How to Make an Underwater Card

I have a really nifty stamp set from Hero Arts called Sea Life that also includes dies and I wanted to use the sentiment that references jelly fish, so I stamped a jelly fish in Cameo Coral Stampin’ Up ink and  Dusty Durango Stampin’ Up ink on the second layer of stamping.  I used the Vagabond to cut the jelly fish out and stamped some coral with the same colors and cut them out as well with the Vagabond to embellish the front of the card.  I used a plastic bag and cut it to fit inside my 5 x 7″ card (it’s 10″ scored at 5″ x 7″).
I have a big fish background stamp from Whipper Snapper called Under the Sea and stamped it side by side so it was wide enough to show through the oval of the card.  I used a Creative Memories cutting system to trim out the oval, but you could use dies, or trace an oval shape and then cut it out with scissors.  I colored my underwater background with my new Touch 5 markers and listed the colors in the video and on the video screen.  After I was finished coloring the fish, I used my 1″ chip brush to add a blue background with Stampin’ Up Pool Party ink.  The gel is LA Colors and is from the Dollar Tree and I like it because it has bubbles in it and they show up on the card.  I used a machine that seals the plastic bag called a Magic Sealer that you can buy anywhere, but here’s a link on ebay to view the options.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xmagic+sealer.TRS0&_nkw=magic+sealer&_sacat=0

Even though I seal the bag with this sealer, I still go around the edges with a couple layers of scotch tape to ensure the gel doesn’t leak in shipping.  I also laid a piece of foam over the front of the card to ensure it didn’t get punctured in shipping.  I used a couple of tablespoons of hair gel in the bag as you only want enough to make sure that you see gel when you look through the window, but don’t have a puffy bag as it increases the chances for the gel to leak.  I added tear tape to the four sides of the bag and stuck it inside the oval card and then put a layer along the bottom to ensure the card is sealed closed.  Then I added my embellishments and my sentiment on the outside of the card.  I saved one of the coral for the inside of the card and stamped little jellyfish with a marker inside the card and on the envelope.  I used Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade colored Stampin’ Up water based markera to ink the stamps.  I used a Simon Says Stamp called You Matter for the inside sentiment and inked it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The card base was also 5 x 7″ and I added a lot of tear tape to the front of it to ensure that the gel piece stayed put.  You could make the gel layer 1/4″ smaller so you could see the white layer.  I used Recollections 110 lb. white cardstock for my base as it is a sturdy paper and would hold the heavy piece with the gel inside.

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