Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Loveliest Things

Sara Emily Barker Sea Life Mixed Media Tag 1

Hello and welcome! Simon Says Stamp's current challenge is Life On The Ocean Waves, and I couldn't help but play along. The Elegant 3D Texture Fade just screams ocean waves to me, so I used it to embosse an oxide background. 

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After inking, embossing and inking again, I swiped the raised portions of the swirls randomly and heat embossed with Seth Apter's White Cloud Baked Velvet. I splashed with watery Faded Jeans oxide. Can you spot the fish tail? I stamped the fish from Tim Holtz Sealife on Plain Collage Paper using a light touch of Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Archival inks, and colored on the opposite side with Celestial Alcohol Pearls. I tore the edges of the image and adhered it to the background with collage medium. I also did the fish head on the opposite side, but I made a real mess out of it. It's covered with 'kelp' (cheesecloth dyed with Peeled Paint spray oxide and Walnut Stain oxide).

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I love this propeller from the Steampunk Parts Bigz die. I gave it an old crusty tarnished and worn brass look with a variety of products. Look out Mr. Seahorse; you might be cruising for a flat top!

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The seahorse is from the Sealife stamp set, too, inked with Ground Espresso archival and clear embossed over an old failed alcohol ink lift technique panel (before the miraculous Alcohol Lift ink).

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And there's the Seashells Bigz die cut given a crusty look with a variety of products. You can see a tutorial I did with tips on making seashells HERE. Grit paste, art stones and Seth Apter's Deep Sand Baked Texture, a brass starfish from my stash, a Clippings Sticker and some Funky Floral die cuts finish it off.

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I hope you're finding time to create among these busy summer days. I find my crafting time is rare, but this came together in no time. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
SanDee&amelie's 2019 Steampunk Summer Special Challenge I looked at DaRules again, and I thing this fits with the vintage part of industrial/vintage, with a tiny lean toward the industrial.

Scrapy Land Challenge #117 Anything Goes I used 4 Sizzix dies.
Challenge #7 - Anything Goes Mixed Media Creative Challenge at We Love 2 Create at Polkadoodles
Country View Challenges July 2019 - Blues & Greens


  1. Wow, this is so spectacular, Sara Emily!! I absolutely love the underwater scene you've created!! The sea horse looks amazing (I sure hope he steers clear of the propeller ;) The sea floor texture is fabulous!! I love every single detail!! I'm so glad you played along with the Scrapy Land Challenge, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Your tag is stunning Sara! The seahorse is awesome .. you do use the most amazing techniques and they always turn out looking spectacular!! Love this underwater scene, just brilliant!! hugs xx

  3. Fabulous tag, Sara, and the texture of the seashell is amazing!!! I also love the seahorse too!!! Big hugs

  4. Fantastic tag, Sara Emily, as only you can do! The details are incredible especially that seahorse. Love it! Thank you for your kind words on my blog post.
    I do hope you will join Instagram one of these days!

  5. This is amazing and it turned out so well. I love the seahorse! Great job! :)

  6. Love it.

  7. Your tag looks wonderful, Sara, and putting a propeller on top is really fun! Your undersea design is so clever and the texture on that seahorse--incredible. Thanks for your inquiry, I'm not sure what happened (my muse went on vacation?) but I hope to be back in the swing of things, soon. You are so sweet to wonder ♥

  8. Exquisitely done, Sara Emily... I love everything about this tag! That seahorse is amazing! And I must go check out your tutorial on shells for sure! Thanks for the heads up about AVJ - I am not quite sure of schedules on these challenges yet, lol! xxx Lynn

  9. My favourite theme ever and you have created a stunning tag Sara, the seahorse is stunning, as your embossed background and I just love the large embossed shell (I so wish I had bought that one!). So, so beautiful, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

    PS - yes, I did spot the fish tail! xx

    Wow your project is beautifull thank you for sharing with the dt from We Love To Create, Love your tag, so vintay and lovely xxx

  11. You know how much I love the sea...and this is a magnificent tribute to all the things I love. That background is amazing. You created such a great sense of moving water with your inks. The detail in the seahorse makes me clap my hands with glee...and that shell! Wowza!

  12. Hi, Sara! What an exquisitely designed under-the-sea theme! Beautiful colorations and amazing reality in each of these details. So beautiful! hugs, de

  13. Wonderful under the sea creation!

  14. Your seahorse is jaw-droppingly brilliant - what a realistic look you've created for him. All the textures here are wonderful, and I love the soft swirling currents in the background. I can practically taste the salt!
    Alison x

  15. OMG! This is absolutely stunning! I love the seahorse, propeller and the big seashell! Everything goes together beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!!

  16. Another gorgeous seaside project Sara Emily and perfect for our blues and green July challenge over at Country View. I adore seashorses and yours
    is just wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us xx

  17. Gorgeous project ! thank you for joining in with my challenge over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie xx

  18. Beauuuuutiful the textures, the colours and all the fab elements! Love this to bits! ;-)

  19. Another beautiful seahorse inspiration, amazing!! Many thanks for sharing with us SanDee's and Amelies Steampunk Challenge!

  20. I love the various textures you added to your bottom of the ocean scene. Sorry I hadn't been by to reciprocate your visit to my blog, but I'd been out of town. Blessings!

  21. Beautiful tag ! thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges.


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