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Under the Sea ……

Happy Wednesday folks!

I’ve not said that in a while ……. have you missed me?

I took a little time off to have a break and re-charge the old batteries ….. did it work though? …….  well I suppose we’re about to find out.  It’s back to business as usual and some fun new stamps to play with ….. whoo hoo!

The lovely Kay’s back on our TV screens next week  …….. that’s Create & Craft on Wednesday 7th May, shows at 8am (set your alarms nice and early girls! and boys) and then back again at 3pm.

You all know what new TV shows mean ……. that’s right ….  new stamps, and lots of other fabulous goodies too.

I’ve been having a play with one of the new stamp sets ….. Under the Sea,   and I love it!!   Those eagle-eyed IndigoBlu fans may  have seen these already, they are on the website.   You may have even got your hands on them at one of the recent craft shows.  Anyhow, my set has been well and truly inked ……

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Finished card size is a nice large 8×8

I started out by cutting a piece of white card, slightly smaller that my card front, then dry brushing around the edges using IndigoBlu’s English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paint in Grandma’s Teacup.  I then did the same again, this time with the White Gee-Sso Good! Gesso to give a whitewashed look.

Next came the backdrop for my underwater scene …… I inked a piece of white cardstock, this time using Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass/Salty Ocean/Shabby Shutters and just a touch of Peacock Feathers) and then used my favourite water flicking technique to create the mottled look.

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All the stamps are from  Under the Sea,  including the words too, really good value, and so useful.

I stamped the fish a couple of times, using Black Versafine ink, and embossed them with clear powder.  I wanted to colour them using the new Metallic paints ….. latest additions to the English Cottage range.  The embossed lines meant that I didn’t have to be too precise with my painting, they act as a resist against the paint.  I used the Gold and the Silver colours, mixed them with a touch of water and blended the two colours a little

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These paints give a really nice metallic finish, especially when the light catches them ….

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I then stamped the bubbles using a blue Versafine and added Glossy Accents.  While it was still wet I sprinkled just a touch of crystal Glamour Dust over them, to make them pop!

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The seaweed has been stamped across the bottom, using 1st and 2nd generation stamps, to give a bit of depth, and I also added a few of those pretty shells …… stamped, embossed and a touch of paint added ……

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I also added a bit of string and hessian in there too.

The words I’ve kept very clean and simple,  but given them a nautical feel by making it look a bit like a porthole

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To finish off I added the cute little seahorse, again stamped and embossed onto a piece of inked cardstock, then I washed over using the new Metallic paints

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You can see I’ve attached him using a piece of folded acetate, so that he actually moves …. so cute!

As always the inside has been decorated too ……

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I’ve done the same dry brushing with the paints around the edges and added the little fish again in the corner

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Hope you like it.

It is nice to be back …..I have missed you all.  Thanks to my fab teamies who have been covering my weekly blog spot while I’ve been away … you’ve done a great job!

Don’t forget our latest challenge is up and running …… Words Are All You Need.   Why not play along ……. get all creative using one of the fabulous IndigoBlu sentiment/words stamps, you never know, you could be our next winner.  Good luck!

Thanks for popping by today ….. see you again soon.

Cheerio until next time

LindyLou xx

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6 Comments on Under the Sea ……

  1. Oh my Linda this is fabulous! Love the idea of using the metallic paints on the fish for that glimmer, the double stamped sea grass and the glistening bubbles. Jenny x

    Buttons (Jenny Marples) | April 30, 2014 at 11:25 am () ()
  2. Hi Linda
    Great card,lovely colours,the metallic paints look good on the fish.Can’t wait for the new shows.
    Love Angela x

    Angela Allen | April 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm () ()
  3. very lovely. those new stamps look ace xx

    Theresa Pace | April 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm () ()
  4. This is wonderful! The fish are gorgeous coloured with the metallic paints and the background is perfect as the sea. Love these new stamps and can’t wait for the shows xx

    Christine Smith | May 1, 2014 at 12:18 am () ()
  5. Fab Card Linda, great to have you back as well, don’t disappear again, you aren’t allowed a break you know. . 🙂 Wouldn’t of thought to colour the fish with the metallics, it’s ace. xx

    Nikki K | May 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm () ()
  6. Love the colours on this card! The “whitewashing” on the background is a great idea and helps give that seaside feel.
    Fab card xxx

    Sharon | May 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm () ()