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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  • Great colors and card! #scrapbookpalgiveaway

    Renee Rodriguez on

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