Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Blue, Bubbles and Shells - Claritystamp

Hi All

Another post on a new card?! I'm just trying to make up for the 3 weeks I didn't post anything as we were busy with orders, our other blog and classes.

Anyways, hope you're week is going well so far and here is the card I am sharing using Seashell Claritystamp.

Blue Centura Pearl 17.4cm x 17.4cm
Silver Centura Pearl 13.5cm x 13.5 cm
Watercolour Paper 12.9cm x 12.9 cm
Blue Centura Pearl 7cm x 7cm

For the outer frame, I randomly stamped the image using Perfect Medium pad then applied Mica Powders after.

I used the Clarity stencil brush to apply distress inks through the border of Circles Box Frame stencil on the watercolour paper. Once I was happy with the colours, I took off the stencil and spritz a little water and smudge the colours onto the white areas of the paper to soften the outlines of the 'bubbles'. 

To add highlights on the bubbles, I used Craft Stampin' pigment pad, Silver and White acrylic paints with daubers and paintbrush.

I was left with a stark white middle which I didn't like and continued to use distress inks, mica powders and glitter.

I wasn't happy with the result as it blended too much with the border so I used silver Sharpie pen and grey pigment pen to outline the inner frame. I was still undecided with the outcome so I decided to change it by using the blue centura pearl paper.

I stamped the Shell image with Archival Ink, traced inside the image with Versamarker (trying not to go over the shell outlines), before applying Mica Powders again. To finish off the card, I used foam pads to raise each layer and added the four gems.

I am entering this card to the following challenges:
Clarity stamp Challenge Blog - 28 Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - No Designer Paper
Sister Act Card Challenge - 115 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - 69 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges - 271 Anything Goes

Thank you for looking. Until next time, happy crafting.



  1. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Sister Act, good luck!!! Amy DT

  2. I love the design of this card. Thank you for entering the challenge and the best of luck. Xx

  3. Very lovely, great design and beautiful mix of blues. Thanks for entering the Clarity Challenge and good luck.

  4. A great design and interesting reading how it developed as you went along. Good luck in the Claritystamp challenge x

  5. Well what can I say fantastic work colours go well together love the stencil you chosen to do this design good luck in the clarity challenge x

  6. Beautiful card, such fabulous stamping! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  7. What a beautiful design. Everything gels so beautifullly.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  8. Really stunning! I love the design choices, they work so well together and created such a serene water feel! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our 'Water' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  9. A beautiful card Jay, thank you for sharing how you came to the final composition. Thank you for entering this month's Clarit challenge. Good luck! x

  10. A great card - thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Helen x

  11. Simply gorgeous!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin’ "No DP" Challenge!

  12. Beautiful card I love the bubble background. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More.


  13. very classy, thanks for joining Craft Your Passion challenge this week, good luck and hope to see you again! :)

    Kasia, Craft Your Passion DT

  14. Gorgeous card and such a great take on our 'Blue' challenge. Love it and the way you have used the same stamp in two different ways. So creative!
    Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hoping to see you with us again in August! ♥

  15. Loving the blues Jay. A very lovely card. Good luck in the Clarity Challenge. X

  16. Love the underwater theme and deep blues you've used. What a great composition. Wishing you luck in this month's challenge x