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Saturday, 23 March 2013

One of Life's Treasures

Hello Blog Friends

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  We are still experiencing bitter winds and snow so I have been playing in my craft room.  Among other things, I have made a card for a member of the family who is very much into protecting the environment, as am I and we both have a special interest in what is happening to our oceans, seas and waterways so I think this card really suits that interest.

The stamp is from the Chocolate Baroque Underwater plate.


The images are stamped in Ranger Archival ink in Black and then coloured with Distress Stains applied with a water brush direct from my craft mat.  The seahorse has been stamped twice, with the second coloured image decoupaged over the top.  The grasses and shells on the sea floor were coloured in Distress Stains.

The background was created by swooshing Distress Stains on my craft mat, using Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint and Picket Fence.  The seahorse image was masked off with a piece of Judikins masking roll (which I cut out  in the shape of the seahorse).  The top half of the paper was then dragged through the mix of stains and then dried with my heat tool.  To colour in the bottom half, where the stamped sea floor is, I took a make up sponge, picked up the same colours from my craft sheet and dabbed all over to give the impression of movement and bubbles in the water.

To make the sea floor look a bit more interesting I used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste through a stencil, on a separate piece of white card, tapped on some Perfect Pearls in blue, green and gold and then heated them up with my heat tool to form the bubbles (I love this technique).  I cut it into two and added these to the bottom in two separate layers to give some dimension.



I finished off by stamping the plain white base card (8" x 8") in the corners, using Memento London Fog to mirror the image.  I added some computer generated words which is meant to have a double meaning.

Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show, the challenge is to use water in some way and I think I have used enough water, together with a water scene, to qualify!   One lucky winner will win a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says and three other are chosen as the Top 3 by the Design Team.

Thanks for looking and I hope you will leave me a message if you do visit.  Hugs, Anne xx

39 comments:

  1. Hi Anne,
    I totally love your piece today. On my desk is a project to do also about the ocean and turtles in particular. Sadly we don't see extinction sometimes until it is too late!
    I have been playing with that bublly technique but in a slightly different way.
    Don't you love we are half a world away and yet crafty exploration is serendipitous!
    Your seahorse is spectacular.

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  2. What a fabulous stamp Anne! We seem to be losing so much from our wonderful planet, we must fight to protect what we can I so agree with you. This weather is mad! Keep lovely and warm and enjoy your crafting I shall join you tomorrow! X

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  3. Hi Anne, this is just up my street cute little seahorse. I like the way you have used the london fog to extend the main picture onto the card. Lovely mix of depth and texture. This seahorse would look good in a frame like your fish in your earlier post too. They would make a lovely matching pair of frames on a bathroom wall. See you tomorrow. Hugs Mo x

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  4. Love this card Anne, fab inking and that sea floor is brilliant. xx Flora

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  5. So wonderful Anne! I love the way you echoed the side panels. You seahorse looks so cool with brilliant masking. The water background brilliantly realistic with terrific stamped corals etc. You are really rockin this bubbling technique - it looks fabulous again and I love the colours. Still havn't tried it out but I'll get there. No snow in this part but we have had an almighty amount of rainfall! Stay warm and dust free! Nicola x

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  6. Your seahorse is a beauty Anne and your masking is perfection. I just love how your sea floor turned out - so clever and with the right amount of sheen. Hope you are warm and well.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  7. oh wow wow wow Anne!!! this is totally stunning i love everything about it..your so clever its great! huggles hun Sue J xxx

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  8. Oh my goodness Anne, this is truly magical. I love the seahorse, the wonderful way you have coloured the background and the texture on the sea bed looks amazing. Such a beautiful sentiment too.
    Take care in the snow
    Hugs Sue xx

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  9. Evening Anne, this is stunning. The image and scene you have created are beautiful and I really love the sea floor, it looks so realistic.. fabulous! Carole Z xx

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  10. Gorgeous Anne, Perfect images of sea creatures. Love all the textures too. Fingers crossed for to-morrow. Hugs Rita xx

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  11. What a gorgeous seascape you have created for that wonderful seahorse image! Love that background and certainly a great water piece! It is really nice hear today, but I know in a short time the allergies will remind me of that! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. Just gorgeous,love the cute image and fabulous layout.xxx

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  13. Oh this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! I have been wanting to try perfect pearls and this sounds like a wonderful technique - I will be putting that in my ideas stash! I love the layered effect and your distress ink painting is always amazing! Lots of love from Laura xxxxxx

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  14. Anne...thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog about my grandson's little work of art! You are SOOO right...grandchildren ARE treasures! I really love your card you created for your environmental friend. It is really beautifully done and perfect for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I love the seahorse and the other stamps. That ocean floor is amazing and I really have to try that technique! Love the results! Hugs, Candy

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  15. Seriously? Lord, Annie, this is extraordinary! I love seahorses anyway, but your treatment is fab and that ocean floor is BEYOND amazing!

