Friday, July 28, 2017

Salty Sea Scene Tutorial

Hi folks! It's Bibi here today with a salty card tutorial. The stamps I have used are on sale right now - till 30th of July. 

For my card I let one of the new whale stamps play in the water, which I made with Distress Oxide inks
- but I'm sure you can get a similar result with any kind of water based inks (aka dye ink).

Step by step:

I smeared two colours of Distress Oxide (salty ocean, peacock feathers) on a plastic page cover
and sprayed the stripes with a bit of water:

To get the water in the middle of the card, I folded the cardstock like this
... and dipped it into the ink. 
(My keyboard in the background is not dirty, it's colourful! It's a result of using ink sprays in front of it ...)

Keep doing this and heat dry between several "dips of ink"
till you're happy with the result.

I stamped half of the whale by placing her on the side of the acrylic block
and added ink on the part I wanted to stamp:

After stamping the whale into the water, I coloured her in using markers.
I doodled some splashes of water around the whale's body and coloured them with a white pen.
I also added some white spots here and there to give more life to the water:

Time to make the sandy bottom of the sea:

I made a mask by tearing up a piece of paper,
used a foam sponge to add ink (Oxide wild honey), and sprayed it with water:

I stamped the anchor from Retro Beach so that it appears to be buried in the sand,
coloured it in, and drew the shadow with a light grey marker:

The green seaweed above is a stamp from Whale Wishes.
I also wanted some die cut seaweed on top for a bit of dimension.
I don't have any seaweed dies so I used pieces from a tree die instead.
Close enough, isn't it?

The shell behind the seaweed was stamped with brown waterproof ink, 
coloured in with markers.

I mounted my card on a sea green panel
distressed the edges with a knife
and dipped them in white acrylic paint like this:

Here is my card again,
with sentiments from Whale Whishes (blubb-blubb) 
and Retro Beach (salt sea summer fun):

I kept looking at my finished card, feeling it was lacking something ....
and then I remembered my bubble background Dinky stencil from That's Crafty!
I think these blue bubbles ties the card together:

I wish you all a lovely summer!
I have not been to the beach yet, but before long I will be playing in the sea 
- like a whale :-)

Big hugs,

The stamps I have used are from these two sets:

These stamps - and more - are on salebut only for two more days!

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. What a wonderful card my dear! Nice to see your work on the blog :-). Thank you for the tutorial. It's a great idea to use the tree die as seaweed. HUGS!

  2. How cool is that! Is the whale diving or hiding? :-) I love your card and your tutorial. Thank you for sharing!
    Jump in the sea and swim with the whales :-)
    Big hug, Anita ♥

  3. Such a fun card with great techniques. Thank you for the step by step and loving the seaweed ! x

  4. Fantastic card Bibi and I really enjoyed delving into the mind of a creative genius too ;)
    Donna xx

  5. Very creative Bibi! A great scene.

  6. Wow! Fab tute! I've not had the desire to purchase Distress Oxide inks but these are going on my shopping list! I cannot wait to try something like this!

  7. Gorgeous Bibi. Thanks for the great tips. Love it. Hugz

  8. Bibi! Thanks so much for sharing how you created this card- it is so cool!!

  9. Sorry I'm so late! This is a stunning piece Bibi, what a master stamper you are! I love how you created the sea, it's so effective, and makes the whole thing seem so real. Fabulous hugs xxx

  10. A super card and technique!!! Fantastic tutorial, I will try all this, thank you Bibi!!!!
    Hugs and happy crafting to you if you have time :)
    Coco xxx

  11. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! ♥


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