I pretty much flipped my tail over this set, Stay Salty, created by the talented Julie Ebersole, which debuted recently from Ellen Hutson. There were SO many things in this latest release that I wanted, but at the top of my list was this set. Just for this particular saying (though I love everything in this set!), which is something I say ALL THE TIME. And I began to get this feeling that maybe, just maybe, that time when Julie, back when we were both with that OTHER company, that time when she STALKED me at convention in SLC (just ask Julie, she KNOWS WHAT I AM TALKIN' 'BOUT!), that maybe, just maybe, she heard me say it, and it has just stuck in her head all these years! And now she made a stamp set with it! I feel a sense of ownership (especially since I paid for this, ROFL!)
After it came, this was the set I grabbed first among, er, all the OTHER things I bought. Yes, I broke my effort to use all the unused sets before I bought any new ones, but I just. Had. To. Have. It. Lookie:
STINKIN' CUTE! I knew I wanted to do something with distress inks and I wanted to make a lot of water. I worried that having the greeting and the fish tail all the way at the top would make it out of balance, but it really doesn't!
I cut two pieces of Neenah Solar white for the images, one that I stamped the greeting and fish on, and another one that I blended 3 different Distress colors, with Broken China at the top, blended into Mermaid Lagoon, then down to Faded Jeans at the bottom. Then I created bubbles, first by loading a watercolor brush with water and sprinkling it on the card stock and blotting it off with a paper towel. Those are the bubbles that are purely white with no edge of color. The other bubbles that are light blue with a dark blue edge were water sprinkled on and then dried with a heat tool. That created the hard edge. After that I stamped the wave images on with Versafine Onyx (because it plays well with water media). I cut the edge out on the top to create my water. I also used the Distress Picket Fence marker, which is kind of a strange marker. You use it the first time and nothing seems to happen, and you say, "THAT'S NOT WHITE" and throw it aside in disgust. And then you discover it is white once it is dry. DOH! It's not a bright white, which is not what I wanted (would have used a Uniball Signo gel pen if that was what I wanted). Anyway, I used that inside all of the little wavelets.
For the fish tail, I used Memento Tuxedo Black because it plays well with Copics, which I used to color the tail, then added highlights of Sakura Stardust to create a nice fishy shimmer.
And I used some Sakura on the greeting too! The sky was done with some Tumbled Glass Distress ink.
Some red baker's twine and Doodlebug Sprinkles add great finishing touches.
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