Today, I’m taking part in an exciting blog hop. Spellbinders have created an Exclusives Collection which is only available at select online, such as Simon Says Stamp, and local independent retailers. This exclusive collection is not available from Spellbinders online store. What a lovely way of Spellbinders supporting our stores! I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
For my card, I used the Happy Octopus, Layered Foliage dies, and Hello Expressions set along with my Platinum die cutting machine. I felt these dies were both fun and elegant at the same time. I tried a few ways of colouring the dies but found my favourite was with the smooth blending of Distress Oxide Inks. I used the following:
- Octopus – Tattered Rose, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
- Foliage 1 – Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple
- Foliage 2 – Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans
- Foliage 3 – Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover
For the Octopus, after die cutting, I kept the die in place and then rubbed Seedless Preserves through the holes in the die to add detail. After which, I added a few white gel pen dots.
For the background, I cut a slope from masking paper and then blended Antique Linen for the sand and Broken China for the sea on a piece of Bristol card. I spritzed with water and soaked up the colour for highlights and also splattered with a solution of Perfect Pearls for sparkle. I then added the die cuts with foam adhesive.
For the sentiment, I stamped ‘my friend’ from the Hello Expressions set in Versafine Onyx Black ink in the top right corner of the panel and combined it with a ‘hello’ die cut from more Bristol card and added with foam adhesive. I then foam mounted the panel to a white card base before adding wiggle eyes to the octopus and liberally added dots of Glossy Accents around.
Check out the Exclusives Collection from Spellbinders at Simon Says Stamp.
As mentioned above, today’s post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the new Exclusives Collection from Spellbinders. Hopefully, you’ve arrived here from the Yana’s Blog, but if not then the Spellbinders Blog is a good place to start.
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders are giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, July 15th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.
Also, I have a $25 Spellbinders gift certificate to give away. Leave a comment below by Sunday, July 15th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.
Now it’s time to hop along to …
You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.
Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Awesome blending and colors. Eye catching!
Love these colors! Beautiful Indie products.
Fun diecuts-love the colors!
Your gorgeous octopus really makes it so magical and storybook like! Great tutorial too! I;ve already looked and the nearest store is 2 hours away! A Road trip seems appropriate!
WOW!! Debby, this is fabulous. Love the design and the stunning effect with the inks and perfect pearls. LOVE this!!