Sea Themed Cards


Hello! Today I’m playing along in the Hero Arts June 2018 My Monthly Hero blog hop, with two cards using some beautiful images and dies from the main kit.

CARD DEETS – Sea You Soon

There are so many beautiful images in this kit that work perfectly with the absolutely stunning new fancy frame die, also in the kit. I started out stamping the waves first, inking up the last layer of the waves in Versamark and then Cotton Candy. I wanted the top layer to be the lightest, so I needed to emboss it so the color underneath wouldn’t be covered up by the subsequent, darker layers. By inking up with Versamark, and then the colored ink, I get the embossable stickiness from Versamark without really contaminating either ink pad. I do this a lot, and I haven’t noticed the Versamark having any noticeable effect on the colored ink pads.

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After stamping and heat embossing the first layer with clear Sparkle embossing powder, I inked the second layer in Versamark and Passion Flower, and then heat embossed with Pearl embossing powder. I stamped the very last layer in Stone Wash, then I put a strip of masking paper over the stamped waves so that I could blend the sunset background.

I die cut a circle out of masking tape, and then blended the sun with a mix of Dandelion and Soft Apricot. Then I put the reverse of the mask on the sun, and blended out the rest of the sky with a mix of Bubble Gum, Ultra Pink, Stone Wash, Grape Juice and Navy. I stamped the clouds and birds with Ultra Pink – I just love how they look different stamped between the sun and sky.

I then masked off the sky, and blended the bottom background with a more Stone Wash, Grape Juice and Navy. Then I sprayed the entire panel with White Iridescent Shimmer Spray. After that had dried, I stamped the boat in Navy, and die cut some vellum clouds with the coordinating dies.

The sentiment was heat embossed in white and die cut using the die from Yes Stamp&Cut, and then the entire panel covered with the beautiful new Beach Frame fancy die.

CARD DEETS – Wishing Mermaid

When I was looking for sunset inspiration, I saw THIS cute graphic, and just had to try and recreate it in card format.

The waves were stamped with Summer Sky, Stone Wash and Indigo, while the mermaid and rock were stamped in Navy. I then blended a background using Summer SkyGrape Juice, Stone Wash and Navy.

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I realized after I had blended the background that I had forgotten to mask off the moon, so what I did was make a mask, die-cutting a small circle from masking tape. Then I tapped a bunch of Unicorn ink on the cardstock, and then heat embossed that with Pearl embossing powder.

I then stamped the sentiment – from Make A Wish – in Navy, and die cut some more vellum clouds. To make the front for the shaker card, I die cut Reef Border and Frame die from white cardstock and adhered some acetate behind it. I then filled in the empty space with a mix of Purple Ombre and Blue Ombre sequins, and adhered the die cut panel on top.

CARD DEETS – Waving Hello

Finally, there are so many great add-ons this month – I didn’t have enough time to play with all of the, but I was able to make this quickie, using some scraps from older projects.

I had a background already made, the Waves Background clear embossed on some shimmer navy cardstock. So I cut the top off the background into a wave-esque border, and adhered it to a smaller, 5″x4″card base.

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I then die cut a previously blended background (of Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold, I think – but I made the background awhile ago ;)) with a heart infinity die. I adhered this to the background, and quickly colored some images from the new Seas the Day Seagulls that I had stamped in Charcoal and Soft Granite. I die cut these, and adhered them to the heart, along with a sentiment stamped in Charcoal on some scrap gray cardstock.

Finally, I topped everything off with some clear droplets – they look kind of like bubbles surfacing to me. 🙂

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out the details below for lots of inspiration, a supply list, and a chance to win the kit yourself!


This month’s kit includes:

  • 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set
  • 12 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies
  • 4 Ink Cubes (Deep Ocean, Summer Sky, Soft Sky, Soft Granite)
  • Sand Embossing Powder 0.5 oz
  • Sea Foam Shimmer Spray 1 fl oz
  • Beach Enamel Stickers

The value of the kit is $72, but it is sold at $34.99. You can purchase it HERE.

The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


There’s a lot of great add-ons this month too – I won’t link to each, but HERE’S the whole lot of them, saving roughly 10%. If that’s not your jive, that’s fine! You can buy them separately as well – just check out THIS page.

You can also find them on


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse you if you have already bought the kit). Giveaway closes Sunday, June 10th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.


