Mixed Media Ocean Scene

Hello everyone! Betsy on the blog today! Let me introduce myself. I have been a paper crafter for the last 14 years. I am also an artist of fine art working in watercolor and soft pastel. My paper journey began when I wanted to make a scrapbook for my mom. This lead to making cards and I have been following that passion ever since. I love working with color and texture and, really, who doesn’t like all the glittery things! You can find me on Instagram: @betsybirgeart and Facebook: Betsy Birge and on my blog:

This is the card we will be creating today!

I love seahorses and this stamp is gorgeous! First I chose my paper, as that determines the direction I will go in. This is a fairly good sized stamp that is 4 1/2" in length. So, I decided to go with a slimline card. First I inked my patterned paper background.

I used darker blues and went around the edges. I wanted these to be nice and dark.

Next, using a stencil and white pigment ink, I made rays of light coming from the top of my card.

Once this was dry, I stamped my main image. I stamped it in the

lower 2/3's of my panel. I also added another stamping of some "seaweed" coming up from the bottom of the panel.

Then I took a random dot stencil and using some glitter gel stenciled on parts of my panel. I only put it on the body of the seahorse - not the face. The stencil was 6" x 6". After stenciling the top portion I flipped it around and did the lower section.

Once this glitter gel was dry, I stamped on a few tiny seahorses with a hybrid black


As a final embellishment I added some pearls. I did not put a sentiment on as I didn't know who I was going to send this to. I did, however, leave a space at the top where I could put one. But, it still looks great without one as well!

I used a slimline card base measuring 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" and covered it with a very dark navy specialty paper. This actually has flowers on it, but I knew once the card was assembled, you would not see the flowers. I adhered my finished patterned panel onto the base and that finished my card!

Products used:

Lavnia Paper: Dream-Scapes

Lavinia Stamps: Seahorse, Whimsical Whisps

Distress Oxide Ink: Blueprint Sketch

Simon Hurley Ink: Midnight Snack

Love From Lizi: Snowfall Stencil

Studio Katia: Underwater Rays Stencil

Gina K. Designs: White Pigment Ink

Gina K. Designs: Glitz Glitter Gel - Iridescent

Versaient Clair Nocturne Ink

Brutus Monroe: Raven Sparkle Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe: Sea You Soon Stamp Set

Tonic: Navy Toile Specialty Paper

2-Tone Small Flat-back Pearls

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