Under the Sea...

It's another exciting Wednesday, and I'm so happy you're here to share it with me!
Heartfelt Creations has released their new collection "Under the Sea" and it is divine!

Allow me to take you on a little journey where we will make magical underwater discoveries and leave our worries and stresses behind...

Take a walk along the edge of the deep blue sea, feel the warm sand between your toes and breathe in the salty air.  Balmy breezes tousle your hair and toy with the exotic hibiscus flower behind your ear as you stoop to snatch a lustrous seashell that has been swept onto the beach with the incoming tide. Cares and worries melt away because life really is better at the seaside.  The cool, crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline beckons you and you cannot resist the sudden urge to dive right in.  Before you know it you have been submerged into a magical underwater world where you find yourself settling on a jagged reef surrounded with burnished coral, glassy seashells and mystical sea creatures more beautiful than your imagination could ever conjure.  A peek behind the coral and waltzing seaweed finds you nose to nose with a school of fish gliding every so gently with their long, graceful flowing tails and glistening scales decorated with an abundance of shimmering and alluring colors.  Delicate sea horses and magnificent jelly fish dart and flit among the dancing aquatic plant life as to entertain you with a glorious underwater show being performed just for you.  Welcome to “Under the Sea”, the newest collection by Heartfelt Creations.  This water themed assembling of magnificent papers, stamps and dies will have you creating ravishing underwater scenes perfect for documenting your seaside vacations, ocean themed altered art pieces or salt water card creations.   The tranquil color palette of calming blues, greens and teals, paired with golden yellows, subtle shades of pinks, purples, corals and reds are sure to soothe your soul.  Creating projects with a tropical flair that will “make a splash” has been made simple with decorative papers boasting mesmerizing patterns of sea shells, florals, delicate swirls and alluring hibiscus blossoms.  The intricate, detailed stamp illustrations of underwater sea creatures, glistening seashells, and exotic hibiscus flowers are sublime for shaping and creating dimensional elements adding a realistic touch to any underwater themed paper craft design.  We invite you to take the plunge and come along with us on an underwater adventure as we explore Under the Sea!

Let's start off with a peek at my project boasting this new underwater adventure...I do wish the lighting had been better when taking this picture because the colors are much more vibrant and than they appear here...

The beautiful images in this collection really did make it hard to know where to start this time!  I opted to use the large seashell which can be shaped so exquisitely.  Paired with the gracefully flowering seaweed and divine sea horse I knew that I wanted to create somewhat of an underwater scene.  I chose one of the square premade card panels and decided to layer from there.  I found a smaller preprinted card panel that I thought would make a beautiful backdrop to the dimensional images I had chosen to work with.  I decided to use the Thank You sentiment stamp from the collection, and also added some dew drops to the side of the card to mimic air bubbles within the water.  

I've added some beautiful hibiscus flowers with some fun multicolored prills in the centers, and I think they add such a romantic and dreamy touch.  All of the stamped images have been colored using my Spectrum Noir markers...funny that I've used those because when I teach classes and people ask me if I usually color using markers, my answer is always no...but for this collection the colors seemed right being a tad bolder.  

Also, as you can see I've added tons of sparkle to this card.  There's something magical about pictures from Under the Sea don't you think...and I wanted this card to feel magical as well.  

Well, that's all for me today!  I hope you have enjoyed a little break in you day while you were here, and I hope you will stop by again!  To continue on your underwater adventures, be sure to swim on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog where there are many more dynamic designs for you to take in!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
 HCDP1-266 Under the Sea Paper Collection
HCPC-3736 Tropical Hibiscus Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3737 Under the Sea Coral Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3738 Coral Reef Collage Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3740 Heartfelt Wishes Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3739 Under the Sea Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-796 Tropical Hibiscus Die
HCD1-797 Under the Sea Coral Die
HCD1-798 Coral Reef Collage Die
HCD1-799 Under the Sea Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP400 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rose Bud
311070 Water Dew Drops
159723 Art Institute Glue – Dries Clear
352854 Metal Glue Tip – Art Institute
ANC851 Rock N' Roll Prills
196 Lions Mane Glitter

Other Products Used: BigShot manual die cutting machine, VersaFine Black Ink, Stickles - Diamond, Spectrum Noir Markers - CR1, CR2 CR4, CR5, CR6, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN6, DG1, DG2, BT5, GB7, pop dots, white card stock, water, spritz bottle, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, MISTI stamping tool

Begin by creating a 6"x6" card base from white card stock.  Locate the same sized background panel as shown on card.  Ink all edges with a bright colored pink ink.  Adhere to card base using pop dots.  Next locate the smaller premade card panel as shown.  Ink all edges with pink ink once again and using pop dots adhere to card front.  Locate the small  paper image where sentiment will be stamped.  Ink all edges with a pink ink and stamp sentiment and set aside to dry.  Cut a light colored piece of patterned paper just slightly larger and mat behind sentiment.  Ink all edges of sentiment mat.  Adhere sentiment to card using pop dots.  Stamp one image of the sea horse, floating hibiscus, large shell and also one stamping of the hibiscus flower cling stamp set onto white card stock using black ink.  Color using alcohol markers, and cut using coordinating craft dies.  Ink edges on all embellishment pieces with a light brown ink.   Next, using your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and a spritz of water, shape the shell and floating hibiscus flowers.  Slide the floral die cut through the shell slightly to bring some of the cut out image  in front of the shell.  Using pop dots adere to card front.  Next adhere sea horse to card as shown using pop dots.  Using your Deluxe Flower Shaping tool and a spritz of water, shape flowers.  Adhere mid and small sized flowers to card as shown.   Add dew drops to side of card where sentiment sits, starting from the bottom working up to the top to simulate bubbles.  Apply glitter to shell, flowers, and sea horse.  Lastly apply prills to flower centers and dots of Stickles randomly to background.    

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