    I heard the most distressing snippet on the news and haven't had a chance to check the truth, but they said that those little adorable sea otters are nearing extinction! Horrors! I hope it's wrong.

    And I hope, nay pray, that you have sun and warmth and calm soon!! xxoo Darnell

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous Anne, the background is perfect for that beautifully painted seahorse and the sea bed adds amazing dimension to this stunning card.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  17. Well Anne this is certainly a treasure piece! The stamping colouring is fabulous but the ocean floor is just FABULOUS x a real keepsake for your friend x

    Thanks for sharing and info regarding this wonderful technique x

    Crafty hugs Annie x

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  18. How absolutely beautiful and enchanting, Anne. The colors are lovely, love the decoupaging and how you created the sea floor. Awesome. Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  19. Amazing card Anne, and amazing techniques! TFS Cathy x

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  20. just loving this the texture you created looks perfect for this lovely image
    hugs

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  21. this is beautiful work Anne - that backgound looks amazing and the seahorse is just stunning - love the seabed too - so much texture! Hope you keep wrapped up today too! Big Hugs Rachel xx

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  22. This is so clever - really love it.

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  23. Just beautiful, Anne. The background does have so much movement and the colours are lovely. The stamping at the bottom is very cool...love the variation in height you achieved. The sandy bottom looks amazing with the bubbles and sheen, such fun texture. And that gorgeous layered seahorse makes me sigh! I so enjoy your art.

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  24. Hello busy lady there's no stopping you is there. Wonderful Xx

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  25. This is wonderful, Anne - LOVE your watery scene! The seahorse is adorable, and beautifully coloured, and those golden treasures on your seabed are just gorgeous; love the two layers to create the undulating sands. Also love how the coloured panel sits on the subtle b&w echoing background.
    Alison x

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  26. Hi Anne, lovely card, the sea horse is ver eye catching as us your scene. The embossing paste is perfect and I live how you heated it to make it bubble adding wonderful texture and dimension. Love the sentiment too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simin Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  27. Just brilliant. I love all things to do with the ocean and adore what you have done with this card.

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  28. This is very beautiful Anne. The sea floor is so very pretty & shimmery. Thank you for the detailed description of ho you did it all.
    Hope you're enjoying a peaceful Sunday :0) Mo xx

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  29. Wonderful use of the embossing paste. I had to lol as there is such childlike fun in using a heat gun to make paint/paste bubble up! It is something I never tire of seeing, I know, I really do need to get out more lol.
    Fabulous watery feel to this.
    Wishes
    Lynne
    P.S. Keep cosy!

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  30. Anne this is gorgeous - Love the shells and the ocean environment - your sea horse is gorgeous!!!!! Great job Sugar.

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  31. WOW!!! Your ocean scene is fantastic! The shells are amazing...oh the texture! The seahorse and all it's glory is wonderful...fab coloration! Love the water coloring with swirls and all. Beautiful work! Thanks for playing in our watered down challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  32. Lovely weekend - HA! All I am doing is cleaning up Goat Poop and we get 15 to 20 chicks this Wednesday!!
    I love your card today - just as much as the first time I saw it you talented lady!!
    Sandy

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  33. What a wonderful card. Wonderful to raise awareness of what we do to our oceans and waterways and wonderful in the artisit aspect of sharing this info.

    Your seahorse is gorgeous and the sea bed is so inventive and just so you. I smiled when i read you heated it till bubbling...brilliant thinking there!

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  34. Anne, I love this card. It's absolutely beautiful. The bubbles are awesome.... what a great idea! (one I need to play with). Great seahorse and fabulous masking and colours. Stay warm and I hope your weather is turning into something more springlike. Have a fantastic week, cheers, Di

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  35. Love the details and how you did the bubbles. Really nice card, I love it!
    We are pounded with snow too but before it thaws another small on is coming to our State, Enough right!
    Hugs Kelly

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  36. I've been having a good look at your creations Anne - you make beautiful cards and other, I don't want to call it 'stuff' cos it's so stunning! Karen x

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  37. Oh Anne I adore your seafloor! Gotta give that a go. That seahorse is divine too - bet it will be wholeheartedly appreciated. Hugs, Jenny x

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  38. Beautifully done, Anne! Your sea floor is full of treasure and I love how you colored the seahorse. Really nice placement of the sentiment, too!

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  39. Abslutely a play of Art,,,, my friend,,,love everything here.........,applausses.

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