Thursday, April 14, 2016

Under the Sea!

It's O-fish-al!! The Stampendous Design Team has been sharing projects this week that we made for the April 2016 Catalog using the Graphic45 Voyage Beneath the Sea background papers. 


Put on your underwater gear and swim through our posts and featured designer’s blog posts this week to comment because we have an ocean of goodies in three (3) prize packages. Each comment is your entry for a chance at one of the prize packages. See Official Contest Rules for details. Deadline to comment is Sunday night, April 17th .

Three winners will receive a prize package with one of our new matching sea theme stamp and die sets (SeashellsSailboat and Mermaid Friends), Ocean Wisdom Perfectly Clear Stamp Set PLUS a sample of papers from the Graphic 45 Papers Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection.

Let's see if you can find the Graphic45 cardstock in my seascape!

"Under the Sea"
CRS5090 Cling Seashells Stamp Set NEW
DCS5090 Seashells Die Cut Set NEW
PK03 Gemstone Embossing Kit NEW
EK22 Beach Embossing Kit - Golden Sand NEW
FRC05 Frantage Color Fragments Taupe
EPA50 HT400 Embossing Heat Tool
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

My Colors Cardstock - Sweet Potato, Grasshopper
Graphic 45 Cardstock Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection - Steampunk Splash
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa
Copic Markers - E01, E31, E33, E51, E53, W1, W2, W4, Y21, YR21, YR15, YR24, YR68, R00, R30, R81, RV11, R85, 100
DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Primary Cyan, Titanium White, Primary Yellow
DecoArt media Matte Medium
9" x 9" Shadow Box
6" x 6" x 1 1/2" Canvas
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Paint brushes
Glue Dots
White Foam Tape
Removable tape

Step 1:  Tape the Seahorse stencil to a piece of Sweet Potato cardstock and the Sea Turtle stencil to a piece of Grasshopper cardstock with removable tape
Step 2:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Matte Black Embossing Paste over both images, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning
Step 3: Immediately sprinkle the the Seahorse with Carnelian Embossing Powder and the Sea Turtle with Jade Embossing Powder, tap off extra powders, heat set with heat tool, let cool, cut out images, set aside until assembly
Step 4: Stamp shells from the Seashells set with Memento Tuxedo black on the Graphic45 paper, color with Copic Markers, and use the matching Seashells Die Cut set to cut them out
Die cut 4 pieces of "coral" from the reverse side of the Graphic45 paper

Step 5:  Use your craft mat or a palette to mix some Primary Cyan and Titanium White to the color blue you like for your "sea", use a brush to paint the canvas, adding more white near the bottom for the ocean floor, dry well

Step 6: Mix Primary Blue and Primary Yellow to make green paint, place the Under the Sea stencil in the center of the canvas and use a 1/4" stencil brush to color the openings, wash the stencil and brush immediatley, let dry (the green will seep under the edges of the stencil a bit, that's what you want)
Step 7: Tape the clean dry Under the Sea stencil over the dry green paint with removable tape and apply Matte Black Embossing Paste over the stencil, remove and clean the stencil, let paste dry, swipe a little more white over the background to lighten it
Step 8:  Lay out all the pieces how you want them

Step 9:  Use a foam applicator to add some Memento Rich Cocoa in over the white paint on the ocean floor, apply a coat of Matte Medium and sprinkle with Golden Sand embossing powder, heat set
Step 10: Use foam tape and ZipDry to attach all the pieces where you want them, let dry
 Step 11:  Use the Quick Dry adhesive to apply some Taupe Color Fragments  along the bottom edge
Step 12: Use ZipDry to attach the canvas into the Shadow Box Frame, let dry

Don't miss more great creations by stopping over at the Stampendous Blog!

Happy Creating,


Your Minnesota Gal, Rachel said...

WOW! Amazing!

Linda Agers said...

Beautiful and so creative. I want to make one just like it. I love how you did the water.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Beautiful combination that show off the ocean! Thanks for showind combinations of stamps, dies, and stencils- they together make my favorite cards!

Ina Good said...

gorgeous creative canvas from the beautiful beneath the sea sets!!!

Nancy Noble said...

Beautiful. Everything looks so real

Pam B said...

Wow! Beautiful piece of art!

Sabrina said...

Oh my goodness... How stunning and gorgeous!!

barbara macaskill said...

What a stunning creation!! I absolutely love all of the beautiful sea creatures and you have created a magnificent scene!!!! LOVELOVELOVE IT!!!

Sue D said...

Beautiful--I like the colors and dimension.

Gini Williams Cagle said...

You made such a great ocean scene on your canvas. Awesome!

Sharon Thomas said...

Love it. Makes me want to head for the seashore.

Mary Holshouser said...

this is magnificent.
I would hang it in the living room at the lake house.
Some of these critters are not in our lake but I'll
never tell.
thanks for sharing a fantastic piece.

Linsey R said...

This is amazing!! I feel like I could jump right into that beautiful scene and become a part of it!! Most inspiring work and thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

SHartl said...

This is so beautiful and I would never have thought you used stencils for this piece. I love all the color and texture!

cghundley said...

Awesome sea scene!
Carla from Utah

Carolina Kathy said...

Love your piece of art! Very difficult to find the G45 paper. You did an incredible job!! TFS .

karenajo said...

Fantastic project - love the combo of all the different media. Thanks for sharing !

Viki Banaszak said...

This is fabulous! I love the way you framed this up. It is so pretty with the fishies. So much depth.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, stunning piece of art. Love the dimension on the seahorse and turtle. Love how you stamped the shells onto the G45 paper.

Amanda Rhodes said...

Beautiful! It looks so real!

Judy said...

Absolutely stunning!! What a great job you did on this project. Thanks for sharing how you put this together with us.

LaChelle Unger said...

So beautiful. I love how it has a shadowbox look to it!

LaChelle Unger said...

So beautiful. I love how it has a shadowbox look to it!

Pam Hornschu said...

Great seascape, Louise! Lol. I love how the design wraps around the canvas. Makes you feel like you're truly under the sea!

Sue Lutz said...

Spectacular sea scape. The intense blue and dark greens are mesmerizing along w almost a copper finish to the sea Horse a shells.

Rea' said...

That's just awesome ... your coral is from the Steampunk Splash right? How cool is that ! The texture detail on the shells and sea creatures is awesome !!!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This is fabulous! Such depth and attention to detail in your ocean scene....thanks for the instructions.

Jean said...

This is amazing! Such wonderful details!

BethW said...

Blown away-this is incredible. The depth,colors, and textures are perfect. And your tutorial is fantastic-bookmarked so I can give this a try.

MisS MiKO said...

wonderful done canvas!

Michele Henderson said...

I love the terrific dimension on your project! So fun!
Take care!

D.Ann C said...

Oh, I would LOVE to have this gorgeous piece hanging on my wall! Love the depth and texture you created and the stamping on the G45 paper for the fab colors, too!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Those sea treasures are amazing, love your project!

Joi at RR said...

Love the way you have displayed your beautiful creativity Louise. Your project truly turned out to be an eye catcher. Thanks bunches for joining our DecoArt Media UNDER THE SEA challenge. joi

Barbara Rankin said...

Wow Louise, this is great! Love all the dimension on this. Thanks for joining us in the DecoArt Media Under the Sea Challenge.