Oceans of Love Card by John

Oceans of Love Card by John

Posted by John Kinch on

Heya crafters,

I’m honored to have been asked by Scrapbookpal.com to share details about my card! My mom is a huge Beatles fan, so I grew up with their music. With COVID-19 and social distancing going on, many might feel like they are cooped up living in their own little yellow submarine right now. Hopefully, this is a fun read to help pass the time… and I won’t tell anybody if you don’t even feel like putting on pants today this week. Oh yeah, my Instagram is @CoolPaperArt, so you should virtually pop by, it would mean a lot! :D


OK, let’s get down to business!

First, I stamped the submarine in the middle of the 8.5 x 3.5 paper with amalgam ink and colored it with Copics. Then, I made a mask out of a post-it note and stuck it over the submarine to protect it from the upcoming blending. (side note: the post-its that have full stickiness coverage on the back are great for masks). This will be a fairly simple card with a limited color scheme since I really want the sub to stand out.

Next, I ink blended the blue distress inks on the 8.5 in. x 3.5 in. sheet of 80# paper- I’m a sucker for all things ombre. Do your best and don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Keep the mask on the submarine for now.

I then washed my hands (for 20 seconds!) and shook the water off on the background. Lay a paper towel on top, pull it off, and presto- all your blending imperfections are camouflaged. You can repeat this step too if you like. Now, you can peel off the mask. Isn’t that a satisfying feeling?

Then, I used a wave border die to cut a tiny bit off the top. I also used the silicone impressions pad and die cutting machine to lightly impress some other waves into the blue background. Now, your ocean is really looking like an ocean.

I then scored the 8.5 in. x 7 in. 110# paper in half at the 3.5 in. mark. I also cut the 8.5 in. side down to about 8 in. (this doesn’t need to be exact, you just don’t want the card-base to peek out from the waves you just cut). I personally wait to glue it together until the very end, but now we at least know what we are working with!

I stamped the fish, starfish, and jellyfish in amalgam ink and colored them in with copic markers. I kept the stamps in my MISTI. After the coloring, I stamped them again with Versamark ink and used black embossing powder. Heat set. Fussycut. You’re on a roll.

There was a bit too much white border around my cut out images, so I used a very light Copic marker to cover up the white. This was especially impactful in-between the jellyfishes’ tentacles. I also recommend having a few of the light copic colors in your stash (00, 000, or 0000 series) since they can be quite useful. I actually forgot to do the starfish but shhhh don’t tell.

I used the stitched hill die on some brown scrap paper and then added a few dots of brown marker on it- bam, it’s sand. Glue to bottom of your ocean and cut off any excess.

Then, I used some foam tape and/or glue to adhere the fish, jellyfish and starfish- the foam tape adds dimension.

Heat emboss the sentiment with gold embossing powder.

Finishing touches time! Any imperfections? Stick a sequin on it and don’t tell a soul about it. I also added a bunch of Nuvo drops (ombre style of course). The 2 swarovski crystals look either pink/red or dark blue depending on the angle you look at them, so that’s why I colored one of the fish pink.

More finishing touches time: I added white gel pen to the submarine for highlights and then used glossy accents on the 3 windows. Don’t touch that puppy for like 2 hours- I have accidently stuck my grubby paws in glossy accents 20+ times before, ha!

Then, after everything was dry, I glued the card front to the card base.

Pop that sucker in the mail!

Thanks again for coming by, hopefully you like some of my other Instagram cards too.


Instagram: @coolpaperart

Products Used:

Submarine- Lawn Fawn: You are Sublime Stamps + Die

Fish and Sentiment- The Greeting Farm: Little Mermaids set (ALTERNATIVE)

Ocean Waves stitched border die set - Mama Elephant (ALTERNATIVE)

Stitched Hillside Borders die set - Lawn Fawn

Sizzix Big Shot and Silicone Impressions Pad for embossing

Starfish and Jellyfish- Lawn Fawn: So Jelly Stamps + Die

Distress Ink and Blending Tools - from bottom to top: Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio

Sequins and 2 blue/red Swarovski crystals

Nuvo Drops- translucent series: Aqua Plains, Sea Breeze, Key Lime

Copic Markers

Glossy Accents

Amalgam Ink - Gina K.

Versamark Ink

Gold Embossing Powder

Black Embossing Powder

One 8.5 in. x 3.5 in. Neenah white cardstock 80# (front of card)

One 8.5 in. x 7 in. Neenah white cardstock 110# folded in half at the 3.5 in. mark (sturdy card-base)

Scoring Tool

White pen for highlights

Post it note

Misti stamping tool

Heat tool for embossing

Foam tape

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  • Love the card!

    Julia Freeman on
  • Wow what a great card and superb tutorial. Thank you so much for doing it this way. It’s appreciated. X X

    AndreaH on
  • Great colors and card! #scrapbookpalgiveaway

    Renee Rodriguez on

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