Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Card - Underwater scene

For our August challenge - Sun, sea and sand - I created a card with Tim Holtz Sea Life stamps.

Before creating the background I looked many underwater photos and I liked most where the sunbeams penetrated the water.  

My other inspiration was my earlier card with the Sea Life stamp set where I put a crown on the head of one of the fish.

Here, in this picture below, you can see how I created the background. I used DecoArt colours (Sea Aqua, Wedgewood Blue) and then Amsterdam white paint to make the sunrays. For this, I used Tim Holtz Rays layering stencil.

I cut out the seaweeds from green cardstocks, using Sizzix Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz: Garden Greens, Funky Florals 1. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

After glueing the seaweeds, I put Ranger Distress Grit-Paste to the bottom with a palette knife.

When the paste was dry, I coloured it with DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Buff Beige paint.

I inked the card edges with Vintage Photo.

I put a layer of Schmincke Fluid Medium. It gave a silky shine finish for the surface.

I stamped the fish (Sea Life) onto watercolour paper with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured with Distress markers. In the end, I put a layer of Schmincke Fluid Medium on the fish.

The text (Hashtags by Tim Holtz) was stamped with Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink.

And although I had lots of art pebbles, pearls, tiny shells... I decided to put only one mini pearl to only one corner because sometimes less is more!

If you have any project which fits our challenge, please don't hesitate to link it here!

With my card, I would like to join the:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Wild things



  1. Wie toll, liebe Monika!
    The background with the sunbeams looks fab! And I like your fishes. Great card!
    Have a wonderful August.
    Evelyn xx

  2. Fantabulous ! Love it ! Love how the sun penetrates the water!
    Corrie x

  3. What a great card Monika, cool fishes and a very clever background xx

  4. This is brilliant Monika, I love how you've made your background, and the fishes are just wonderful. Have a very happy August, Sue xx

  5. Love this piece those fish! Brilliant. Hugs rachel xx

  6. Fabulous - I love this Monika

  7. Beautifully made scene, Monika. The sand looks real, the rays of sun too and the fish have this funny expression, like they been caught by surprise...

  8. Fantastic card! you used one of my favorite Tim Holtz set! Gorgeous work, love colors! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says stamp Monday Challenge Blog! barbara

  9. Fabulous card! I love how you created the background with the sunbeams shining through the the water - amazing 😁. Have a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x


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