Apr 8, 2012

My Underwater Garden

"I like to be...Under the sea 
In an octopus' garden...In the shade."
(Beatles)

I live by the sea, I see it everyday from my window at work, my kids snorkel and play in it all year round, I row on it in a whaleboat twice a week....it is part of me.  
I love the sea!
So I couldn't wait for this fortnights NAUTICAL theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!!!

This is my new most favourite card!  The colours are incredible and I hope it shows through ok.
For those of you who have been following Tim's classes lately, this card is created using the 
 "Perfect Splatter Distress Technique" (Day 9). Love it!!!!
I used every colour that I had that would create the effect of being underwater.
I am really happy with the result.

The other major technique in this card is masking...all the stamps are masked and stamped with black Stayzon Ink on acetate.  It only took one go too!!!
(not an easy feat with acetate and masking)
And the bubbles are done with bleach - because nothing else I tried seemed to work!

The gorgeous shell and seahorse stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.

And that is about all there is to this one...
So remember to pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the Fashionettes and remember to leave some looove.

31 comments:

Terry said...

And what a garden indeed! Love all these little sea creatures and shells. Goodness there are even little bubbles and love the touches of gold! I also sea a starfish! How cool to live near the ocean! Fabulously cool!

SuzanneK said...

Wow fantastic scene, absolutely love it. Fab distressing too, perfect for our challenge at LIIU, thanks for sharing. Hugs Suzanne

Netty said...

Gorgeous background and love all the great stamping, Annette x

Marjie Kemper said...

How wonderful! The seahorses and shells are stunning against the gorgeous background.

Ephemera said...

I love your card Dot, it is such a gorgeous under the sea scene. The stamping and background are stunning. Have a Great Easter Sunday. x

Brenda Brown said...

Wow, wow, wow Dot this is one stunning creation, I can see why you are so pleased with it. The colours, details, techniques and composition make it perfect to me.
I hope you have a lovely chocolatey Easter Sunday.
hugs {brenda} xox

Tracy Heaton said...

Fab card - so much detail. Thanks for taking part at LIIU.
Tracy x

Hels Sheridan said...

So, I come over for a nosey parker as you do... and I thought... oooh, I LOVE that underwater creation.. and then my favest band in the world ever start singing! How Cool! YOu made me smile big hun... thank you ... Happy Easter x

Meggymay said...

Can see why you love this one,its gorgeous.It fills the imagination for your under-sea garden.
Yvonne x

Redanne said...

Your creation is just stunning, love the seahorses and your background is wonderful - I am not surprised you like it too!

Mrs.B said...

Dot this is amazing, fabulous background and stamping to create a wonderful scene, no wonder you love it.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Dot, I envy you living so close to the sea. I love the colours you've used, the technique is just perfect for this challenge. Well done you for stamping first time onto acetate too ! Sue C x

Margreet said...

Wow, this is breathtaking....I'm so jealous on you living close at the sea....thanks for joining the Divas....hope to see you next week again!
xxx Margreet

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Dot
Well I love that detail of the bubbles because it brings such a sense of the underwater and the stamping on acetate - perfection!
Wishes
Lynne

Cor* said...

OH MY GOODNESS! this is chalk full of distressing goodness! I adore your nautical feel! Great job and thanks for joining us at LIIU this month!

Molecraft said...

Wow, an amazing creation! Thanks fro joining us at Divas!
Helen x

Fliss said...

Wow Dot! This really is the most amazing creation and can see why you love it (no way could I part with this either!).
The background is stunning and the over stamping is just gorgeous.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Your underwater garden is wonderful, great details. Love the background.

Maria said...

Oh wow, this is amazing! You do the most fantastic creations with your ink Dot, and the colours show through beautifully.

Maria x

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

Your designs are always so amazing - and this is no exception - wow such fabulous stamping -beautiful scene.
Hope you had a wonderful Easter, hugs, Karin

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Dot, what a breathtakingly gorgeous scene! The colours are truly amazing and you've created such a serene picture... amazing my friend! You truly have the sea in your heart and it really shows! xx

Cazro said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning. Well done. Love the music too. Caz

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Dot! Amazing! Wow, wow, wow! I can absolutely see why you love your card. Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you create manic? Hope you ha a wonderful Easter. Best wishes, Yvonne

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Awesome card. Great distressing work. Thank you for shaing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

Susan Hogan said...

Always loved that song! Must be living by the sea that does it! Great take on the theme. Thanks for joining us a LIIU this month for our Distressing Challenge!

Carol said...

Great distressing. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog this time. Carol DT x

Sid said...

Fabulous seascape !

Samantha Read said...

I'm going to be singing that all day now! lol.
It's a lovely creation.
Thanks for joining in with us at Happy Daze and good luck!

Netty said...

Hi Dot am back again to say thank you for joining in with the Happy Daze challenge with this beautiful creation, x

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely card you have made here. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (The Crafty Purple Frog Design Team Member) xxx

mags said...

Gorgeous scene you have created and the distressing is just great. Thanks for joining us at LIIU.
Mags
x