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Friday, June 10, 2016

Underwater card from Bozena

Hello to all my friends!

Today I would like to introduce my next card made with some great stamps from Ryn Tanaka. I used a set of stamps from Sea Creatures 1 and one stamp from the unmounted sheet Water Effects 1. Here is a photo of all of the tools I used to create the card.
Water Effects 1 - Unmounted stamps  Sea Creatures 1 - Unmounted stamps 
Unfortunately, I do not have step by step photographs of how I made this. Below is a written description of my process.

First, I stamped a panel of watercolor paper (Spiral Shell, Rising Bubbles and Kelp from Sea Creatures 1). I then painted the shell and seaweed with Promarkers. The background and bubbles were painted with blue and gray watercolour crayons. 

The next step was to sharpen the contours. I outlined Kelp with brown Faber Castell pens and the shell using a black fineliner. I highlighted the Rising bubbles with a white marker to sharpen the effect. 

When the panel was dry I added the stencil pattern with chalk around the stamps. 

To finish it off I randomly sprinkled the card with Enameltz (Gold Digger and Molten Metal) and warmed from beneath the paper with an embossing heat gun. As a result, the powder melted in place and created beautiful pearl droplets. 

I framed the card by adhering it onto plum colored cardstock.

This was the first time that I've worked with chalk and I have to say that the effect is cool. It was a bit difficult to apply but it creates a very delicate pattern. I have been fascinated by "painting" with PanPastels for some time but they haven't been available here in Poland. When I found chalk I thought that it might give me a similar effect... Unfortunately, it is very different. The chalk is hard and difficult to transfer a lot of colour to the paper. I settled with a subtle effect in this piece and am happy with the result :)

You can protect the chalk from rubbing off of the surface by gently spraying it with hair spray. I spray firmly from a distance.

Another surprise was the embossing powders Enameltz. When I heated it the powder merged into lumps - like little droplets - giving an interesting effect. It was quite different from the traditional embossing powders that I've used. If you are not using Versamark ink to apply the embossing powder, than it is best to melt it from beneath. This keeps the embossing powder in place.
I love my stamps from Ryn. They provide great possibilities with only the imagination to limit us.I'm happy with how this card turned out and hope you like it as well!
Thank you for your visit and your time. Wishing you a nice day. See you again :-)


  1. Bozena has made a wonderful job of this Ryn and the colours are so delicate and pretty and the chalk used through the stencil is very pretty. x

  2. Wow, really a beautiful card Bozena ! Thank you for the explanation ! Greetings, Enny

  3. Beautifully done...love all the different areas of the card!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. Beautiful design, great combination of images and colours. x

  5. Beautiful! I love the varying depths you achieved with chalk, promarkers and Enameltz ( I have never seen this product before)


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