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Monday, June 24, 2013

By the Tide w/ Speech Bubbles

Create an extra underwater detail,
It's EASY ! You can make these tropical Bubbles using a straw 
and 1/2" Circle Punch.

I must admit though, I'd rather be with my sister in Hawaii makes
my own bubbles in snorkel gear rather than making them here with ink.

She loves doing Hawaii and has made in a part of
her regular life. So guess who is getting this card?

This is also my take on this week's sketch challenge @
Create with Connie and Mary
Thanks ladies for you ongoing inspiration and challenges!


I thought you might like to know how I colored the fish. Just sponge a patch of each color, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Tangerine Tango on a piece of white card stock. Gently overlap each of the colors as you sponge.

Over stamp the sponged area with black ink, classic or Black Stazon is best. I experimented with Tangerine and then cut it out. I wasn't as happy with it so that is why I switched to black. I also found that black embossing was too strong.

Cut a wide oval Coastal Cabana panel to mount your popped up fish on. Cut a whisper white layer 3" x 3 1/2" and stamp the coral in Coastal Cabana. Use a corner round punch on the bottom edges and sponge lightly with the coastal cabana ink. Sponge the script image on either side of a Pistachio Pudding card base with the top of the script image hitting at the halfway point of the card base. Punch the rounded corners at the base front and back. Apply the white panel and then the fish panel. Dip the tip of a straw into Coastal Cabana Ink and stamp at the edge of the fish mouth and going upward. Cut a Tangerine Tango strip 5 1/2" x 3/4" and cover with Natural Trim. Apply this layer slightly over the top of the white panel. This textured trim is perfect to use with this stamp set because it has the look of sand. Stamp and cut out a sea horse using Coastal Cabana ink on Pistachio Pudding paper. You could leave out this detail if you have had enough fussy cutting already.

The bubble sentiments were stamped in Tangerine Tango using the Fabulous Phrases stamp set , punched out with a 1/2" circle punch and sponged in Coastal Cabana. I really enjoy having the versatility of the 30 individual stamps to create my own phrases, I can make it personal, like what I've done for my sister.

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  1. Love your colorful fish! And what an amazing card for someone in the tropics! Those thought bubbles are so creative! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  2. What a fabulously fun card and I love how you 'colored' your fish! So bright and happy! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  3. Wow! Love how you colored the fish! Thanks for showing exactly how you did it so I can try it out. So glad you joined us for the sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your rainbow fish!! What would we do without sponges? Thanks for joining us in the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. Your colors are so pretty on this card!! Thanks for showing how you colored the fish.. it turned out beautifully! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!


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