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Can’t Wait To Sea You: Salty Air Stamp Set | Square Card Design | The Rabbit Hole Designs

Hello, crafty friends! Today, I’m thrilled to share a delightful card project that will transport you to the serene seaside. We’ll be using the charming Salty Air Stamp Set from The Rabbit Hole Designs to create a whimsical 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card with a unique circle window design. This card is perfect for any occasion where you want to send a wave of happiness. Let’s dive right in!


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Can’t Wait To Sea You:

Supplies List

Before we get started, here’s a quick rundown of the supplies you’ll need for this project:


Can't Wait to Sea You Square Card by Rick Adkins

Step-by-Step Instructions

Creating the Card Base and Window

To start, we need a solid foundation. Cut your card base to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". Next, take the Everlasting Circle Dies and position them in the center of the 4" x 4" card front panel. Once your circle is cut, you’ll have a lovely window to peek through.


Pro Tip: When die-cutting, secure your die with washi tape to prevent it from shifting. This ensures a perfectly centered cut every time.


Can't Wait to Sea You Square Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Ink Blending the Background

Now for some fun with inks! We’re going to create a gradient background that mimics the beautiful colors of the ocean. Blend Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Inks in a circular motion. This technique gives a smooth transition between colors.


I remember the first time I attempted ink blending – it felt like magic as the colors seamlessly melded together. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect on the first try; practice makes perfect.


Pro Tip: Use a light touch and build up the color gradually. It’s easier to add more ink than to remove it.


Can't Wait to Sea You Square Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Stamping the Sentiment


With your background ready, it’s time to add the sentiment. Using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and the Rotating Stamp Platform, stamp the sentiment around the circle window. The stamp platform is a lifesaver for this technique, ensuring precise placement every time.


Pro Tip: Rotate your card front in the platform, not the stamp, for an even and professional look.


Coloring and Stamping the Images

Now for the stars of our card – the mermaid and anchor! Stamp these images from the Salty Air Stamp Set. Using Artisto Premium Watercolor Pencils, color your stamped images. Watercolor pencils are fantastic because they offer vibrant colors and are easy to blend.


I’ve always loved coloring with watercolor pencils. They bring back memories of childhood art classes, where each color choice felt like a new adventure.


Pro Tip: Layer your colors and use a damp brush to blend for a smooth, watercolor effect.

Can't Wait to Sea You Square Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Assembling the Card

It’s time to bring everything together. Adhere the ink-blended background behind the circle window using a strong adhesive. Arrange and attach the colored mermaid and anchor images around the window to create a cohesive scene.


Pro Tip: Use foam tape for some elements to add dimension and make your card pop.


Final Touches and Tips

Your card is nearly complete! Add any finishing touches you like – perhaps some sequins or a touch of glitter for extra sparkle. I love adding a bit of shimmer; it catches the light beautifully and adds that special touch.


Feel free to experiment with different ink colors or embellishments to make this design your own. The possibilities are endless, and each card you create will be uniquely yours.


(Wondering what I used in this project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).


Can't Wait to Sea You Square Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create your own sea-themed card. The Salty Air Stamp Set from The Rabbit Hole Designs is so versatile and fun to work with. I can’t wait to see your creations, so be sure to share them with me! Happy crafting, and remember, every card you make is a little piece of art that spreads joy to others.


Feel free to leave any questions or comments below, and don’t forget to check back for more card-making inspiration. Until next time, happy crafting!


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














Rick Adkins


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