Hello friends! Building a background that ties a scene card all together is almost more important than the focal point of a design. For this set of six cards today, I switched up the greeting (two different styles) and only added two adorable stamped, colored, and die cut images from the Under the Sea Animals Stamp Set for my cards. Even though the images are a minimal, the backgrounds are the real scene stealers here because they showcase the adorable fish perfectly!
I made these cards for the four senior swimmers on my daughter's high school swim team and for the two coaches. The girls on the team signed the cards for the seniors and coaches and presented them to them with a gift at the end of season swim team banquet.
For the backgrounds, I stenciled Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks through the Simon Says Stamp Waves Stencil directly onto smooth white cardstock. After lifting the stencil, I took the ink blending tools and without re-inking, I went over the stenciled design lightly to completely cover the "ocean". I spritzed the backgrounds with water from a Distress Sprayer and let the oxidation create the illusion of bubbles! So easy and so effective for an ocean scene card!
Greetings from the Simon Says Stamp Under the Sea Animals Stamp Set and Your Next Stamp Sports Fanatic Two Stamp Set were stamped on each background. Fish from the Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes Stamp Set were stamped on the background to give the illusion of depth and dimension.
The backgrounds were die cut with a Mama Elephant Dotted Detail Frame Die to remove a thin frame from each background. A new thin frame was die cut from smooth white cardstock to replace the frame for an inlay style background. This is one of my favorite ways to create an instant frame and not lose the look and feel of the background.
Images from the Under the Sea Animals Stamp Set were stamped on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Ink, colored in with Copic Markers, and die cut with the coordinating dies before being adhered to each scene card as shown.
I die cut a Lawn Fawn Gift Card Pop Up and adhered it inside the two coaches cards.
Black and white gel pens were used to add detail to the eyes on the fish.
V I D E O T U T O R I A L
Watch the creation of these under the sea animals scene cards from start to finish below or click HERE to watch in HD:
S U P P L I E S
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