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You're a Ray of Sunshine: Happy Flappy Stamp Set | Pajama Crafter Stamps

Welcome back, crafters! Today, I’m thrilled to share a fun and vibrant underwater card design featuring the Happy Flappy Stamp Set from Pajama Crafter Stamps. This set is perfect for creating cheerful and whimsical cards that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Let's dive in and explore how I brought this underwater scene to life with simple masking techniques and vibrant colors.

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For this project, I used the Happy Flappy Stamp Set by Pajama Crafter Stamps, Tuxedo Black Ink, Neenah White Cardstock, and Ohuhu Honolulu Brush Markers for the stamping and coloring. I fussy cut the images with Cutter-bee Scissors. To create the background, I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Ink, Uncharted Mariner Distress Oxide Ink, Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink, and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink. The sentiment on the card front was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. For layering, I chose coordinating pattern paper from the Sea Life 6 x 6 Pattern Paper by Echo Park and adhered everything to an A2 size card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm 100lbs Cardstock. To attach the pieces, I used liquid glue and foam adhesive, and for a touch of sparkle, I added Arctic Blue Rhinestones from Pajama Crafter Stamps.

You're a Ray of Sunshine Card by Rick Adkins

Creating the Scene

When it comes to crafting, I always find that the magic happens in the details. For this card, I started by stamping the adorable stingray and hammerhead shark from the Happy Flappy Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah White Cardstock. I colored these delightful characters with my Ohuhu Honolulu Brush Markers, which blend beautifully and offer a fantastic range of colors. After coloring, I fussy cut the images using my trusty Cutter-bee Scissors. I always find fussy cutting to be quite relaxing, almost like a mini-meditation session.

Ink Blending the Background

Next, it was time to create the underwater scene. I used a simple hill-shaped mask cut from copy paper to define the sand and sea. For the ocean, I ink blended with Uncharted Mariner, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks on a piece of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. This gradient of blues creates a beautiful, realistic ocean effect. After removing the mask, I blended the sand with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Inks. A pro tip: always blend in circular motions to avoid harsh lines and achieve a smooth transition of colors.

You're a Ray of Sunshine Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Assembling the Card

Once the background was complete, I stamped the sentiment "You're a ray of sunshine" on the card front with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I then layered two pieces of coordinating pattern paper from the Sea Life 6 x 6 Pattern Paper onto my A2 size card base, cut from Neenah Desert Storm 100 lbs Cardstock. This added a nice frame and some extra texture to the card.

Bringing it All Together

To attach the ink-blended background to the card base, I used liquid glue for a strong and seamless bond. Then, I adhered the hammerhead shark with a little liquid glue and added the stingray with foam adhesive to give it some dimension. This layering technique really brings the characters to life and makes the scene pop.

You're a Ray of Sunshine Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Finishing Touches

No card is complete without a bit of sparkle! I finished off the design by adding a few Arctic Blue Rhinestones from Pajama Crafter Stamps around the sentiment. These rhinestones catch the light beautifully and add the perfect finishing touch to the card.

Inside the Card

I love adding a little surprise inside my cards. For this one, I stamped another shark image and a sentiment inside the card with Brushed Corduroy Distress Oxide Ink. It’s a simple touch that adds an extra layer of thoughtfulness.

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(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).

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Final Thoughts

Creating this underwater scene was a joyful experience, and I hope it inspires you to try out some simple masking and ink blending techniques in your own card-making projects. Remember, the key to crafting is to have fun and let your creativity flow.

I’d love to see your take on this design! Share your creations with us and join our crafting community. Happy crafting, and remember, you’re a ray of sunshine!

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Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


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