Koi Fish and bubbles

Hiya, and TGISaturday! Welcome and welcome to a new follower, Migdalia of Crafting with CreativeM . Thanks for joining here, and I hope you will have time to check out Migdalia's wonderful blog. It's so lovely to see a new 'face' in the followers' list.

Here's a card I've had finished for a bit, using those yummy Ryn stamps. The background was made with Dylusions sprays - diluted - sprayed over a stencil.

- The Koi, seahorse and rising bubbles are stamps from here.  You have to use these lovely stamps in order to appreciate how wonderful they truly are. (And this is just my own endorsement). I want to try using Versamark and some embossing on these babies - but just haven't gotten around to it as yet.

- the foliage at the bottom was the top of a Stampscape tree stamp and bush that I've had for a while, as I've not yet ordered the seaweed or coral stamps that Ryn has available.

- on the sprayed background, used Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise, diluted with water, mixed with white linen, then sprayed over a stencil onto Canson #90 w/color paper. I blotted this with a paper towel roll to try to keep a bit of the texture. I've learned that drying with another piece of cardstock will net a beautiful 2nd background, but it also loses the texture from the sprays. At least it has when I've done that. Maybe there is a better way than I've been doing this & I don't know it yet! Open to anyone's suggestions, though.

- Frame is a glitter from a 6x6 American Craft pad, lightweight, cut with a S/Binder rounded rectangle. Think it was one of the Card Creator Rectangles..but -- I forgot to write down the specs. If ever anyone should want to know more details - I'll be happy to look it up and add an edit. Just leave a comment.

I did some much needed in-house chores yesterday while the DHster was gone to an all day car show. Today, I'm just trying to finish up, then - oh boy - hope to do some blog surfing. Ya'll have a fun day. 
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you're having a lovely Sat.Hugs


  1. Hi Mary-You created the perfect watery background on your lovely card-it's a fabulous effect :)
    Have a lovely day,
    Nessa xx

  2. Loving that background with the sprays! Really gives it a cool look. Love all those images you used for this too - looks exactly like an underwater scene.

  3. You make the best backgrounds with your sprays and stencils. Good way to get the foliage at the bottom, too. Very pretty!
    I've been finishing up a little housecleaning this a.m. before leaving for the ball game. It's a night game and that I like.

  4. What a lovely underwater scene! And yet another absolutely gorgeous background, too. The foliage at the bottom looks so good, what a great idea! Have a lovely weekend!

    love Mags B x

  5. Hi Mary, love this beautiful bg, it almost looks like marbling, gorgeous colours. Perfect underwater scene. The tree tops make great coral too! Cathy x

  6. Gorgeous card Mary, I like the background and the glittered frame.
    Kevin xx

  7. Lovely card my friend. I love the glitter and those beautiful Koi fishies are in the most beautiful shade of blue with the background pattern seeping through. Love it!


  8. Wow Mary, how clever of you to use the top of a tree for the coral/seaweed! I also love that beautiful background done with those sprays, such a pretty pattern!! I love those koi fish, they are beautiful as is that cute little seahorse! Lovin' that blue sparkle paper too!! Hugs!

  9. Wow, love the background and the glittered frame sets it off beautifully.


  10. This is another wonderful underwater scene! I think your coral is perfect!

  11. Fabulous background and fun design.

    Regards diane

  12. This is really wonderful Mary - You are scooting right along with different techniques.

  13. So cute, Mary! You have been a busy girl since I was here last and it's been fun backing up and catching up with you! I hate it when I get too far behind!! Actually BOTH of you have been busy since your DHster is in his element this time of year with the Halloween cards!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Great technique which really makes the image stand out! Love it!