Welcome to the Designs by Ryn blog! The monthly Customer Creation Challenge can be found above in the navigation menu as well as links to my Shop, Facebook Page and Pinterest. Along the right you will find my Design Team. I hope you enjoy your visit and leave with some inspiration.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Hello everyone,
Continuing the underwater theme of my last post I've made another card with similar techniques. In this one I discovered that Seahorse Set and Spiral Shell go together really well. When designing them I didn't intentionally match their linework. A nice surprise! The seahorse looks like it's trying to camouflage...
I'm learning that the initial stamp design is just the beginning. The designs can be taken from there in any direction. To work with that flexibility I am also learning to leave space within the design for other people's input. It has to be finished enough that it looks good without embellishment but it also needs space for other people to interpret the design into their own style and vision. It's a great design challenge. Almost like a collaboration on a final piece that I may never see. I guess that's why I like to see what people make so much :) Ok... On to my card...
The background was made with Dylusions Ink Sprays and then a stencil from iStencil. I rubbed Distress inks - Chipped Sapphire - through it and then highlighted some of the shapes with Stickles. It was my first time using the colour Black Diamond and it turned out to have a really nice subtle shimmer to it.
I stamped Spiral Shell is Versa Fine black ink. When dry, I painted inside of the image with water and then used a paper towel to lift off some of the background colour. The insides of the designs were highlighted with white gel pen to help pop them out from the background.
The seahorse (one of the pieces from Seahorse Set) was coloured with Tombow markers. I blended the colours with water and when dry I used the small tip to add little green dots along the middle segments and mouth. Final touches were done with a white gel pen.
I then cut it out, went around the edges with black marker and then placed it with adhesive foam.
It still seemed to need something so I made some "bubbles" with glossy accents coming out of the seahorse's mouth.
Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a great weekend :)


  1. A gorgeous scenery, love the colours and the stamps look great...and so does the card in total Ryn.
    Have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

  2. That seahorse is gorgeous, and such a lovely mix of vibrant colours for the background. I especially like that purply mauve behind the seahorse. The spiral shell works beautifully and such a nice idea to remove a bit of the colour. I also think that looking at it closely it looks rather like a wave which curls over as it reaches the shore. The glossy accent bubbles finish it perfectly. x

  3. Ohh this is lovely Ryn. I love seahorses and this is a really fab stamp...I shall put it on my wish list. I agree the spiral looks perfect with it. Your colours are gorgeous, great to see you making some scenes. Enjoy! x

  4. Hi Ryn, you've made some lovely artwork here! Beautiful vibrant colours and always love watercolor techniques. Your previous post with the Cardinal fish is also beautiful.
    Hugs Mirandax

  5. that is really inspiring, a real treasure of the deep - eek sound a tad pirate EE

  6. Hi Ryn, Your Seahorse and background are gorgeous. Love the colours and your special touches. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

  7. A GORGEOUS creation start to finish Ryn....love it

  8. That's beautiful Ryn. Fab background and great colouring of the seahorse.
    Beryl xx

  9. Fabulous card! The coloring and accenting of the seahorse is so beautiful

  10. Wowwww, das ist wieder wunderschön.

    LG Carola

  11. wow its beautiful, love the combination of the rich dark colors, the highlighted areas
    and the combination of stamps. Have a lovely weekend!
    groetjes Karin x


Thank you for visiting! I would love for you to leave me a comment :)