My nephew’s wedding (almost 2 years ago) was in an aquarium, so for his 40th birthday, I decided it would be fun to make a slider card with a sea theme.

I subscribe to Papercraft Society’s kits and especially the ones from Sam Calcott of Mixed Up Craft. Her kit is currently sold out, but you can register to get notified when or if it comes back in stock. Here’s the link:

I started with a piece of acetate that is 9″ x 4″ and score on the 9″ length at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ and then turn the acetate around to the other end and score that end at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″. Take your time scoring acetate and really make sure the lines are deeply etched into the surface, so you can fold it.

The sand colored cardstock came in the kit, but you can use whatever similar color cardstock you’d like. I used two pieces of “sand” cardstock, one 1 ” x 5″ long and one that is 1 1/4″ x 5″ and I used a stencil that came in the kit, but you could just cut a hilly look into the tops of each of these pieces. I traced the stencil with a marker and then cut the marker lines out with scissors. You’ll score both on the 5″ length at 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ I used an ink cube that’s a little darker sand color and I used a blending brush and inked the top edge, and the score marks on either end.

My card base is 8″ x 5″ tall and scored on the 8″ length at 4″ in an ocean blue. I used patterned paper in the kit that’s an under the sea scene that is 4 x 4″.

I used Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss on the school of fish I created for sparkle. Link: To make the school, I took one larger and one smaller fish stamp from the kit and made two masks of the larger fish. Then on a white scrap of cardstock, I stamped three of the bigger fish in a row (horizontal). Then I laid the two masks over the first two fish and stamped a smaller fish above and below in between the first and second fishes, and then stamped a fish above and below the center fish, then moved the first mask to the third large fish and stamped the small fish above and below between the second and third fish, and above and below the third fish. Then I used alcohol markers to color them.

I used a retired Stampin’ Up Word Window punch link: to punch a straight line through the sea scene paper before I glued it to the card base. Save the scrap you punched out as you’ll want to glue it back into that slot later.

I cut four 7/8″ circles with a die from the kit (you can use a 1″punch). Glue two of them to each other, and take a foam square that’s small enough to slide back and forth in the slot we cut, and lay one circle under the slot, put the foam square in the center of it, and then lay the second circle over the slot. Glue the school of fish onto the top circle. Put foam strips behind the sea designed paper avoiding the area around the moving circles and lay the acetate on the bottom of the card base using tear tape under the 1/2″ scored areas, then lay the seascape on top of the acetate lining it up with the bottom edge of the card base. Glue the strip of seascape paper you cut with the punch into the slot it came out of with a little wet glue.

I used Bearly Art Glue link: I added tear tape to the scored areas on both of my sand mounds, and glued the first mound in, lining it up with the bottom of the card and making sure the ends lay against the sea scape paper. Glue in the second sand mound by making sure it buts against the first sand mound edges, and lines up with the bottom of the acetate.

I stamped and die cut almost every sea creature that came with the kit and then used alcohol markers to color them. I cut thin strips of acetate and glued the sea creatures to the top of the acetate strip with tear tape, and put tear tape on the bottom front of each strip, so I could glue it to the back of the sand mounds. Spend time arranging these before you glue them in place, making sure they don’t cover up the moving school of fish.

Water drop beads link choose smallest mm option. I glued three of these across the submarine windows.

Cut two strips of black cardstock…1/4″ x 11″ and 1″ x 11″ strips. Put tear tape on the back of each strip. Use the 1″ strip and glue it to the bottom of the cardbase on the acetate, pinching the corners, and glue the 1/4″ strip along the top of the acetate. I cut a couple more 1/4″ strips and glued them to the sides of the aquarium to hide the sides and one more inside the top to make the top, back of the aquarium.

I added a sentiment from the kit and laid a strip of ribbon under it on the top portion of the card and put a sentiment inside the card and stamped a school of fish. Glued some blowfish on the top and sitting on a sand mound.

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