Hero Arts Layering Seahorse – Wishing You Oceans of Joy

Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Card
Today I am playing along with the Paper Players Challenge #353. It’s been a long time and this is one of my favorite challenge sites! I was happy to see that this week’s theme is CAS: Summer Fun in the Water — I just got the Hero Arts Layering Seahorse stamps and dies and they go perfectly with this theme!

Paper Players Challenge #353

This set includes stamps to create dimensional, multi layered, images of shells, starfish and of course the seahorse. The seahorse has 3 stamps — a base layer (with little detail), A middle layer (with more detail & shadows), and a top layer (with fine detail). I started by stamping the base layer in the lightest ink and worked my way to the top using darker ink on each layer.

TIP: Use second generation stamping or “stamping off” to get shade variations from a single ink pad. For the lightest shade simply ink up your stamp and then stamp off on scrap paper before stamping your good image. Because you removed some of the ink on scrap paper, the image will be lighter.

Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Detail

I blended Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Distress ink and flicked on a few water drops to create an area for the seahorse to live. Then I stamped a shell and the starfish onto the blended area. Using my MISTI, I positioned my sentiment perfectly on my card front.

I cut out the seahorse with the coordinating die, mounted it my card with thin foam adhesive and added a some iridescent sequins for a little sparkle.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page. Thank you — I really appreciate your support!

SSS=Simon Says Stamp  SBC=Scrapbook.com  AMZ=Amazon  CDD=Craftin Desert Divas  P&M=Paper&More  MFT=My Favorite Things  SU=Stampin’ Up!  BAS = Blick Art Supply

Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Stamps

Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Stamps

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Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Dies

Hero Arts Layering Seahorse Dies

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Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

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Neenah 80# Solar White Cardstock

Neenah 80# Solar White Cardstock

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Ranger Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers

Ranger Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

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Distress Ink Twisted Citron

Distress Ink Twisted Citron

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Stampin' Up! Pool Party Ink Pad

Stampin’ Up! Pool Party Ink Pad

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Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Ink Pad

Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Ink Pad

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Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock

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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

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Ranger Blending Tool

Ranger Blending Tool

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Ranger Blending Tool Refill Foam

Ranger Blending Tool Refill Foam

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Darice 8MM IRIDESCENT WHITE Sequins

Darice 8MM IRIDESCENT WHITE Sequins

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Darice 5MM IRIDESCENT WHITE Sequins

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Teflon Craft Mat (3 Pack)

Teflon Craft Mat (3 Pack)

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MICRO GLUE DOTS (325)

MICRO GLUE DOTS (325)

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 EK Success Thin Foam Adhesive

EK Success Thin Foam Adhesive

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Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun

Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun

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Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Big Shot

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Scor-Pal Scoring Board

Scor-Pal Scoring Board

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Tonic 12x12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Tonic 12×12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

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Happy Crafting!
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Summer Vibin’ with Craftin Desert Divas

Today I made another card with the Craftin Desert Divas Summer Vibin’ stamp set. This little mermaid is so sweet…almost as sweet as the little alligator I used on my card for the Craftin Desert Divas & CardMaker Magazine Summer Blog Hop. Truly, all the stamps in this set are so cute it’s really unfair to play favorites 😉

I started my card by stamping the mermaid with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Copic friendly cardstock and coloring her in with Copic markers. Then I cut her out with a pair of precision scissors leaving a small white border.

TIP: To get a the effect of scales on her tail, I dotted on different shades of BG, B and BV Copics.

I used Distress Ink and a blending tool to create my background. I started blending from a craft mat onto my card, adding more ink towards the bottom for a nice ombre effect. Then I used a paintbrush to flick on some water drops — because Distress Ink is reactive with water, anywhere the water lands becomes lighter.

It’s hard to see in the photos but, I also flicked on some Clear Wink of Stella giving the background a bit of shimmer.

I cut out my distressed background with a stitched rectangular die, mounted it on a slightly larger mat of purple cardstock and attached it to a white A2 card base.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments on the purple cardstock with VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. Then I cut them out with Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banner dies, trimming the strips to fit my card.

I attached the mermaid to the card with foam adhesive for some dimension and added some sequins with micro glue dots for a bit of bling.

SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page. Thank you — I really appreciate your support!

