I have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is definitely on my mind.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme. I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring! I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination. I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.
QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.
After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.
I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.
I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.
For the sentiment, I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”
I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.
Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! It is full of great inspiration.
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