The Ocean is Calling……


Welcome to Unity’s Blog hop for March 31st 2019. Please hop along with my fellow Uni’s and I today. Below are links to all of our pages.

Action cards are always fun to make and very popular right now. This is a simple pull card that gives the effect of a setting sun with hidden sentiments.

To create this sunset card, I started out with a blank 5×6” piece of mixed media paper. Using a blender tool and some surface ink I started blending out my night sky. Starting with the lighter blues at the bottom of the paper then moved to the purple and black as I went up. While blending the ink I used a light hand and light amount of ink. I also alternated colors to create a natural looking sky. 

For the sunset I started out using a clean round blending pad and a darker yellow surface ink on a 5×6” mixed media paper. When I applied the ink to my paper I pressed down hard in a circular motion. I then played around adding a little orange and brighter yellow, then dark again until I got it to look like a sun. From there using minimal ink I lightly started blending around my sun with a light yellow leaving a small space between the sun and where I started blending. This allows for a more natural looking glow. After I got my yellow down I started adding in some other colors very lightly (pinks, purples, blues, orange) the whole time I added colors I was applied them in a light streaking motion in a circular direction around the card. I feel this allow it to look like sunrays coming off the sun.

The water and beach were created out of scraps from previous cards. I added a little more color to get the look I wanted, then hand cut them slightly wavy. I did add some blue to the brown beach part to make it look as if the water was washing up on shore. To give the water on shore the bubbly look ocean water has I used deco foil transfer gel and clear micro beads. The transfer gel dries transparent allowing the water and beach color to come through. Next was to color the light house. This image was already stamped, embossed and colored with a light gray sitting in my scrap box. (I had colored it for another card but didn’t like it at the time) I figured with the whites on the light house already colored gray I could color over them with a red and get a darker, shadowed look. I then cut it out, cutting a lot of the base off the stamped image so I had room for the image and my sentiments. 

 Once my background pieces were dry I hit them with a heat gun just to set the ink. From here I trimmed my dark background to 4.25×5.5”.  Then cut out the center with a die cut. Next I added the inside sentiment by laying both pieces of the blue background in my stamp platform and stamping the image in white ink (heat set the ink so it doesn’t smudge) . For the slider part I used the sun background. I cut this piece to 3.75×5”. When I added, the sentiments placed the blue background frame over the sunset background as a guide. The top image was stamped then embossed with black raven embossing powder. The lower sentiment was stamped in black Versafine. I then added a few hand drawn birds with a gray sharpie. 

To assemble this card, I took a heavy card stock base and added some blue surface ink to it so no white would show when the is assembled. Next I used three foam adhesive strips on the blue background frame to pop it up. Setting this on my base not adhered yet I used this as a guide to glue down the blue background base part of the card. After the base was glued I adhered the frame to the base of the card. From there I added the water, beach, and light house.  For the finishing touch, I added the slider piece by adhering two dimensionals to the back of the slider paper and then one on the card base front under the frame area. I only peeled off the one side of sticky part leaving the other side covered. This created my stopper so that my slider doesn’t pull all the way out. It was at this point I realize I didn’t have a pull tab…. So, I quickly used a scrap piece of part to make one and adhered it to my slider piece.


Products Used:
Unity’s January 2018 Kit of the Month “The Ocean is Calling” (I received this for my GIU week)
Brutus Monroe’s: surface inks, clear micro beads, black raven embossing powder
Tim Holtz distressed Oxide inks and die cut
Arteza water color markers 
Stampin Up’s: foam adhesive strips and mini dimensionals
Tombow mono adhesive glue
Deco Foil transfer gel
Mix Media paper

Hop along with us…

Kim Marie Monson Leach
Rachel Duong…
Heidi Cope…
Shelly McGovern Schmidt…
Sue Wisniewski…
Pamela J. Duncan…
Cara Malmrose…
Ashley Johnson…

25 thoughts on “The Ocean is Calling……”

  1. Shelly Schmidt

    Wonderfully done! Love all of the instructions you included…Ohhhhh, longing for warm weather and beach days : )

  2. Vannessa Osbourn

    Heidi, this is so fun! I’ve done magic slider cards before but this takes it to a whole different level! Very creative!

  3. This is a Super cool card. I almost chose that set for my GIU week. That set is amazing and you did it justice for sure!

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