card, I wanted to give the sense of an ocean teeming with animal life. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch to create a deep ocean on 3/4ths of the card front and stamped in the octopus and the schools of fish directly onto the ink blended area so that I could avoid fussy cutting all those thin arms and tiny fish. For a more watery look, I used the water splattering technique to let the water droplets leach out the pigment for a splotchy look.
To color up the octopus and the schools of fish, I used Fine and Ultra Fine Sharpie permanent markers (I was afraid to use my expensive Copics). They may not have blended as smoothly as my Copics, but they did blend some, and I provided great opaque coverage using the following colors:
Octopus: lavender and purple with Signo White Gel Pen for the whites of the eyes and Black Sakura Glaze Marker for the pupils
Schools of fish: yellow, orange, and red
Turtle: yellow, orange, light green, aqua green and green
I stamped the dolphin, some splash droplets, and the turtle on separate card stock. I colored the dolphin and water droplets with the following Copics: C4, C5, and C7 with C0 inside the mouth and B02 for the eye. To give a hint of ocean blue to the part of the tail that was below the ocean horizon line, I coated the dolphin’s tail with B01. I also popped both the dolphin and the turtle up on double sided foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the ocean scene. The “Oceans of Love” sentiment, which I think can work for kids and and adults alike, is from the stamp set. To add a bit of shine, I traced the stamped sentiment with a Black Sakura Glaze Marker. I also drew in tiny dots for eyes of the school of fish with a Black Uniball Pen.
The following is a process video of all three summertime ocean themed cards:
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This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Crafter’s Castle Anything Goes with Optional Share a Favorite Technique Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky For a Child Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Masculine Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Photo Inspiration Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Summer Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Mostly Blue Challenge
I love the scene you created and the technique you used with the Oxide inks to create the water! That dolphin jumping out of the water and the water splashes really bring this to life….I love it! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter’s Castle this month….good luck 🙂
Thank you so much Janie! You always leave the sweetest, most encouraging comments! Big hugs, Kristina
A beautiful and fun card, love the variety of creatures you got on the card together. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends… good luck in the prize draw… Megan DT LPoCF
Thanks bunches, Megan!
Oh how pretty! Love how you colored up the water with ink and colored all the sea life! 🙂
Thank you! These were really fun to craft.
What an adorable creation! It’s a perfect child’s card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Fab ‘n’ Funky this week for our ‘For A Child’ challenge. I love what you did for it! Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab ‘n’ Funky DT
Thanks so much Wendy! I thought if I was a child, I’d like this card too. 😀 lol
aww aren’t these little critters so adorable and cute?? love the way you colored them and the scene you created is absolutely stunning!
Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamps monday Challenge! We all hope to see you again next week!
Thank you so much Zoey! I think all these critters are adorable too! 🙂
These are just fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 🙂
Thank so much Kim!
Really cute card! Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges – Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT
Thank you so much Charlotte!
Another fabulous ocean themed card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with photo inspiration” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…
Thank you so much for your kind words, Melanie!