24 June 2019

VIDEO | Spellbinders + FSJ Ocean Backgrounds: Three Ways + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Spellbinders + Fun Stampers Journey to celebrate the release of the new Hello Summer Collection. We are celebrating with a fun blog hop and there are more details on that below. For my cards today, I thought it would be fun to create three different ocean backgrounds using different mediums.
 
 
INK SMOOSHING

My first way to create an ocean background is with ink smooshing. I think this technique works particularly well for ocean backgrounds as you get a nice organic/splashy look.
 

I took FSJ Cool Pool Liquid Color and added this to my glass mat. I added a little water to it and then took a piece of Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink cardstock and pounced the glossy side into the ink. I repeated this step with the FSJ Limeade Splash Liquid Color. I liked how it was looking but I wanted a bit more blue in the background, so I added on some Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Spray. I heat set the ink and then added a layer of Tim Holtz Distress Glaze over the top.
 
 
The piece was then run through the Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine with the FSJ Bubble Bubble Stencil to emboss it. I love the added texture it brings to the background. I die cut a Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle Die from a panel of white cardstock, added foam tape to the back and then added the background piece behind. This was then added to a white A2 card base.
 
 
I stamped the shark from the FSJ Shark Attack Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured it with Copic Markers. I fussy cut it out with scissors but there are coordinating dies for the images. I stamped the sentiment from the set on to Spellbinders Black Licorice Cardstock with Versamark Ink. I added detail white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. I also added the shark with a combination of foam tape and tape runner. To finish off the card, I added a few Lucy's Raindrops.
 
GLITTER PASTE + STENCILS

My second ocean background uses ink blending, glitter paste and a stencil. I thought the stencil would work well with the mermaid's tail to create the look of splashes in the sea with the movement of the tail.
 

I first took a panel of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock and added Distress Inks on to it using ink blending tools. I used Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks. I then placed the FSJ Splash Zone Stencil over the top and secured with low tack tape. Using a palette knife, I added a coat of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I removed the stencil and then set the piece aside to dry.
 
 
The piece was cut down and added to the front of an A2 white card base with tape runner. I die cut the FSJ Sparkle Mermaid Tail Die from white cardstock and added this to the card with small dabs of liquid glue. I then cut a panel of white cardstock and cut the top using the Spellbinders Curved Borders Die. I added this piece at the bottom of the card to look like a wave.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the FSJ Make Waves Stamp Set and white heat embossed this on to black cardstock. This was cut down and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Iridescent Jewels.
 
ALCOHOL INKS

My final ocean background today uses alcohol inks. I thought an ethereal type alcohol ink background would work well with the mermaid.
 
 
I took a panel of Yupo paper and added Tim Holtz Patina, Pool and Aqua Alcohol Inks on to it, using the Alcohol Ink Blending Solution and an air puffer to move the colour around. The piece was set aside to dry and then cut down to an A2 sized panel of 5.5" x 4.25".
 
 
I stamped the sentiment from the FSJ Make Waves Stamp Set on top using ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and set aside to dry. I took one of the mermaid's from the FSJ Make Waves Stamp Set and stamped this on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured her using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and fussy cut her out with scissors (but there are coordinating dies available).
 
 
The background panel was added to an A2 white card base with tape runner and the mermaid added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few sequins from the FSJ Splash Zone Sequins collection.
 
VIDEO:

Here is the video showing how I made my cards:
 


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SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Shark - N7, N5, N3, N2, N1, N0. Mermaid skin - E13, E11, E00, E50. Hair - E49, E27, E25, E23, E21. Top and flower in hair - V17, V15, V12. Tail - BG49, BG45, BG13, BG11.
 
BLOG HOP:
 
 
Like I mentioned, we are celebrating the new release with a fun blog hop! For the hop, you should have arrived here from the wonderful Tina Smith.

Next on the hop is the fantastic Mindy Eggen.

