Hello stampin' friends! I was playing around with Brusho a few weeks ago and stamped this octopus but it didn't quite work on the project I was working on so I set it aside. When I was designing today's card, I pulled out this previously stamped piece and I thought it worked perfectly! My point is, save those bits and pieces that don't work on a card because you never know when those pieces might be just what you're looking for to complete a project!
The set I used to create this card is the very fun Sea of Textures bundle, found on page 155 of the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! catalog. Because I'm a texture junkie, this suite is high up on my favorites list because it has so many versatile pieces--stamps, framelits and some beautiful designer series paper--with gorgeous, gorgeous texture! I was keeping today's card pretty simple but you can see some other projects I've used this suite in by clicking on My Gallery and typing Sea of Textures into the search bar. (Actually, you can use this handy feature to search for any stamp set or particular technique you're looking for!)
To create the octopus, I had a piece of watercolor paper that I'd used gamboge (orange) and yellow Brusho crystals on. When it was dry, I stamped the ocotopus in Poppy Parade ink and cut him out with the Big Shot and coordinating framelit. I love the tiny pops of extra surprise colors from the Brusho (you'll be able to spot them easier in the close-up photo below).
The background images are stamped onto Soft Sea Foam using Soft Sea Form ink. The far background image is stamped off onto scratch paper before stamping it so that it's very light...I stamped the image several times going both horizontally and vertically. The sea plants are also stamped in Soft Sea Foam but not stamped off so they are a little darker over the background.
I laid the octopus over the background before actually attaching it and I felt like something was missing. Wink of Stella to the rescue! I don't know how many times a good splattering of Stella seems to finish a project for me. :) I also added a twist of linen thread behind the octopus and then adhered it to the background with a few mini dimensionals before adding the sentiment, stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock with Jet Black StazOn ink.
My first thought was to layer the Soft Sea Foam directly to the Crumb Cake card base but I felt it needed a layer to help it stand out. I thought about using a layer of Poppy Parade but it pulled my eye away from the octopus, which is the main focus on this card. I tried a couple other colors and finally settled on Soft Suede, which worked perfectly to create a separation without drawing attention.
Thanks for stopping by! Join me again tomorrow for another fun project!
Until next time...happy stampin'!