Good morning! The July release from Hello Bluebird is now live and it is A-MAZING!! I recently got back from a vacation to Monterey, California and I could have spent my entire trip just watching the otters. So when I saw the new Otter Friends set I had to play with it first! 🙂
First I stamped the otters, fish, and heart from Otter Friends with intense black ink and colored them with copic markers. I added a few accents with a white gelly roll pen and a black glaze pen and then die-cut them with the coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock with versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I added a little spectrum noir clear sparkle to the cheeks of the otters and the heart and then covered the heart with a layer of nuvo crystal glaze.
Next I smooshed shabby shutters and evergreen bough distress ink onto a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water, and pressed it to a piece of watercolor paper. Once it was dry I spritzed it with a water bottle and blotted off the excess water. Then I smooshed chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch, salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, and peacock feathers distress ink onto acetate, spritzed it with water, and pressed it to a second piece of watercolor paper. I spritzed that panel with water and then blotted off the excess. Once both panels were totally dry I die-cut them with the water and grass dies from the new Pond Builder set.
Finally I started assembling the card by layering the water and grass to create my scene. I love the dimension created by the dies! Then I tucked my otter into the grass and adhered the swimming otter and heart with foam mounting tape. Finally I trimmed down my sentiment banner and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape. It’s not a perfect match but it does remind me of the otters I saw at Moss Landing! Though I think my distress ink water is prettier! 😉
I hope you’ll check out the rest of the release! I’ll be back later this week with a few more cards using other new sets! Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous day!
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