Shopping Our Stash #476: She Sells Seashells Challenge!

Shopping Our Stash #476: She Sells Seashells Challenge!

Hello everyone! Today's Design Team card for Shopping Our Stash Challenge #476 was a great way to beat the heat since it focused on all things cool in the ocean. That's right, we want you to pull out anything that has to do with the sea, ocean or other body of water. Bring out those beach scene, shells, or water-related craftiness!

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This is the first time I used this beautiful Technique Junkies' Floral Mermaid stamp, which was sent to me from one of my crafty inspirations--Tracy Schultz recently so I decided to use it for this card. I stamped the mermaid on watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink, heat embossed her with Ranger's Holographic embossing powder and then colored her in with a variety of blue, green, pink, purple, beige and brown Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. To add some sparkle, I colored in part of her tail and her necklace with a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen. She was then fussy cut and set aside. 

Behind the mermaid are two circle die cuts. Both were die cut with dies from Pinkfresh Studio's Diagonal Stitched Circles die set. The largest circle die cut was created by die cutting a piece of Tessler Crafts' NACRE Circle paper with the second-smallest stitched circle die. The smaller die was die cut with out of a piece of watercolor paper that had been previously colored with Blue Blitz Nuvo Shimmer Powder mixed with water with the smallest die in the Pinkfresh die set. To add more interest, I stamped the wave image from Stampin' Up!'s Waves of Inspiration stamp onto the circular die cut with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide and heat embossed it with more Holographic embossing powder. The two circular die cuts were glued together so that the smaller blue circle was off-set to the right rather than centered. They were set aside to dry.

Next came the background panels. The matte (green) layer was created by ink blending
Lucky Clover Distress Oxide onto a piece of watercolor paper and then die cutting it with the largest die in Gina K Design's Master Layout 2 die set. The top layer was created by stamping Local King Rubber Stamp's Perfect Storm stamp with 3 colors of Distress Oxide onto watercolor paper in an ombré style, starting with the lightest blue Salvaged Patina, moving onto a darker Mermaid Lagoon and ending with the darkest blue Prize Ribbon. After adding ink to the stamp and then stamping it onto the watercolor paper, I used an ink blender to blend where the three colors of Distress Oxide meet to make the blend more gradual and then stamped the image again. Then the whole thing was heat embossed with more Holographic embossing powder and then die cut with the second-largest stitched rectangular die from the Master Layout 2 die set. The two panels were glued together. 

Finally, Simon Says Stamp's Sending Smiles sentiment die was used to die cut a piece of Tonic Studio's Craft Perfect Honey Gold Mirror Cardstock as well as two additional scraps of cardstock. The three layers were glued together for dimension. 

To assemble the card, I glued some scrap cardstock behind the mermaid and then glued her onto the circular die cuts. The circular die cuts and the mermaid were then glued onto the background panels towards the top of the panels so there was plenty of room for the die cut sentiment. The sentiment was glued on the bottom of the panel. Then sea shell sequins from HAI Supply's Enchanted Sea sequin mix, blue and green sequins from Catherine Pooler's Blackfoot River sequin mix and leftover hearts die cuts (which were part of the sentiment die) that were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers were glued onto the panel. The whole panel was then glued onto a white A2-sized cardbase. To add just a little bit more color, I ink blended around the edge of the card panel with Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide and then used some of the Prize Ribbon mixed with water to splatter the cardbase to finish up the card.

We hope that you are able to join us for our challenge over at Shopping Our Stash and thanks for reading!


  1. so pretty and so fun! love that sweet mermaid and the beautiful swirly oceany background!

  2. What a lovely mermaid!! And that background is magical!! Way to go shopping your stash!! Fantastic inspiration for those who decide to play along with our new "she sells seashell" challenge over at SOS.


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