Seahorse Stamp | Create Your Calm

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog today! Ali is here with a gorgeous grungy card featuring our awesome seahorse stamp and create calm sentiment today…

I have used the fabulous seahorse stamp from the CREATE YOUR CALM set and the new GRUNGE TONES background stamps on this card. Ink swooshing and colouring in = a very happy and mindful afternoon 😊

Create an inky background using Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide and Distress ink and spritzed water.Tim Holtz has some great videos on YouTube on how to get this effect and it is a lot of fun to do.

Wipe over your card with an anti static bag.

Stamp the open circles in different places over your card using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Stamp the linear dotted stamp around the edges of your card with Black Soot Distress ink, keeping keeping the alignment as you go around the card.

Stamp the seahorse using versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Faux bleach the embossed circles using a paint brush to add water to the circle, leave for a few seconds and pick up the water with a paper towel.

Stamp the ‘Create Your Own Calm’ sentiment using Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin Distress oxides with pink ink at the top and the orange ink at the bottom of the words. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Stamp a second seahorse onto white card using black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Colour with yellow and pink watercolour pens, I used Zig clean color pens, blend the colours with a damp paintbrush.

Colour a little outside the edges of the image and then cut it out.

Apply Chipped Sapphire Distress ink around the edges of your card using a blending tool, and then again with Black Soot Distress ink.

Then tear around the edges of your card, tear towards you so that the white core is exposed.

Draw a shadow line around the outside of your white sea horse with a grey alcohol marker

Colour the faux bleached circles with red and yellow watercolour pens and when dry, add a crescent shape to each one with a Sakura clear star or glitter gel pen.

Mount your inked card to a black card matt sized 5 1/4″ x 7″ and then onto an A5 white card blank using pva or double sided tape.

Fix your coloured seahorse over the white one using 3d glue gel or foam pads.

Apply glossy accents to the seahorse’s eye, the coloured bubbles on your background and the bubbles on the sentiments.

When the accents are completely dry, colour the sentiment bubbles with a green alcohol pen and attach them to the bottom of your card using 3d glue gel or foam pads.

Your finished card will look a bit like this 😎

seahorse stamp | grungy card

  • Visible Image Stamps – Create Your Calm & Grunge Tones
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin & Picked Raspberry
  • Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot
  • Grey and Green alcohol markers
  • Glossy Accents
  • Anti Static pad
  • Versamark and Black Versafine ink pads
  • Clear and White embossing powders
  • Paint brush & water spritzer
  • Sakura Clear Star or glitter gel pen
  • Heat gun
  • White stamping card (300gsm)
  • Black card for matting & layering
  • A5 white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3d glue gel or foam pads

  • seahorse stamp | clear " rubber | grungy | create your own calm

    grunge tones | background stamps | circles | two tone

    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by 💖

    Ali xxx

    What an awesome card! We adore your background and the torn edges Ali! Our seahorse stamp looks amazing! Thank you for your fantastic tutorial too 


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    Design Team Intro | Sharon Traynor

    Hello and Happy Friday to you! We have more DT introductions and wonderful inspiration for you here on the blog today! We are so happy that another of our existing designers is staying…

    Sharon Traynor

    Sharon is on our BLOGGING TEAM!

    Many of you will already know Sharon who has been with us for almost 5 years now! We adore Sharon’s amazing clean and simple cards which never fail to wow us!

    My ‘happy place’ is when I’m surrounded by inks and stamps. I discovered my passion for card making in 2008. I love CAS designs but sometimes feel the urge to get grungy and inky too!

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    Hello there!

    Do you find that you always need a few cards in your stash that are just ready to go? Ones that will work for all sexes and be appropriate from youngsters through teens right up to those of us who are much older?  Ah, go on…..I bet we all have those occasions when a birthday date sneaks up on us without us realising. Those pesky birthdays have a habit of doing that 😉

    Well, one of the tricks that I use to create those cards is to take a background stamp or two and a sentiment and creat something clean, simple and repeatable. So, when the Grunge Tones and Lost For Words stamp sets from Visible Image landed on my doormat I (squeeled) knew they would become a perfect staple for those cover all occasion cards.

    As these are super CAS cards I have a brief walkthrough plus a trick to make half of your sentiment sparkly, as you’ll see in the photo above.

    First, taking the larger dotty stamp, place it in a stamping platform with a piece of white card. Normally I use post-it notes to do any masking but mine had run away on the day I made this one. So, instead, I carefully masked off the stamp with a piece of card (which will be used to create another background – waste not , want not!) and gradually stamped in a rainbow of distress oxides. Leave it to dry completely because we are going to emboss on top of it.

    Next, take your card blank and protect it by inserting a sheet of scrap paper in the middle, and using the same inks with the smaller dotty stamp, create a border.

    It doesn’t matter if you leave spaces on the border or stamp without spaces because both options look good. This is what you are trying to achieve:

    Now that the smaller mat with the large dots on it is dry, we’re going to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. Once again we need to add the stamp and the mat to a stamping platform because we will be stamping and heat embossing twice. For the first emboss I stamped in black Versafine ink and also used a black embossing powder. Once that had cooled I replaced the card into the stamping platform and inked up only the larger word with some clear embossing ink, then I added a clear sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed again. Simple, but effective.

    All that remains is to back the central panel with some coordinating card stock and add it to the card blank with fun foam, although you could always omit the fun foam if you want to cut down on postage.

    handmade birthday card  sentiment stamps | background | dots | rainbow inks

    handmade birthday card  sentiment stamps | background | rainbow inks | grunge tones


    White Card
    Distress Oxide inks: candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, salty ocean, wilted violet
    Versafine onyx black ink
    Versamark clear ink
    WOW! Primary ebony embossing powder
    WOW! clear sparkle embossing glitter
    Fun foam


    grunge tones | background stamps | dots | circles

    card making sentiment stamps | miss your face | congrats | birthday

    That’s it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again here soon.

    Sharon xx

    Wowza! These cards are so awesome! The grunge tones stamps look brilliant in the vibrant rainbow tones! So striking any would be loved by any recipient. Thank you Sharon ♡


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