Ridiculously amazing seahorse card

A couple of weeks ago I made a card both for the Simon Says Stamp nautical/by the sea challenge and for my friend and coworker Melissa, who was the one who got me into this crazy stamping world 😉 She’s had a lot of stress lately and I wanted to let her know just how awesome she really is.


I used a Wendy Vecchi stencil to sponge a diamond/fishing net pattern directly onto the card base. I used Distress ink in Tumbled Glass. Note that I’m stenciling with the card held vertically…I originally intended it to use portrait orientation, but couldn’t’ settle on an arrangement of the various components that looked right.


I use painter’s tape to securely hold the stencil down, often taping it to the table so it doesn’t move. I like sharp edges on my stenciled patterns. I also used the tape to make sure I didn’t stencil too much…I placed the left piece of tape along the crease of the card base.


I used a Spellbinders deckled-edge die to cut out some Echo Park paper with a wood pattern and a piece of chipboard–I’m kind of obsessed with these dies! They’re a nice change from rectangles and straight lines.

The sentiment from Paper Smooches was stamped onto plain white card stock and cut out with a Stampin Up! die. I layered the sentiment over the chipboard and added some silver embellishments from Hero Arts to look like nail heads.I used some foam adhesive to attach the sentiment for a little dimension.


The seahorse was originally made for another project but ended up being too big. I don’t have any progress pics of that but here’s how I made it:

  1. Die cut the seahorse from the Tim Holtz Sand and Sea Bigz die (I’ll tell you a secret: this was actually the paper sample that came with the die! I didn’t actually cut it out).
  2. Sponged the seahorse with Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon, then sprayed it with water. I let the water sit for a few seconds to affect the ink, then dabbed it off with a cloth.
  3. Embossed the whole thing in clear embossing powder. I like using embossing ink with a dauber top for things like this.

Excuse the quality of my photos, I’m using my iPhone right now and am not usually able to use natural light except on weekends. Hopefully my photos will get better soon 🙂