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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Octopus hugs (posted by Claire)

Good morning, I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas break (and grabbing lots of bargains in the Chocolate Baroque sale!!). It's Claire here with a card made using the fun new stamps Steampunk Funky Fish and  Steampunk Sea World. I've made a theatre style card by taking two rectangular pieces of card, scoring at 2cm and 4cm in from either end. When you join the two end sections it gives a really fun card that still folds flat to post.

To decorate the card I cur a circular aperture in the front section and used a stencil and texture paste to create the brick effect. Once the paste was dry I added some colour with distress inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

On the back section of the card I stamped the steampunk bubble machine three times and embossed with gold embossing powder and added some colour with markers before inking around the images with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

The octopus was stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and coloured with Graph'It markers. I cut the octopus out and mounted it on some acetate. I folded a flap over at the top of the acetate and stuck it to the back of the card. I love this technique, I first saw Glenda demonstrate it years ago and it's great for giving your image some movement. Here's pic to (hopefully) show the acetate strip.

Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx


  1. How awesome is this. Claire, you are so creative. I love the brick wall and how it is coloured. The inside is such a treat.

  2. What a great card I really like the 3d effect you have created and your colouring is fab too
    Jackie x

  3. I love the 3D effect you have given this Claire and the grunge paste brickwork looks great too. x

  4. Very effective with the octopus 'dancing' midst the bubble machines & I love your real shell embellishing. The 'theatre' card is a super idea & I'm reminded of one of those large aquaria exhibitions where there are lots of tanks set into the walls of the building for viewers to peer into. The textured brickwork put me in mind of the latter.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. love this theatre style card

  6. What a fun an unexspected combination! Works great!


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