I absolutely love seahorses. Of course I picked up this awesome stamp set, Seaside Notions, and started playing with it. I looked around my work table and I still had some pieces left from my June 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit and some miscellaneous die cuts from thin cork and some adhesive sequins….and idea formed in my head and here is the result. Have you noticed how you can pull elements and papers from other collections?

Seaside Notions



  • Seaside Notions stamp set (#149278)
  • Smooth Sailing dies (#149576)
  • Cardstock: Shimmery White (#101910)
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): Perennial Essence (#149100)
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento (#132708), Craft Whisper White (#147277), Mossy Meadow (#147111), Terracotta Tile (#150086)
  • Blends: Daffodil Delight dark (#144585), Calypso Coral light/dark (#144042/#144044), 
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder White (#109132), Embossing Buddy (#103083)
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#148561)
  • Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (#144108)
  • Tools: Paper Snips (#103579), Acrylic Blocks (D, H, I), Take Your Pick Tool (#144107), Bone Folder (#102300), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334), Heat Tool (#129053)
  • Paper Pumpkin June 2019 miscellaneous pieces

I stamped the seahorse and shell images with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Shimmery White cardstock. Then I fussy cut the images out. Now I know you are probably groaning here. But look at it this way, this is your time to go slow move the paper around and let the snips do the work. Think about the moment. I feel that it becomes quite relaxing to fussy cut when you are not in a hurry. I colored/shaded the seahorse with appropriate Blends.

Die cut the seaweed from the Smooth Sailing dies. I used a thin cork that I had in my stash. Experiment with stuff that will add a bit of texture to your project. 

Then cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (Perennial Essence) to 3 3/4″ x 5″. I like to ‘finish’ off my exposed edges with a complimentary color to eliminate the white core of the paper. So I just used a sponge and a bit of Mossy Meadow ink to darken the white edge of the DSP. Cut a coordinating cardstock layer (I used Basic Black) at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere the two layers together. 

Stamp the sentiment on Basic Black with Whisper White Craft ink after rubbing the Embossing Buddy over the paper. The Embossing Buddy will smooth over any oils from handling. Then dip in the White Emboss Powder and heat set. No need to ‘wave’ the Heat Tool. Just direct the Heat Tool at the emboss powder and watch for the change in color and the shine to appear. Move the Heat Tool slowly over area to emboss once you see the shine. Yes, you do need to fussy cut the sentiment.

Ok, now you have all your pieces and parts. Layer until it is pleasing to you. Use dimensionals and glue dots to keep everything in place. 


So here is a challenge for you. Pull out your ocean themed stamp sets. Take a look at the elements and start combining different pieces. Maybe the shells can be stamped on a background and just add a sentiment. Or perhaps the coral could be stamped and colored with blends. I saw some great coral artwork and the coral was blue. The current catalog has several stamp collections that work well together.

Alternate Card: Added some Copper Metallic Thread and some bead embellishments adhered with Fine Tip Glue Pen (#138309)

Want to have a quick background? Use your Designer Series Papers. I like to cut backgrounds (generally, 3 3/4″ x 5″) and have them ready to audition for the supporting cast. I’d love to see your creations. Please feel free to post them on the Murray Stamps Facebook page for all to admire.


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