Stampin’ Up! has so many great foliage dies that I find so much fun to layer and layer and layer. I wanted to create an under the sea vignette with lots of colors. The first thing to do is compile a color palette. And this is the one I chose.

Next up, gather up some dies: Smooth Sailing, Forever Flourishing, Dandy Wishes, Shark, and Boho Indigo dies. Take a look at your die collection. I am sure you have foliage dies that will work for this design.

Here is the card.

Colorful Seabed plants
  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.


Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Emboss the front of a 4-1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5-1/2″) Thick Basic White cardstock card base with the Seabed 3D embossing folder.

Cut a 2-1/2: x 3-1/2″ panel from Pacific Point pattern in the Brights Designer Series Paper 6″ x 6″ Assortment. I am using a Sneak Peek DSP that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Cut a 2-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ frame from Pacific Point cardstock.

Die-cut lots of foliage from the color palette cardstock plus some die-cut from Vellum.

Stamp and heat emboss an underwater creature. I chose the seahorse from Seaside Notions stamp set. Stamp with white craft ink, add white embossing powder and heat emboss the image. Fussy cut.

Layer and tuck until you are pleased with your underwater vignette. Wrap with white Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon and tie a bow. Add the panel to the card base with Dimensionals. Include an embossed sentiment if desired.

I hope you like this Under the Sea colorful card. This riot of color brightens my day and I hope it brightened yours. And I believe that the Seabed 3D embossing folder is the showstopper background.

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