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. That frame die is my fave from the add-ons in this kit. Love your inspired background.
    Thx for sharing your creativity.

  2. Fantastic cards!! I love the first one – the background is just stunning!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Wonderful cards, these purple tones are just amazing!!! Love the delicate and warm feel of these sea themed cards!

  4. Love the backgrounds on the first two
    cards. That mermaid is darling.
    The sun coming up in the first is
    fantastic. All of the cards are
    great. thanks for sharing

  5. Such gorgeous cords – the ink blending on the first two cards is incredible. Thanks for the inspiration!

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