Welcome to the Pals’ July Blog Hop! We’re so glad you are here because we made some great projects that are “mixing It Up” – adding texture that will really take your projects up a notch – or two! You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up too help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal. Happy Hop Day from Flemington N.J.! Yup, I am away from home, and enjoying watching my Great-Nephew play in a baseball tournament at Diamond Nation. I am so lucky to be able to spend time with my Niece Ame and her family, as well as crash at my friends Lisa’s house. Just to be obvious I decided to use the Seas Of Texture stamp set and Under The Sea dies!
This was a nice carry over set with lots of possibilities. Since the theme was texture I decided to add lots of pieces. Layering and weaving some them into each other.
I started this project by picking some Designer Series Paper. The Perennial Essence DSP gave me that under sea vibe. I then used it as the base to pick my other colors. The Granny Apple Green layer really pulls out the yellow/green in the DSP. Using that, I set out to build my layers. Starting with die cutting the netting with Crumb Cake, and the long plants in Mossy Meadow. The sand dollars and their stars are all Shimmery White card stock.
I cut the coral in both Granny Apple Green and Berry Burst (Berry Burst is retired and you can sub Rich Razzleberry) I added some Wink of Stella on the berry one.
Moving onto the next plant I took Versamark and pressed it onto Balmy Blue paper then heat embossed it with clear powder, then die cut my plant. Giving me a neat shiny blue plant!
The octopus! I really struggled with this one, trying lots of different techniques. Finally deciding to “marker stamp” it. Which is where you use your marker to apply the color to the stamp. It allows you to use more than one color. Using Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green I was able to blend them to make my cool octopus a dark pastel shade and allowing it to not be too overwhelming. I also added Wink of Stella on the solid part of his arms, and you cannot see but I added some white glaze gel pen to pop his eyes back out.
I wanted to add a sentiment, but not a card base that would take away from my DSP. I decided vellum would be perfect. I stamped my sentiment with Versafine and clear heat embossed it. When using a large piece of vellum attached directly to the card stock I like to use an adhesive sheet. I added that to the back then die cut the rectangle. It allows you to adhere the whole piece and not really have your adhesive show thru.
For my final touch I did use some contraband. An ocean themed card NEEDS these Iridescent Bubbles.
More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they have created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (or make sure follow my blog by email) when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Special Occasions” projects. Don’t miss the fun!