This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #037.
I was also inspired by Crystal Komara over at Super Stamp Girl. Go check out her blog! Every card she makes is amazing and it is well worth the visit. She made this gorgeous card for the same GDP challenge:
I loved how she used mostly Island Indigo to make this beautiful background. I wanted to make a pretty background, too!
That’s about where the CASEing (copy and selectively edit) similarities end, though. Once this card got started, it totally had a mind of it’s own.
I started by sponging Island Indigo ink onto a piece of Mint Macaron paper, using circular motions to apply the ink from the outer corners into the center. As soon as I finished, I realized it looked like I was underwater, looking up. I pulled out the little school of fish stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set, Sea Street. I inked the fish in Tip Top Taupe and stamped them off once or twice before stamping them on the paper. This gives the effect of depth, making some of the fish look farther away.
I made the seaweed using the stamp sets Light Hearted Leaves and No Bones About It, both from Stampin’ Up! I layered these in from the edges, from every direction, so it looked like weeds were growing up all around me.
The Tip Top Taupe color was perfect for creating a parchment look to my sentiment from the Going Global stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Again, I sponged on a little extra ink to give it a distressed look, like an old pirate map. I stamped the sentiment an extra time so I could fussy cut the “Love” banner and pop it up on dimensionals.
I finished the whole thing off with some vellum accent layers behind the sentiment, including one cut from the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, again from Stampin’ Up! It looks just like seaweed!
Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron
Stamp Sets: Going Global, Sea Street, Lighthearted Leaves, No Bones About It
Ink: Island Indigo, Tip Top Taupe
Dies: Circles Dies, Botanical Builder Dies
Other: Vellum, Dimensionals, Sponge