Wetlands Sandpipers Ocean Scene

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Hi Stamping Friends!

I completely adore the new Wetlands stamp set, and when I saw today's card design on Pinterest, I knew I had to duplicate it! 

Wetlands ocean - two cool

I used simple masking and sponging techniques to create the beautiful ocean scene on these two cool cards.

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CASEd from Ingrid Blackburn at The Creative Grove.

I created the scene on a piece of 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White, then adhered it to a Soft Sky card base. 

Wetlands ocean - sponging 1Masked Ocean Scene Step-By-Step

It's really not as hard as it looks, you just need to apply the colors
and images in a certain order for best results for the blended colors
(and for not smearing inks).  Here is the order I applied the colors and

  • Tear an edge off of a piece of copy paper that's long enough to cover your card stock.
  • Lay your torn edge across the top of the card stock to create a mask, then sponge on Island Indigo ink along the edge.  TIP: You could use a brayer here, but I found I had more control with a sponge.
  • Sponge on Soft Sky ink to soften the Island Indigo color and blend it toward the center of the card stock panel.
  • Tear another side of the copy paper to create a mask along the bottom, leaving ample room for a sentiment.
  • Lightly sponge along the bottom mask with Sahara Sand.  Blend toward the Soft Sky ink.
  • Using a straight edge of the copy paper, sponge an Island Indigo horizon line higher than the Sahara Sand color. 

Wetlands ocean - sponging 2

  • Replace the bottom mask and stamp the reed images in Wild Wasabi to create a focal frame.
  • Stamp the sandpipers along the water's edge in Early Espresso.

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  • Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso.

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I love the serene look of this ocean scene. It makes a great card for masculine birthdays, thinking of you, as well as sympathy cards.  So pretty!

Sponging TIP: When sponging, you're bound to get ink on your fingers, so be careful not to transfer fingerprints of ink onto your scene.  Clean off your fingers with a baby wipe before going to the next step.  Ask me how I know…

Optional: You could add White Gel Pen marks in the ocean to indicate waves, or even add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the birds' reflections for interest.  I decided to keep mine simple instead.

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