My Gratitude

is as boundless as the sea


6/3/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face:5 x 3.75

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I secured Bubbly Waves to the card face with Mint Tape, grabbed a blending brush and began applying a turquoise ink, allowing it to build up more towards the bottom, and get a little lighter towards the top.

  • Without removing that stencil, I secured another directly on top. This one was a retired stencil from Stampin' Up! that creates the look of seaweed hanging down from the surface of the water.

  • I removed both stencils, put the card face into my stamp positioner, and added the two fish with black pigment ink (The positioner ensures that the placement is correct, and that I get good coverage with the ink.) I removed the card face, quickly applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. This treatment of the fish made them stand out even more against the bright blue background.


I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink and again used clear embossing powder , heat setting to ensure enough presence on the card.


  • I glued the card face to the card base.

  • The addition of dimensional foam tape on the back of the sentiment meant that it had a bit of added pop on the card.

  • I added a few clear beads to represent bubbles in the water.

Final thoughts:

I love the combination of that stencil with the little fishes.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


Bubbly Waves, A Colorful Life Designs

Seaweed: Stampin' Up, (retired)

Stamps: Oh Bite Me, A Colorful Life Designs

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape:


Dye Based: Stampin' Up!

Black Pigment: Obsidian, Altenew

the black pigment ink I use is no longer available, but this will perform in a similar manner

Clear Embossing Powder: Wow - Simon Says Stamp

Stamp Positioner: Misti,

I use a product that has recently retired, however the Misti is similar.

Foam Tape: Dollarama

Clear Beads: Irridescent Bubbles, Studio Katia

Adhesive: Tombo, Aqua Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent, 80 lb., Amazon

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