My daughter-in-law's birthday is in a few days, so I needed to get busy with a card. My son built her a fish pond in their backyard a few years ago, so I thought a card using the new Stampin' Up Seascape stamps and Sea Life dies, which includes a koi-style fish, would make a great card! I saw two cards that gave me great ideas for using this stamp and die set.
I borrowed some of the colors and card design from Luci Kirschbaum's Sea Life card from a card class from several months ago, plus from SCS Featured Stamper ksenzak1/ Karen Ksenzakovic's Sparkly Fish Birthday card. Here is a link to my card with a link in challenge #7 to Karen's card: (under construction).
I used the school of fish stamp, bubbles, and the small fish and sparkly goldfish dies from idea cards. My card changed up the fish and bubble layout, plus I added a gold foil die-cut mat, and grassy overlays for more texture and dimension. I wanted depth and texture in my card without using the diorama dies, so I added a wonky stitching gold foil mat layer and two-layer sea grass to the card front. I accomplished the grass overlays by stamping the first layer onto the card front with a very light stamp-off technique. I also stamped my fish schools and water bubbles at this point as well. Then, I stamped a second set of sea grass onto scrap cardstock and fussy-cut each blade overlaying with a slight offset onto those already stamped on the card front. Now I was ready to add the die-cut fish, my goldfish, the bubble gems and the happy birthday sentiment. Take a peak below at the finished card plus the inside design and verse. I think Ginger will be pleased with her pond-life card!
Ingredients: Stampin' Up products: Cardstock--Mint Macaron, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla. Stamps--Seascape, Peaceful Moments (sentiment). Dies--Sea Life, Stitched So Sweetly (sentiment). Ink--Mint Macaron (fish/ bubbles), Tranquil Tide (grasses--stamped off, sentiment). Genial Gems--mint macaron, pale papaya. Other: EK Punch--Victorian Corners. Reverse Confetti--All Framed Up Confetti Dies.