Mix it Up Monday: Scenes from the Sea

Hello Friends and Happy Monday! Emily @popofpaper here today with a Slimline Ocean-themed card using the adorable Turtely Awesome 3×4 Stamp Set and the Scenes from the Sea 6×6 4-Piece Stencil. As a CAS card designer, I’m usually not a scene-builder/background builder but I thought I would Mix It Up and try something new and the Scenes from the Sea stencil with the Trinity Blending Buddy Brushes seriously made it so easy to create an ocean-scene background.  

To create the Slimline card, I cut a piece of white card stock to 3.5 x 8.5 inches and then ink-blended the ocean water using Distress Oxide Inks and Trinity Blending Buddy Brushes

After the ocean water was created, I used darker blues and purple to create the ocean floor using two of the four layered stencils from  Scenes from the Sea. The stencil set also includes little sea creatures and fish images that I used to heat emboss two schools of fish in silver embossing powder. 

Tip: When embossing directly to distress oxide ink-blended backgrounds, make sure your ink blended background ink is “dry” before applying embossing powder, Otherwise, your powder will not only stick to your embossing ink but also all over your ink blending. Ugh…I learned this the hard way. For a little extra drying measure, I heat set the distress oxide ink background with my heat gun and then apply anti-static ink before adding my embossing ink. 

Then I stamped the images from Turtely Awesome with VersaFine Ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I colored the embossed images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. After coloring, I fussy cut the images and adhered them to my card panel.

To finish the card, I added an aqua border using one of my favorite go-to Slimline Series Sets: Frame and Fold Die Set. It’s great for slimline, A4 and “pocket-sized” cards. For extra pop, I added little white polka dots, glitter stickles and the most amazing under-the-sea embellishments: Boiled Sugar Transparent Drops


So there we are friends, an ocean-themed slimline card from a CAS card designer that had a ton of help from the “anybody can be a card scene builder” Scenes from the Sea stencil set. I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to try fun new techniques and card styles. 

Big Paper Hugs!

Emily @popsofpaper

5 thoughts on “Mix it Up Monday: Scenes from the Sea

  1. This is so dreamy under the sea with the gorgeous blended background!! Great tip about embossing!! Loving Scenes from the sea stamp set images!!!!

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