Life Is Better By The Sea

Hello stamping friend! I’m here today, posting for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. There are 9 of us on the team – if you haven’t checked out the Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog, where we all take turns posting, you really should! You’ll find amazing projects, techniques and fun stories. Click HERE to get to the blog – you can read my post there, or here! Summertime weather has started here, which means that life is always better by the sea – or ocean, or lake! I’m using one of my favourite stamp sets called A Dose of Vitamin Sea, by Picket Fence Studios.


I love these whales! Don’t they just look happy to be swimming about?

Life Is Better By The Sea

I did a lot of my favourite thing – ink blending – for the background; that made me happy 🙂


First, cut a panel of white cardstock. Use your blender brushes to add ink, creating a water background. Start from lightest at the top, to darkest at the bottom. The colours I chose are Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch, Distress inks. When you’re happy with your water, lay your stencil on top of the panel. To make sure it stays in place, I used a temporary spray adhesive, or you can use the Thermo Web Purple Tape, or even a washi tape. If you don’t have a sun rays stencil, you can always make your own if you have the Lawn Fawn Sun Rays die, and an acetate sheet!

Create the sun rays by blending Peacock Feathers Distress ink through the stencil, about halfway down the panel. Lighten the rays as you go, just as they would normally penetrate less through the water, the deeper they go.  Remove, and clean your stencil. Add a few small fish, stamping them in Salty Ocean Distress ink, randomly on the panel. Spray some water onto the panel, to create some lighter droplet areas.  Now, set aside your beautiful water panel, while you work on the rest of the details.

Life Is Better By The Sea


On a separate piece of white cardstock, blend Salty Ocean Distress ink. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, and then cover it with white embossing powder. Set it with a heat tool, and set it aside.

For the whales, stamp them in waterproof ink onto watercolour paper, and allow it to dry. Use your Zig Clean Colour Brush markers in 091 Light Gray and 092 Gray Blue to colour the whales.  Next, use the coordinating Dose of Vitamin Sea Dies to die cut the whales.  Lay your whales on the panel, and stamp some bubbles above them, in a light gray ink.

Now you can attach the whales and the sentiment to the water panel, with foam tape or squares.  Add a little bling by attaching some small rhinestones, near the stamped bubbles. Now you can finally attach your image panel to an aqua cardstock base. There you are – these happy whales prove that life is better by the sea (or in their case – in it!).

Life Is Better By The Sea


Is life better by the sea for you? Or do you prefer a lake, or pool? Whichever you prefer, I hope that my card has inspired you to add a water theme to your crafting! I’ve attached links, where possible, to the products I’ve used in my card. Online shopping is quick & easy – and it’s like Christmas when it arrives at your door! Thanks for spending some time with me today – happy stamping!

Be sure to come back tomorrow (Friday) for a very special Blog Hop with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team! We’ll have fabulous projects, a special discount code, and a prize to be won!

Life Is Better By The Sea

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Life Is Better By The Sea

  1. This card is adorable. I love how you blended the background (you are so good at that!) and the using a die for the sun rays is genius!

    1. I’m glad that you like my whale card, Susan. I liked adding the sun rays through the water.

  2. Absolutely stunning. Totally inspired me and I have the perfect little boy in mind for it too. Thank you for sharing xxx

    1. I’m so glad that you were inspired by my whale card, Chloe! I hope that you have fun creating your card. 😊

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