There’s nothing that says “summer” like the beach. And this week, the beach has been on my mind A LOT.
Not just any beach though, but the ocean.
Once you’ve been to the ocean, all other beaches pale in comparison.
Unfortunately, we don’t live close to the ocean.
We WERE planning on taking the kids to Florida this summer. But with the COVID situation, travel for our family is at a stand-still. ☹️
So, I’m making ocean-themed cards instead. 😂
And what better product collection for this than Stampin’ Up!’s new Whale of A Time Suite.
Check it out 👇
Stampin’ Up! Whale of A Time Suite
The whale of a time suite is a collection of under-the-sea themed products. There’s a stamp set, coordinating punch, an embossing folder, sequins and ribbon. And for my cards today, I used everything but the punch and ribbon.
Here’s a closer look at what I used.
Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Stamp Set
This set has a TON of adorable ocean-themed images along with some really cute and “punny” greetings.
This is a photopolymer stamp set with solid image stamps. However, one of the things I really love, is even though the images are solid, they are textured.
This means that when you stamp the image, you don’t just get a solid block of color. There is variation.
And, when you add in a little gradient sponging like I did with my cards, the results are fabulous!
One of the things that takes this set to a whole new level, is the coordinating patterned paper that Stampin’ Up! offers.
Stampin’ Up! Whale of A Time 6″ x 6″ Patterned Paper Collection
As mentioned in the title, this is a collection of patterned papers that are 6″ x 6″.
There are 48 sheets in all, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. So that gives you 24 different patterns in all. You can see what each pattern looks like HERE.
As you can see from the picture, many of the patterns include ocean life images. But there are also some solid color patterns.
You can cut entire card panels from a whole sheet of paper, or, you can cut out some of the images to use as accents.
For my cards, I did both.
I created 3 cards in all using this suite. The two that you saw in the picture above, as well as the card I created for my Monthly Exclusive Tutorial.
I used pattern 1 as the background in the main panel for my shaker card (exclusive monthly tutorial – see picture below). The remaining strip (2 ⅛” wide) I used for my “Big Deal” card.
Patterns 2 and 3 I used for my second card – “my love is bigger than.” Patterns 2 and 3 are different sides of the SAME paper. So I started by cutting off the top strip from Pattern 2 to use as my “sea floor.” I then flipped the paper over and cut out two different sizes of whales.
Stampin’ Up! Seabed 3D Embossing Folder
The picture you see to the left is the pattern you get when you dry emboss your cardstock with Stampin’ Up!’s Seabed 3D embossing folder.
I embossed a couple of Pool Party cardstock panels for my cards. And I used an inked debossing technique (which I demonstrate in the Exclusive Monthly Video tutorial)
With one panel I used the frame for my shaker card, and then the interior rectangular piece for my “Big Deal” card.
With the second panel, I cut a 2 ¼” high piece for my second “my love is bigger than” card. But for that card, I used the embossed side instead of the debossed side.
You guys, this is such a fun folder! If you like nautical themed or sea-themed cards, then this folder is a must-have!
Playing With Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack
The last product I used on my card is the Coastal Cabana (the light teal color) ribbon you see in this picture.
Although it’s not actually part of the Whale of a Time product suite – it coordinates beautifully with it. It just so happens that I own that ribbon, so I used it.
As you can see, it’s part of a ribbon collection called the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack (which is a part of the Playing with Patterns product suite).
The Whale of a Time Suite does include a Pool Party Sheer ribbon. The only reason I didn’t use it – is because I don’t own it.
Okay, now that you’ve been introduced to the main products I used, let’s take a look at the cards.
Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Card Ideas
Below is a picture of two cards I created using the products I mentioned above. That is in addition to the monthly exclusive tutorial card (I’ll show you a picture later on in this post).
Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Stamp Set | You’re Kind of A Big Deal Card
Here are a couple of close-ups of my first card.
The techniques and elements I used for this card are virtually identical to the techniques I used for the Monthly Exclusive Tutorial. So if you sign up for the tutorial and watch the video, you’ll know everything you need to know to re-create this card too.
Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Stamp Set | “My Love For You Is Bigger”
Here are a couple of close-ups of my second card.
For this second card, I placed a strip of patterned paper (pattern 2 from above) along the bottom. And then I cut the whales out from another pattern (pattern 3 from above).
The remaining elements were stamped (using a sponged gradient technique) plus die cut and watercolored (the seaweed).
So now that I’ve shown you the two cards I made with the Whale Done stamp set, here’s a look at this month’s exclusive tutorial card.
Stampin’ Up! Whale Done August 2020 Monthly Exclusive Tutorial Card
As you can see, this card is a shaker card. For the “shaker” elements I used Whale of a Time Sequins.
The embossed frame used the Seabed 3D embossing folder with an inked debossing technique.
The whale, the thin seaweed and the coral were all stamped with a gradient sponging technique, and then fussy cut.
The larger seaweed was die cut out of watercolor paper using the Smooth Sailing Dies.
For a complete video tutorial and step-by-step PDF handout of this shaker card, make sure you sign up for my email newsletter.
Master List of Supplies Used For The Whale Done Cards
Stamps: Whale Done;
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Garden Green, Pretty Peacock, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze Classic inks; Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay ink refills; Whisper White Craft ink;
Paper: Whisper White CS, Pool Party CS, Whale of a Time DSP, window sheets, watercolor paper;
Accessories: Whale of A Time Sequins, Stitched Shapes die set, Stitched Rectangle die set, Smooth Sailing die set, Seabed 3D embossing folder, water painter, sponge daubers, Tear ‘n Tape adhesive, Foam Adhesive Strips, Tombow Mono Liquid Glue;
How Would You Like To Win One Of These Two Cards?
So friends….how would you like me to mail you one of the two cards I created for this post (shaker card not included)?
All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know which of the two cards you love the most and why. I’ll post the winner in next week’s blog post.
This giveaway is open worldwide.
Shaker card not included because I already gave it to my son for his birthday 😂!
ETA: Giveaway closed (08/13/20)