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Jellyfish Shadowbox Card

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I made this fun Jellyfish Shadowbox Card to share with you today along with a fun little sand-filled necklace.

Have you ever seen a Shadowbox Card?  It lays flat so you can mail it, but when you push the sides in, it expands the middle so it becomes a shadowbox.  There is a great tutorial on SCS here if you’d like to try making one.  The picture below shows a different angle on the card – you can see the “box” part better.


I started this card by stamping the beautiful jellyfish image with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  This jellyfish stamp is from the P041 Japanese Fishing Scenes sheet.  I cut the paper down so it would fit inside the blue shadowbox.  Once the shadowbox card was assembled, I had a better idea of where to place the sentiment.

I stamped the kanji “Friend” with the same Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and trimmed it down.  This kanji stamp is from the A337 Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You sheet.  With the shadowbox standing up, I carefully placed the kanji inside right on top of the stamped jellyfish.

When i was shopping for the ocean and mermaid stamps, I also found these adorable little glass vials with cork stoppers in the Art Neko store.  I filled one with the Galveston beach sand and a few of the tiny little seashells available from Art Neko.  After I secured the cork in the top, I wrapped some twine around the vial and tied it with a large loop.  This will be a cute little necklace to give to the friend who receives this card.

This is my last summer-themed project for this year.  I am already working on some fun new fall cards using brand new stamps that you will soon see in the store!  Come on back this weekend for a fun sneak peek!!




Oxide Jellyfish

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Holly posting today and I’m sharing this Oxide Jellyfish card with you.  I’m switching days with Chrissy this week as she does not have access to a computer right now.  I’ve been playing in some challenges on Splitcoaststampers, and one was to have a water technique with some sea life on it.  I pulled out my P041 Japanese Fishing Scenes set because I wanted to play with the jellyfish stamp.

For my background, I smooshed three colors of distress oxide ink onto my craft mat – Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio.  I spritzed them with water and then smooshed some white cardstock over the inks.  I dried the first layer with my heat tool, and then I smooshed the cardstock back over the inks again.  I repeated the drying and smooshing until my paper was covered.  After the final drying, I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it over the background and dried it again.  I love how the background turned out.

I wanted the jellyfish to look like it was swimming in the watery background, so I stamped it with Faded Jeans distress oxide ink. It’s the perfect shade to go with the background.  I glued this piece down onto a white card base and I added a die cut “hello” to the lower right side.

I hope you’ve been inspired by all our summery cards over the past few months.  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!



Mermaid on Glittery Scales


Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I am here to share my Mermaid on Glitter Scales with you.  This seems to be the summer of mermaids, doesn’t it?  Everyone is making cards with mermaids, and I am in awe of the gorgeous mermaid card that Hetty created last week.  Take a look at her Sea Scenery card here.  I wanted to try something completely different for my mermaid card today.

I was playing around embossing paste and glitter, and I made this background on a whim.  I started by mixing equal amounts of clear embossing paste and glitter – one batch was turquoise and the other batch was a soft green.  I then spread the blue and the green glitter pastes directly onto some white cardstock.  I just smeared random areas with green, then other areas with blue, and let it dry.

I mixed up another batch of clear embossing paste and turquoise glitter and spread it through a stencil right on top of my previously made background.  You can see the green and blue glitters peeking out through the spaces between the scales in the background.  It is soooooo glittery!

My mermaid comes from the A198 Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp sheet.  There are lots of wonderful fish and shell stamps that coordinate beautifully with all the mermaids on this sheet.  To make sure my mermaid matched my background, I colored her with Copic markers in shades of blue and green.  Then I applied glue to her hair and her tail and covered it with the same turquoise glitter.  Once the glue was dry, I set her down on a bed of sand (kraft cardstock strip) and added a couple sprigs of glittery greenery and some white coral pieces.

Have you made a mermaid card this summer?  Go shopping at Art Neko and get your mermaid stamps and ink them up before summer is over!  🙂





Mermaid on Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing my Mermaid on Oil Pastels card with you today.  We are in our hot days of summer here in Texas, and the temperatures are hovering around 100 every day now.  I want to dive into the sea like this mermaid and cool off!

For this card, I was playing with some water soluble oil pastels.  I scribbled some blue and green pastels onto watercolor paper, and then I dipped my fingers into water and blended the colors together.  After the piece dried, I stamped the beautiful mermaid image from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set (A198) directly onto the oil pastels.  I had never tried stamping on oil pastels before, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it worked!  🙂

For the blue card base, I used Versamark to stamp the collection of seashells and starfish (also from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198) in each of the four corners.  This stamp is a perfect fit for stamping onto the corners of your cards.  I cut out the mermaid piece with an oval die and matted it with a matching scallop oval.  This oval fits beautifully inside the stamped corner frame.

The sentiment is also from the same Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198.   I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it out with scissors.  It is adhered with some foam tape to give the sentiment some dimension.

There are 36 stamps on this Mermaids and Ocean Life sheet A198.  That’s a lot of stamps!  This set has so many wonderful coordinating stamps all on one sheet for a great price.  I love all the fish and the seashells as well as the variety of mermaids on this sheet.  The “crab shack” stamp is awesome!  I can’t wait to use that one!  Go check out the stamps by clicking on this link – Mermaids and Ocean Life A198.

Have a great week!



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