ID: VSN December 2010 - Scene - Sealife Friends card
closed 5"w
 x 5.25"h (fits in standard 5 x 7 envelope)

Created: December 12, 2010
Modified: Jan 26, 2011
This is another submission for the Vamp Stamp Magazine for the February 2011 issue with the theme of "Create a Scene".  It didn't make it into the magazine - sigh!!

I love the sea fan leaves in the background. That was a first time experiment that worked.

It's also an odd shaped step easel card. It's basically a combination of card styles, that I thought would work together well, and I was right...

I stamped the foreground of the step cardstock with beach sand (Starving Artistamp) and sea bottom flora (Onyx Xpressions) and clear embossed them, then painted over it with Ceramcoat Delta acrylic paint in a flesh tone and then streaked it with a deeper mocha, aloowed it to dry a bit then wiped off the paint from the embossed areas.

On the rest of the step part cardstock, work direct to paper with Distress Broken China all over, some Stormy Sky and swipe across a couple times with Dusty Concord and Pine Needles. Mist with water and dry.

Stamp the first three lines of the quote (Quietfire Design "When Friends meet...") with Versafine Black Onyx using the stamp positioner or the tracing paper method and stamping to the extreme right of the card. Stamp the bottom two lines. This removed a heart that was in the center. Stamp the Flourishing Heart on some scrap cardstock with the Worn Lipstick, clear emboss and cut out leaving a small white border all around. Adhere to card next to quote.

On the main easel part of card, stamp & paint the foreground with the same as above, then make a small fold that will be the stopper for the easel/step part of the card and continue folding to create the back and easel part the step portion will be attached to.


Stamp the Seahorse on white cardstock with Perfect Medium and clear emboss. Apply Distress pads direct to paper, Spun Sugar, then some Dusty Concord. Dry and with damp cloth remove paint from embossed areas. The reverse seahorse was stamped on to a plain piece of rubber, then onto the white cardstock. Continue as above, but instead of the Dusty Concord, use the Pine needles to give a bit of variance. Add a gel dot eye to each seahorse.

The mermaid and large snail were stamped with the black and colored with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. When dry, some Quickie Glue was applied to the tail and fin area of the mermaid and sprinkled with the Ritz Micro Fine Glitter Cool Highlights. Let dry.


Stamp the Large & Small SeaFans on Graffix clear craft plastic with Perfect Medium and emboss with the gold. Careful - start heating from a distance, until you see the embossing powder start to react, then move closer. Cut out around the seafans with sharp scissors. On the large seafan, apply spots of Pearl dabber on the backside, leaving clear areas. While wet, apply some of the copper, mingling the two colors, and leaving lots of clear areas. On the small seafan use the copper only and make it more opaque, but still leave some open areas. Let dry.

Assemble elements on the various steps of the card. Attach a small piece of elastic to the back at the right hand corner with some double sided tape and then a piece of scotch tape over it, burnishing it well. This will keep the card closed and hides in back of card when open.

card closed

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