SSS=Simon Says Stamp  SBC=Scrapbook.com  AMZ=Amazon  CDD=Craftin Desert Divas  P&M=Paper&More  MFT=My Favorite Things  SU=Stampin’ Up!  BAS = Blick Art Supply

Craftin Desert Divas Summer Vibin Stamp Set

Craftin Desert Divas Summer Vibin Stamp Set

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Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

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Neenah 80# Solar White Cardstock

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Purple Grape Cardstock 100#

Purple Grape Cardstock 100#

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Craftin Desert Divas Sequins (Beyond the Horizon)

Craftin Desert Divas Sequins (Beyond the Horizon)

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Ranger Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers

Ranger Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

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Copic X-Press Blending Card

Copic X-Press Blending Card

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COPIC Sketch Markers

COPIC Sketch Markers

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Memento Tuxedo Black

Memento Tuxedo Black

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Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD

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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

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Ranger Blending Tool

Ranger Blending Tool

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Ranger Blending Tool Refill Foam

Ranger Blending Tool Refill Foam

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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag 05847

Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag 05847

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WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE

WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE

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WOW! Heat Tool

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Lawn Fawn EXTRA SENTIMENT BANNERS

Lawn Fawn EXTRA SENTIMENT BANNERS

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MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax Die-namics

MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax Die-namics

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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker

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EK Success Precision Scissors

EK Success Precision Scissors

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 EK Success Thin Foam Adhesive

EK Success Thin Foam Adhesive

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Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun

Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun

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Teflon Craft Mat (3 Pack)

Teflon Craft Mat (3 Pack)

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Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Big Shot

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Scor-Pal Scoring Board

Scor-Pal Scoring Board

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Tonic 12x12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Tonic 12×12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

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Happy Crafting!
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Distress Ink Blending with MFT Stamps Kind Words

 

Hi guys! Don’t you love a beautiful sunset? That’s what today’s card reminds me of — a beautiful summer sunset with gorgeous pink, yellow and orange hues. I think I’ll be sending this card to my sister since this sentiment from My Favorite Things Kind Words stamp set fits her so perfectly!

 

To make my card I started by stamping the sentiment and flowers in VersaInk on a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of white cardstock. Then sprinkled on some white embossing powder and set it with a heat tool.

Once the embossing was cooled, I used distress inks and a blending tool to make this vibrant, sunsetty background.

NOTE: The pictures above show the steps in creating a similar background.
On today’s card, I used a resist technique and stamped and embossed my images before creating the background.

I started by blending Picked Raspberry Distress Ink in several places. Next, I filled in some of the blank areas with Mustard Seed, followed by Spiced Marmalade. Once all of my colors were in place I went back over everything with a bit more of the Raspberry to smooth out the blending. Then I used a microfiber cloth to wipe any ink off of the embossed images.

TIPS:

  • To avoid crazy marks from the blending tool, start blending on a craft mat and work your way on to the paper.
  • If you have an area in the center of the paper where you want to add color make a couple of circular blends on your craft mat and then lightly start blending on the paper.
  • I like to blend in a circle motion to start but when it’s time to smooth everything out, I blend lightly following the contour of the areas I’m blending together.


Even though the flowers showed up beautifully with this resist technique I wanted them to stand out a little more. So I took a paint brush and lightly touched some of the areas inside the flowers with some water. Because I used distress inks, the areas that I touched with water “lightened up” and have a slight watercolor look to them.

TIP: One of the great properties of Distress Ink is that they are reactive with water allowing you to use a wide variety of techniques with them.

I added some coordinating sequins for a bit of bling and layered my finished background/sentiment layer onto a bright pink mat and attached this to an A2 white card base.

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SUPPLIES USED TO MAKE TODAY’S CARD:

Links to supplies used to create today’s project are provided for your convenience. Where available, compensated affiliate links have been used.  This means I receive a small commission when products are purchased through those links here on my blog. Using these links costs you nothing extra and helps me afford to share my crafty creations with you. You can read more about this on my disclosure page. Thank you — I really appreciate your support!

MFT Stamps Kind Words Stamp Set

MFT Stamps Kind Words Stamp Set

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MFT DOODLED BLOOMS Clear Stamps

MFT DOODLED BLOOMS Clear Stamps

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Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

Neenah 110LB Solar White Cardstock

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MFT Stamps Razzle Berry 100# Cardstock

MFT Stamps Razzle Berry 100# Cardstock

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MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

MISTI Precision Stamping Tool

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Ranger Distress Ink Mini Kit - One

Ranger Distress Ink Mini Kit – One

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Ranger Blending Tool

Ranger Blending Tool

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Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD

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WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE

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Craftin Desert Divas Sequins (Carnie)

Craftin Desert Divas Sequins (Carnie)

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DIVA

Darice 8MM IRIDESCENT WHITE Sequins

Darice 8MM IRIDESCENT WHITE Sequins

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SSS

Tonic 12x12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Tonic 12×12 Guillotine Paper Trimmer

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WOW! Heat Tool

WOW! Heat Tool

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SSS

Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator Gun

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MICRO GLUE DOTS (325)

MICRO GLUE DOTS (325)

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SSS | SBC

Teflon Craft Mat (3 Pack)

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AMZ

Happy Crafting!
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