If you get lost along the way, you can find links to all the participants over on the Spellbinders Blog.
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
To celebrate the release, Spellbinders are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog hop reader. The winner will be selected from the comments left across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Monday, July 1st at 11.59pm EDT. The winners will be announced over on the Spellbinders blog the following Tuesday. Good luck!
 
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a wonderful day!

57 comments:

  1. I think the ink smooshing looks so cool. I'm going to have to try it.

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  2. I LOVE how you did the backgrounds!

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  3. Fabulous! Love the video sharing how you created these beautiful cards.

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  4. I just love the punny sharks set!! Your cards are lovely.

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  5. Lovely cards! I think I need alcohol inks now!!

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  6. All 3 cards are amazing... I can't decide which one I like more!!!

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  7. Ooh I love these super cool and awesome backgrounds! Fantastic cards! :)

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  8. Great backgrounds! Thanks for explaining how you made them! Love your cards!

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  9. WOW! These are all just fabulous! Thanks for sharing some fun techniques! Awesome cards!

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  10. Your cards are so lovely. I can't decide which I like most!!

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  11. The Hammerhead is wonderful!!!!!!!!! My grandson has a stuffed animal--a Hammerhead, that he takes everywhere! He even had a birthday party for him :)

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  12. I just love the sharks. They are so great and your cards are wonderful!

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  13. wow. What an amazing trio of crafty magicalness indeed! I love how you shared your how to with all the processes! I can't wait to give them a spin myself!

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  14. Love love LOVE these colors!

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  15. Great release. I love the hammerhead shark so much. Mermaids are mysteries of the ocean. Super tail card.

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  16. STUNNING! I Love the NAILED it pun and great mermaid cards!

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  17. Thanks for sharing these fun cards, love the ocean theme and your lovely backgrounds.

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  18. Your cards are so beautiful! I love the new products.

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  19. Adorable cards! Love your choice of colors and the sparkling accents.

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  20. Love that beautiful blue! Fantastic cards, love them!

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  21. Love the different ways
    you created the cards.
    The Mermaid tail card
    is gorgeous.
    Carla from Utah

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  22. These are just wonderful. So many nice products!

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  23. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create. Thank you!

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  24. Great cards!! Love the sentiment on the hammerhead card. So punny!!! :0D

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  25. All beautiful cards! I am really drawn to the splash zone stencil with the mermaid tail die cut.

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  26. Three fabulous cards Michelle,loved seeing all the different techniques. They all look so pretty šŸ˜ xx

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  27. Your cards are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  28. awesome summer cards - love the sentiments - so fun

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  29. Wonderful cards--great techniques and love the sentiment on the shark card.

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  30. Pretty cards! My favorite is the blue alcohol ink card, that mermaid stamp is gorgeous!

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  31. WOW!!! I love all three of these cards! You did a fabulous job!!!

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  32. Like the mermaid tail one especially, but all cards very well done!

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  33. The mermaid tail with the stencil was my fav, but all great cards!

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  34. Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Michelle! You really spent so much time creating each one and they've turned out beautifully! I think I 'need' the Splash Zone Stencil :)

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  35. Love the dimension you achieved with the glitter paste.

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  36. Gorgeous cards! I love the background color!

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  37. You really have a knack for movement with your backgrounds. I'll have to experiment with your technique. Thanks

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  38. Love seeing all different backgrounds together

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  39. I love your beautiful backgrounds!! Such cool colors. I love the Mermaid tail. That's a must have!!

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  40. Love your cards. Thank you for sharing your ideas and creativity.

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  41. Great cards. Love the backgrounds.

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  42. Love your backgrounds!! Thanks for the ideas!!!

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  43. Beautiful, fun cards. Your backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous.

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  44. Omg! Amazing! Magnificent! They are all great and although they look amazing and complicated it will be easy to give it a try. Very inspirational! Thank you!

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  45. Amazing cards Michelle. Love the sweet images and the cool backgrounds. Great techniques!

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  46. Cant get enough of the cards! Tyfs!

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  47. Awesome set of cards! I love the mermaid tail!

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  48. Truly beautiful cards. I love your backgrounds and I enjoyed watching the process. TFS.

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