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Friday, 22 July 2016

You Cannot Discover New Oceans.......

Morning! This card was inspired by the Fashionable Challenges July challenge "Under The Sea".  What a brilliant challenge!

OK, I've done this one as a step by step (as there are soooo many steps in making this card!).

So, started with my usual blank piece of card and with an image in my head that I was trying to achieve! Think Leanne, what do you need in the forefront of the card - the mermaids face....

This card is all about rubber stamping and the skill of getting the right stamps stamped in the right order and then mask, mask, mask!!!! The mermaid is in place and covered in Pebeo masking fluid.

Then add some sea weeds with distress ink, blend with an almost dry brush and cover with masking fluid.

Stamp some sea shells within the weeds (for this card I have largely used Indigoblu under the sea stamps), blend the distress ink and cover with masking fluid.

Add the sentiment "You cannot discover new oceans, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore".  Blended over that with some distress ink and then masked over that.  Stamped one fish (only had one fish stamp so reversed it with the help of a brayer - a technique I'll try and blog another day for you) that makes two opposite facing fish!  Blend in the distress ink on them and mask off with masking fluid - the picture is building!

Add a couple of seahorses and some bubbles and keep masking over the images.

Stamp some swirls behind the fish and to fill in the background I pressed some distress inks on to a large acrylic block, sprayed with water and pressed card down on to the block - having masked all of the images I knew that they were protected.

Filled in areas that had "missed" and then rubbed away all of the masking fluid from all of the images. Added glossy accents to all of the bubbles and through the mermaids hair.

Added some tiny sea shells to the mermaids hair and a paper flower under one of them.

Mat and layered in black, a green mat inked to match the greens and blues and another layer of black on a white 8 x 8 card.

There, "under the sea" like fairies at the bottom of the garden, there are mermaids at the bottom of the sea!

Happy with that....

I would like to enter this card in to the following challenges:-

Fashionable Challenges - "under the sea"
Words 2 Craft by - "just keep swimming"

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xx


  1. WOW WOW WOW, this is fantastic. I love it sooo much, I am thrilled.
    Thanks for sharing at FSC.
    Greeting Carola

    1. Thank you so much Carola for your kind comments - glad that you like it! xx

  2. Leanne, This is one impressive card! Wow! I love how you combined all these elements to create such a dreamy effect, and I'm so impressed with that mirror image second fish. Thanks so much for joining us at Words 2 Craft By. :)

    1. Thank you so much Sybrina! This card is getting some wonderful comments and I'm so grateful xxx

  3. A fabulous card Leanne, loved seeing your step by step process showing all the details.
    Thanks for sharing at FSC
    Avril xx

  4. Brilliant masking and inking! Such a beautiful result and I can't wait to hear about the mirror image with a brayer :-) Thanks for sharing with us at Words 2 Craft By ~ so glad you played along! ~ Annie

    1. Hi Annie, the brayer mirror image technique is scheduled for 15th August as Im about to go off on holiday so follow me and you should pick up new schedules! Thanks for your kind comments,
      Leanne xx