For a chance to win a kit and lots of cool ideas, follow along with the hop. You should have arrived from oh-so-sweet Amy Tsuruta, and your next stop is the amazing Emily Midgett. If you get lost, you can check the Hero Arts Blog for the full list of links.


Sea You Soon Card

Cardstock: Bristol, Hero Arts Vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts June 2018 My Monthly Hero
Ink: Hero Arts Stone Wash, Grape JuiceNavyDandelionSoft ApricotBubble Gum, Ultra Pink, Cotton Candy and Passion Flower; Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray, clear Sparkle embossing powder and Pearl embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Yes Stamp&CutBeach Frame fancy die, Circle Infinity and June 2018 My Monthly Hero dies

Wishing Mermaid Card

Cardstock: Bristol, Hero Arts Vellum
Stamps: Hero Arts June 2018 My Monthly Hero and Make A Wish
Ink: Hero Arts NavyUnicornSummer Sky, Stone WashIndigo, and Grape Juice
Other: Hero Arts clear and pearl embossing powder, Purple Ombre and Blue Ombre sequins, and acetate

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Reef Border and Frame, June 2018 My Monthly Hero and Circle Infinity dies

Waving Hello Card

Cardstock: Bristol, navy shimmer cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Seas the Day Seagulls and Waves Background
Ink: Hero Arts Charcoal and Soft Granite; Tim Holtz Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade
Other: Hero Arts clear embossing powder; droplets

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Heart Infinity die and Seas the Day Seagulls dies


129 thoughts on “Sea Themed Cards

  1. What amazing kit and new products!
    I’m totally in love for your breathless cards!!! Colors and details are simply amazing!!!

  2. Your cards are so beautiful. I love that you have used different colours! Pink, purples and blues are my favorites.

  3. I love your Wishing Mermaid card with the coloring and Fancy frame die. This release is awesome and can’t wait to get it next week. Thanks Clare…

  4. I love the new seaside themed stampset. Reminds me of my childhood days when my parents would take me “yachting”.

  5. Fancy die card is the definition of Beautiful. Love it.
    And love how you brought back the fancy die from last year for the mermaid.

  6. Your cards are absolutely stunning!! I never thought to clear emboss the wave background on navy but love the look so getting out mine to try it! I’m waitlisted for the kit and am hoping so much that I get one – it is so amazing this month.

  7. Wow, that sunset sky and sun – amazing!! And I love the colors of the mermaid card. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Beautiful colors used in the first 2 cards, they’re definitely my favorite. Love the mermaid!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amazing cards! The backgrounds are so vibrant and stunning in the beach scenes. The gull is just too cute and I love the making waves background stamp.

  10. Lots of wonderful inspiration from your cards. This kit is indeed amazing as are many of the add ons. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I may the only person who didn’t understand your Versamark technique, where you talk about stamping in Vetsamark then in other colors…I read it 4 times but it’s not clicking.
    What is the reason for stamping into Versamark besides for embossing?? Sorry I’m not grasping this.
    Your cards are quite lovely and I’d love to recreate them .
    I read it again just now and I still don’t understand what you’re saying. Sorry!

    • Hi RaNae! Thanks for the kind words! Hopefully I can explain the technique a bit better here;
      If I stamped the top layer in the lightest ink (pink), the darker layers (blue and purple) underneath would cover it up. So I needed to heat emboss that layer, so when I stamped those darker layers, the embossing would resist that ink. Instead of stamping that top layer once in the pink ink and then again with the Versamark, and following it up with heat embossing, I inked up the stamp first with Versamark, and then, without stamping onto paper, I inked up the same stamp with the pink ink and then I stamped.
      By heat embossing that pink layer, the darker layers can’t cover it up, and by inking with the Versamark and the pink ink at the same time, I don’t have to stamp that layer twice. I hope this makes sense and please let me know if it doesn’t or you have any other questions! 🙂

  12. Gorgeous backgrounds on all of these awesome creations! The Sea You Soon is my favorite, mainly because of the background colors. Absolutely stunning!!

  13. Wow !!! Your cards are all amazing, your backgrounds are so beautiful !!

  14. Wow! I’m pretty sure these are my favorite cards from the whole blog hop!!! Those backgrounds in your first 2 cards are gorgeous!! I’m definitely trying these techniques for myself…thanks so much for sharing your process!!

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