When I sat down to use the Best Fishes set (one of the newest sets from GinaK Designs), I wanted to do something totally different. I was thinking "waves" and started paging through the big pile of patterned paper that's been sitting on my desk since right after the holidays. I usually keep all of my papers in my 12x12 storage shelf that the hubby built me, or in an over sized milk crate that easily fits the 12x12 size (I like to put my wrapped packs of 12x12 papers in the milk crate). Having this big stack of paper on my desk takes up a little bit of my crafting "real estate," but it's also great for inspiration and new ideas. I have been doing so much with that paper, it's almost as if the paper fairy came and sprinkled some fairy dust on them! I just start paging through the papers and the muse will hit and the creativity flows. It's amazing what leaving a pile of paper out will do for my creative urges. I suggest you try it sometime!
I started with a Tempting Turquoise cardbase which is always appropriate for an undersea themed card.
I free-cut waves of striped patterned paper and mounted them on a piece of white Pure Luxury cardstock. I had some grass patterned paper and free-cut some funky seaweed out of it. I've had that paper sitting around for a while, wondering WHAT IN THE WORLD I was going to do with it. It's great for this! I was also thinking that it would be a fun border to do on outdoorsy types of scrapbook pages, too.
Usually, I would stamp an image onto white cardstock and then color it in. I wanted to try something a little different this time. I stamped the seahorse onto a piece of Gable Green (gosh, how long has it been since I've use THAT color?) and then colored over it with my Copic markers. The only part of the image that I didn't color over was the eyeball. I like that when I cut it out, the slight border of cardstock left around the edge of the seahorse is the Gable Green cardstock, rather than a bright white.
I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the little fin on his backside and on the side of his head. I mounted him on top of the card with pop-dots. The little bubbles floating up from his mouth are also from the Best Fishes set.
The greeting (from the same set) was done on Tempting Turquoise and free-cut.
Do you have any patterned paper that hasn't seen the light of day in a long time? Take it out and set it on your desk, page through them when you're looking for some inspriation and let your papercrafting muse take you where it wants to go. It's fun!