I'm so happy to finally introduce you to our Oceans of Joy stamps & coordinating dies today. It's a wonderful set that really compliments the two previously shared sets, but it also is pretty fun all on it's own. It's sort of random, but the set includes a new smaller balloon and string that I'm super excited to finally have to mix and match with all of our other sets.
For my first card I created a birthday card using that balloon with a bunch of the different fish and bubbles from the set (along with a borrowed birthday hat from our Froggy Friends stamps). I also used the new sandy beach border image which spans the length of the set. With the vertical orientation of my card I was able to stamp it twice and offset them so that they each featured a different part of the border to keep things interesting. Once I had everything stamped, colored and adhered, I added some glossy accents to my balloons and bubbles to make them shiny.
For my next card I used our Stitched Scallop Border dies to create my waves drawing inspiration from a sweet card by Laura Bassen shared HERE. I loved how she highlighted the edge of her dies by inking on the layer below so I inked on the bottom portion of each wave using all of the cool blue & turquoise distress inks in my stash from cracked pistachio to chipped sapphire. I then tucked my whale in one of the waves, cutting his flipper so that it could hang out and finished the visual circle with the dolphin and sea turtle. After I stamped my sentiment with my mini misti (I wasn't about to mess up all my hard work) it still felt a bit empty so I added some sparkle using my favorite mix of Crystal Reflections sequins from Simon Says Stamp.
For my next card I had fun creating a border of what my daughter lovingly refers to as goldfish crackers. My ocean background was achieved by brushing on layers of different blue & aqua using my Gansai Tambi watercolors with Arches Cold Press Watercolour paper and a large paintbrush.
My last Ocean themed card of the day features a fun masking and embossing technique. Today I'm excited to be a guest over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog where I am sharing several cards including this one with more details about masking techniques. I hope you will hop on over to visit them. ;)
These little guys are kind of "fun" to fussy cut out so once again I used my tip for coloring the inside portions with a marker to blend with the background. I love how they're able to hold hands though (or maybe that should be holding legs). Hee-hee.
For my vertical wavy stripes I inked on some tumbled glass and broken china distress ink and then stamped the wavy borders from our Island Getaway stamps.
Here's a look at the new Oceans of Joy clear stamps and coordinating dies available for purchase on Friday morning...
With each new release we have a free die that is automatically added to your purchase and on Friday we will be including the new mini leaf die with orders placed in our online store while supplies last (our supplies on this one are very limited, but I think we will be able to have enough to last us through the weekend, if not a bit longer). ;)
Did you miss our other mini dies? No worries. You can now purchase past dies as a 6-piece set for $4.99. These are in limited supply so they are being offered as an exclusive to our website. :)
I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peeks. Would you like to win a $25 gift code to our online store to spend on some of the new sets? Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win. We will be giving away a new gift code each day for a total of five chances to win! Contest closes on April 15th at Midnight PST. Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 16th. :)
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