03 July 2017

Summer Dive

Summer is a good time for discovery, both on land and under the sea. Join Jacquie Cousteau as she dives into summer and have a splish spalshy day!

The image from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is coloured with Distress inks and water brush. The card also features a die cut from Sizzix and embossing.


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Putting It Together

Sometimes you decide on a particular colour for a project and then the project takes over and goes where it wants. I originally wanted a black wet suit with blue highlight.. Jacquie had different ideas.

I stamped  with light brown to do a "no lines" colouring. I used Memento since it dries water impervious and I use water medium.

 With water brushes and Distress ink smushed on my work surface, I painted/coloured the image. She wanted Mermaid eyes and the blue wet suit.

None of my oval dies were the right size, like Goldilocks - too big and too little, so I traced the outside of the one that was too small for the cut line and the oval was just right. I fussy cut the oval.

It's a little neater to use a die to cut than scissors, but this is the right size for her.

I did, though, use the die to cut some fun foam to back the oval. The Artist's Loft light weight watercolour paper isn't as rigid as similar weight from Canson or Strathmore, so I decided to stabilise the 'pop-up' with the oval.

I die cut a seashell strip and trimmed a panel of seashell paper. I dry fit them together with a sentiment from another KKS set.

I used the blending tool to add Tumbled Glass to the edge of the oval.

I used the blender to add Ground Espresso to the back and sides of the shell strip.

I embossed the sentiment on a scrap and added foam mounting tape to both the sentiment and seashell strip.

I added an inside sentiment and two more shells from the strip's die.


Kraftin' Kimmie Canada Krafty Krop: Challenge #4 - Summer!
Tuesday Throwdown: Creative Borders
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Red, White, and/or Blue
The Sketchy Challenge: Bingo - Sentiment, Image, Die Cuts
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour: Blue
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: Summer Icons
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes

Paperbabe Picture Inspiration 


  1. Another great card. Your watercolouring is fantastic. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  2. Such a lovely card.
    Thank you for joining our Bingo Challenge.

    Greetings Renate.
    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

  3. So very cute,love the shells and the coloring is so pretty. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. So cute- great coloring. Thanks for submitting with The Sketchy Challenges. Vicki- DT

  5. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Bingo” challenge over at The Sketchy Challenges & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)


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