Stampin' Up! Whale Done Card Ideas

Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Card Ideas

In this blog post, I'll introduce you to the Whale of a Time Product Suite and share with you some card ideas using the Stampin' Up! Whale Done stamp set.
Picture of two cards using the Stampin' Up! Whale Done Stamp Set

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

Picture of Stampin' Up!'s 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

Picture of the patters inside Stampin' Up!'s 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.

Whale of Time Patterned Paper Sea Floor

Pattern 1

Whale of Time Patterned Paper Sea Floor (pattern 2)

Pattern 2

Whale of Time Patterned Paper - Whales

Pattern 3

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

Stampin' Up! Seabed Embossing FolderThe 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

Playful 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).

Picture of two cards created with Stampin' Up!'s Whale Done stamp set

 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.

Stampin' Up! Whale Done | Big Deal Card Stampin' Up! Whale Done | Big Deal Card (close up picture_

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.

Stampin' Up! Whale Done | "My Love For You Is Bigger Than..." Card picture Stampin' Up! Whale Done | "My Love For You Is Bigger Than..." Card picture

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

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)

39 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Whale Done Card Ideas”

    1. Big deal is my favorite! While it is labor intensive, the payoff is spectacular. The technique for gradient color was not one I have used before, but will be in the future. I also love the idea you gave for using the refill inks in the little wells.

  1. Mary Holshouser

    I love the first card. There is so much detail
    and you feel like you are underwater. The
    white on the top of the second card doesn’t
    fit in with the idea of underwater. The whale
    is out of his element. The shaker is fantastic.
    thanks for sharing txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. I love the big deal card. I love the way it’s off centre. I love the colours on it as well. You did a fabulous job!

    1. Great cards that you shared! I am also an ocean lover… salt water, sand and pretty coloured fish.
      I like both cards, but “Love ….the ocean ” is my favourite.

  3. Your work is always so beautiful, clean, and impactful. My favorite of the 2 is the one with the 2 whales because I have 2 boys and because the sentiment of love that is bigger than the ocean couldn’t be more true! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us! 🐳💕🐳

  4. I love the my love card ( even though I love both of them really!) as it would be great to give to my husband for out upcoming 43 rd wedding anniversary – we live on the Gold coast in Australia and are lucky enough to be right on the ocean where he often sees whales going past on their migration!

    1. Great cards that you shared! I am also an ocean lover… salt water, sand and pretty coloured fish.
      I like both cards, but “Love ….the ocean ” is my favourite.

  5. I really like the Big Deal card as it shows the whale under the water swimming around among the seaweed and grasses. I have been watching on TV this week about sharks and how they are attacking people more and more all the time. I have decided I would never swim in the ocean again!!

  6. I love all three of your designs, but if I would choose one it would be “Big Deal Card”.
    I’m still trying to master the “Shaker Card” not there as yet but I keep trying and will look at your video for suggestions.


  7. I love both cards but I have to say that I love the Big Deal card the best. I love the detail and it looks so beautiful I just want to be under water too!

  8. I love both of the cards, but I guess if I had to choose the second one would be the one. They both are so colorful and great ideas for my twin boys’ upcoming 11th birthday next month.

  9. I love the Big Deal card, the stamping, the colors are so great together and also the embossing folder are amazing! I am sure your son loved the shaker card. Happy Birthday to him.

  10. I really enjoy all your cards. I would choose the Big Deal card because I feel it reaches out to more of my friends. Thanks again for your wonderful inspiration.

  11. Debbie Wicklund

    I love the You’re kind of a Big Deal, I think because of all the layers. For someone like me that’s not art talented, this would be a card I could attempt to recreate with some success. I know exactly who I would give it to, my niece who is an ocean ecologist. She would love it! Thank you, Andrea for this giveaway.

  12. Denise Willerton

    Hi Andrea. So glad you’re back!!! I live them both. But if I have to choose one… the big deal card 😊. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  13. I think I like the Big Deal card the best (I like all the layering) – but they are both cute and I would love to receive either one of them.

  14. The You’re Kind of a Big Deal is my favorite because it looks like you’re under the ocean. Thank you so much for the Shaker Card. Can’t wait to get started on it. Love all your cards.

  15. Both cards are gorgeous, Andrea!! But if I had to choose I would pick “My Love For You Is Bigger Than The Ocean” xx

  16. I love love love love this card it is pretty and kind! Awesome !!
    Thank you so much for showing us how to make it..

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