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Hello there! Leanne West here and I’m sharing a card that’s not the typical size but one I really like to make when I need some extra space to build a scene.  This card measures 4 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.  I wanted to create a underwater scene using the mermaid from the Ocean Bliss stamp set with a custom sentiment using some of the word stamps from Mermaid Song.

For the background I stamped the largest image of swirling waves from the Ocean Borders stamp set over the entire card front (stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white).  I applied a combination of Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink right over the embossed background.  At the very bottom of this panel I blended on some Fossilized Amber to give the look of a sandy ocean floor.

I stamped and colored all the images with Copic markers.  The sea critters and accessories came from Mermaid Song and Swimming By.  I used a vellum panel cut slightly smaller than the card front to diffuse the pattern of the background and help make the images and sentiment stand out. I adhered all the images to the vellum with foam tape.  I then stamped the sentiment with Staz On ink directly onto the vellum.

As some finishing touches I added a few dots of Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel Drops and Glossy Accents to the hearts and turtle shell.

All the Honey Bee mermaid and ocean themed stamp sets have always been clear favorites in my stamp collection.  I hope I given you some new inspiration for using them.  Have an absolutely fintastic day!!

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