By now you know that By the Tide is one of the stamp sets in the Spring Catalogue that immediately caught my attention and I knew I had to have it. I loved making the previous card using vellum and, of course, the little milk cartons with the fish were darling. Today I decided to use Glossy White cardstock.
For those of you that haven't had a chance to use the Glossy White cardstock, you really should try it sometime. It captures the image from the stamp beautifully and also heat embosses very nicely, allowing a lot of detail to show. (You know how, on some papers, the heat embossing seems to make the lines less clear? Well, that doesn't happen with the Glossy White.)
The first thing I did was to stamp the coral with Versamark and then powdered it with the Early Espresso embossing powder (so glad they added the colour in the Winter Mini) and shook off the extra. Even before applying the heat, I could see the coral was going to be very detailed. The heat just made it seem to come to life. Already I was loving this card and I really hadn't done much---yet.
Next, I stamped the shell with Crumb Cake ink and let that dry. Then I sponged the Glossy White with Pool Party ink, avoiding the shell as best I could. The last bit of stamping I did on the Glossy White was to stamp the poem twice in Pool Party ink, staggered, across the top. Then I used my Stampin' Markers to colour the shell. The great quality of the Glossy White is that it "grabs" the colour permanently when you stamp, so the Crumb Cake didn't smudge at all when I coloured the shell using my Blush Blossom and River Rock markers.
I stamped the fish on Brushed Silver cardstock using black StazOn and then coloured it and hand-cut it so that I could mount it above the coral with dimensionals. The little air bubbles turned out perfectly using Crystal Effects mixed with one drop of Island Indigo re-inker.
That's about it. The rest is Island Indigo cardstock, Early Espresso Core'dinations, some Linen thread and a couple of round punches.
I think I like this one even better than the one with the vellum. What do you think?