Hello friends and visitors! I have another monochromatic card for you today, this time in shades of red and featuring a sweet little seahorse family! As you probably know the males bear their babies and carry the unborn young in a pouch on their abdomen. So the red seahorse is the Daddy here. Seahorses are also monogamous, mating for life.
The background was made following a tutorial posted by Jenny Marples at Pushing the Right Buttons using a Tim Holtz Splotches stencil and Ranger Transparent Texture Paste in Matte. Jenny makes the most incredible backgrounds, and this one looked like one I might even be able to do. I'm not completely satisfied with the way mine turned out. In Jenny's example, the patterned paper appeared to be covered by the ink, but even after several layers of ink, mine remained translucent. The patterned paper from my stash had some "distressing" on it, and it came out a little yellow looking in those areas once the paste dried. This doesn't show up so much in real life, so I think this still qualifies as monochromatic.
I used Abandoned Coral Distress ink to color the background and edged in Festive Berries. I added some more random stenciling using Tim's Faded Dots stencil for "bubbles". I distressed and heat embossed the edges of this panel and the panel below it with Holographic embossing powder. You can see I also stamped a rope image from Prima on the bottom most panel. The Chit Chat sticker sums it up...
A Flourish die cut from Tim's Mixed Media #2 set was torn around the edges, and I added Distress Crazing Medium, then sprayed with Abandoned Coral Distress spray stain when dry. I added Festive Berries ink here and there to give it some depth and edged with Black Soot. The tag is a My Sentiments Exactly stamp and fussy cut. I hand cut a second tag.
I stamped four seahorses and fussy cut them. The two larger images are My Sentiments Exactly, and the smaller image is All Night Media. I stamped this one in Archival Vermillion ink and gave it a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze. When dry, I highlighted the cracks with DecoArt Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black and edged in Jet Black Archival ink.
I gave the other larger seahorse a coat of DecoArt Sand Texture paste, several coats of gesso, some crackle paste and Bead Gel medium. I got a little impatient and gave it a blast with the heat gun and made some grungy bubbles. That's OK, though--in my research on seahorses, I saw that most of them get pretty grungy at the bottom of the sea. I colored him with Abandoned Coral. Festive Berries and Barn Door inks and edged in Black Soot. His baby is inked with Abandoned Coral and coated lightly with Rock Candy Stickles for a little sparkle. Seahorses take on the color of underwater plants to avoid predators, and mine are blending right in!
The little baby's older sibling was covered in Sand Texture paste and a coat of gesso and Abandoned Coral ink. He isn't mimicking his surroundings, and he stands out against the "seaweed" (Tattered Lace Ornate Leaves die cut). I hope you've enjoyed my little underwater family of the sweetest sea creatures! I had so much fun making it!
I am sharing my card with ....
Scrapy Land Challenge #45 Anything Goes Dies used Tattered Lace and Sizzix
Southern Ridge Trading Company-Anything Summer I always think sea themes as summery and I used summery colors. Shhhh! It's for a summer birthday!
Mod Squad Challenge Lazy Days of Summer What could be lazier than floating around in the sea?
Creative With Stamps CWS Challenge #4-Ink Splatters Mine come in the form of splatters from the spray stain on the Mixed Media #2 die and the splotches in the background.
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