When I order a brand new product from a Stampin’ Up! Catalog, it’s frequently because of how it’s displayed in the catalog. When it came to the brand new stamp set, Seascape, what first caught my eye was the card below. It’s on page 12 of the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. What I loved most about it was the sense of depth and movement about everything in the card.
Once I got the stamp set – as well as the Layering Diorama Dies that the design called for – I started thinking about how I could make this card my own while still keeping many of its features. This is called, “CASEing.” I’ve mentioned this before – Copy And Share, with different versions of what the ‘E’ stands for.
There were three things that I chose to change to make this my card. The first was to change the color of the card base. In the sample, all of the layers were Balmy Glue. To get those different blues and the sense of depth, I was going to have to sponge color on the 2nd and 3rd layers of the card front. Instead, I chose to use (from front to back) Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay cardstock. Then I changed the color of the coral to Calypso Coral. Keeping with the Calypso Coral theme, I chose to use Calypso Coral Ink to stamp both of the large fish. Finally, I chose a sentiment from another stamp set for my sentiment.
Constructing the Card
Here are the steps I took to make this card.
The Card Base
1. Make a card base using Bermuda Bay Cardstock, folded at the top (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, folded in half).
2. Stamp the coral image using VersaMark onto the bottom of the front of the card base and emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
3. Stamp the group of 3 small fish three times over towards the left of the card front. Set the card front aside.
4. Cut a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock using the 4d largest of the dies in the Layering Diorama Die set.
5. Cut a 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” piece of Pool Party Cardstock using the 3rd largest of the dies in the Diorama Die set.
6. Using VersaMark, stamp the 3 small fish stamp onto the Pool Party layer towards the top at the left and right edges.
7. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere the Pool Party layer onto the Coastal Cabana Layer.
8. Using Black Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the two glued-together layers onto the card base.
Decorating the Card Front
1. Die cut the two small fish with a die from the Sealife Dies (they’re both part of one die) using Daffodil Delight Cardstock. Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere the right-facing fish just shy of halfway down the left edge.
2. Die cut the coral using Calypso Coral Cardstock. Using a combination of Mini Glue Dots and Small Black Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere it in to lower left quadrant of the card front about 3/4″ up from the bottom.
3. Using Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad, stamp two of the large fish onto Basic White Card Cardstock. Cut out the fish using Paper Snips. Adhere them near the right edge of the diorama layers using Black Stampin’ Dimensionals. Brighten them up with Rhinestone Basic Jewels for their eyes.
4. Using VersaMark, stamp a sentiment of your choice onto Crumb Cake Cardstock. Emboss it using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Trim the cardstock into a rectangle.
5. Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere two 1” long pieces of 1-1/2” Metallic Mesh Ribbon to the back of the sentiment layer.
6. Adhere the sentiment layer over the die-cut coral using Black Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finishing It Up
As the card base is dark cardstock, adhere a 5-1/4” x 4” piece of Basic White Cardstock to the inside of the card. I decorated mine by stamping a row of the 3 small fish stamp using Calypso Coral ink.
That’s how I made mine. Maybe you’d like to make some changes of your own! If you do and you’d like to share it with me, I’d love to see it.