I’m participating in Dare to Get Dirty on Splitcoaststampers this year as a sample maker for a couple of the challenges since I am an alumni of the Dirty Dozen team. Yes, I was on the very first Dirty Dozen Team on Splitcoaststampers, and when I look back at the stuff I thought was good enough to put in the gallery, I am embarrassed! It was the early days of stamping and we were all doing much simpler stuff than we are now. But I flatter myself that I have come a long way from those days!
This particular challenge is hosted by Edna Morrisedie (Edna15) on Splitcoaststampers, and while I can’t give you the details (only for Fan Club members!), I can show you what I made! Lookie:
STINKIN’ CUTE! I was really excited to see this new set from Waffle Flower as I think it’s really unique and fun! This is the time new Christmas sets start showing up in stamp companies’ lines, and this one is taking advantage of the mermaid craze with a mermaid Santa, but I also love all the fish ready to decorate their coral tree.
I stamped all of these fish and the coral tree on Neenah Solar White and used my PixScan sheet with my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out, but if you are interested, there are matching dies for this set, and I have linked them below. I then colored these elements with Copic markers.
I decided to stamp the greeting with Versafine Onyx Black and heat emboss with Altenew’s Translucent Pearl embossing powder, which adds some beautiful sparkle to the greeting which is super hard to catch in a photograph. I cut it out with a little die from Our Daily Bread.
One of the things I added for fun was this hook which I drew in with a Copic Multiliner. One of my favorite Spongebob Squarepants episodes is “Hooky” and I decided to add my own little sly reference to that episode. You can decide if the unseen fishermen at the top are trying catch these fish by dangling a candy cane or maybe they are helping out by lowering decorations to be added.
The background was created with Distress Oxide inks with water sprinkled on to create some bubbles and then spritzed with water with Perfect Pearls to create a beautiful shimmer. I created the sand in a similar way with more Distress Oxide inks. I also added some Wink of Stella to the starfish star and some Sakura Glaze pen to the ornaments and candy canes.
I think this turned out so cute!
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Stampin’ Up! links go to my BFF Wendy Weixler’s store, who does not pay me except in eternal friendship, but you can change to your favorite demonstrator if you prefer. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.