The starting point for this design is the Keep Swimming stamp set that I just love. Once again, I have only made one card with this set and I didn't even take a picture. It has been fun to pull out my under-utilized stamp sets and start creating.
I chose a cooling and predictable aquatic color combination to start my design. I was actually very inspired by one of the photos I snapped at the aquarium...you can see it at the bottom of the post.
To begin, I created the watercolor background and die cut three different sizes of circles in a bubble-esque pattern, starting from largest to small, working my way to the top of the paper. After that was finished, I adhered the transparency to the back of the watercolor paper to begin the fun part; stamping.
I stamped the cluster of bubbles in the middle circle because I knew that Mr. Whale would be perched underneath and I wanted it to appear as thought he was making them. The bubbles are stamped in white StazOn ink. The other two circles don't require any additional stamping, so I die cut the little fish and the whale. I actually used both the bold image and the line art image for the whale for a fun and quirky result. I also wanted to add in a little bit more black since the sentiment is stamped in black as well.
I just love how the whale turned out. I stamped the entire image in Hawaiian Shores ink and then added some additional color using a marker for some detail and interest. I added some clear micro beads to the bottom with liquid glue to mimic the barnacles that are commonly found on whales. I think it looks so cute!
While the whale was drying, I began stamping and working on the circles that were removed from the watercolor paper. I wanted to keep them so that they could be put back in place behind the acetate.
The bottom circle has a few of the little minnow fish stamped as well as a die cut fish which you can see in this photo. The top circle doesn't have any stamping but the middle one has a few additional bubbles stamped in a darker ink and then I added some crystal drops for sparkle and shine.
You can see in this photo that I also added some of the wave images to create aquatic plants-maybe seaweed or something. I also added a few more die cut fish here and there for balance and some crystal clear sequins. I also stamped a few more bubbles here and there in Hawaiian shores ink stamped off once so they weren't too obvious. They are a little hard to see in the photos, but in real life they have a subtle presence. The sentiment is also included in the set and I stamped it onto a strip of white paper and then layered it over the bottom circle.
This is the photo that I took at the aquarium that inspired today's design! Join me Thursday for a new inspiring challenge from The Challenge! Thanks for fluttering by!