Today's Share A Whale of a Card

Hello stamping friend! It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means; it’s time for a new challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! It’s a 2 week sketch challenge for you, and today’s share is a whale of card! Don’t worry – you’ll get the joke in a minute!


Here’s the sketch that you’ll be using as your ‘jumping off’ point. Notice the detail behind the focal image. Will you stamp, or use embossing? Maybe something else? I can’t wait to see what you do!  Remember, as long as the sketch is easily recognizable, you can change the orientation, the shape of the focal area – and of course the colours, etc., are up to you!


Okay – here’s the punchline! For my card, I decided to use the Picket Fence Studios A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set. There are also matching dies, but I didn’t use them this time.

Today's Share A Whale of a Card

You can see that I kept the basic sketch as it is, using the splashes as the background detail, and doing a multi-level stamping on the squares for the focal area.


I had such fun creating this card! It’s always super fun when what you have in your head actually translates exactly onto paper. Spoiler alert – that doesn’t always happen!

First, start by die cutting the 2 different sized squares, and your background panel in white cardstock. Next, set up your large panel in your MISTI or other stamping platform. This will help you with lining up your stamp images for each layer.

Start by stamping the first image onto the large panel, in a dark gray ink. I used SU! Gray Granite ink, for a nice crisp image. Next, lay the largest square over the large panel. Mask off the panel below (using white copy paper allows you to see the image below, through it), and stamp the whale again. Repeat this process for the smallest square.  Separate each of the panels, and use a gray pencil to add some shading to the whale. I used the Polychromos Warm Grey pencil for mine.

Use the splash and bubble images from the A Dose of Vitamin Sea to add the details to your panels. Place the splash image either into your stamp platform or on a clear block. Dab ink in Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress ink onto the stamp, and then lightly spray it with water. The inks will react with the water, and spread. Stamp the image as shown above, repeating the process each time.

Randomly stamp the bubbles in Salty Ocean Distress ink. Add some background shading using a Blender Brush and Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Be sure to add the ink to each of the squares, as well as the large panel.


Once  you’re happy with your image and inking, layer the 2 squares on top of each other, and then onto the large panel, making sure to line up the images so they appear to be one continuous image.  Stamp your sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock in Salty Ocean ink, and attach it to the bottom of the panel with foam tape. Now, attach your front panel to a dark blue card base.

Finish off your card by adding some Clear Droplets and a few blue rhinestones.

Today's Share A Whale of a Card


For more inspiration, head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, and see what the rest of the Design Team have created! You’ll also find the link there, to add your own project. Remember – it’s a 2 week challenge, so you’ve lots of time to get creative. I hope you’ll join us – I’m looking forward to seeing what you create  🙂


If you’d like to create your own whale of a card, I’ve provided affiliate links below, for your online ordering. Thanks for spending some time with me today, and happy stamping!

Today's Share A Whale of a Card

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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! :)

6 thoughts on “Today’s Share A Whale of a Card

    1. Oh, I’m glad that you like today’s whale card, Buffy! The design just ‘came’ to me, and I was pretty happy that it worked out. Thanks so much for commenting 🙂

    1. Thank you, Nora! I’m glad you like my fun whale card for the Paper Craft Crew 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Susan! I’m glad you like my whale card. It makes me happy to know that you noticed the details 🙂

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