When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 221, I immediately knew what stamp set and Designer Specialty Paper (DSP) I wanted to use. I’ve been in love with this octopus from Sea Street since it was introduced, and every time I look at him, he makes me smile.
Here is the sketch by Nicole Watt that inspired my card. I like this sketch because there is so much you can do with it, as you’ll see from the Gallery. I saw cards where artists had even just snipped certain parts of DSP and put them in the squares, so this will be a great go-to sketch for everyone.
Cutting a circle into four equal parts isn’t easy, but I have a tip to help. I measured my base piece, divided that measurement in half, and placed a strip of cardstock at the halfway line where I should rest my circle edge.
After the first cut was done, it was even easier to cut those two pieces in half, because I rested them with the flat edge against the top of my trimmer, and again, rested the edge against my cardstock that indicated the half way mark.
Now, the fact that I didn’t line up Mr. Octopus perfectly on my circle mat is another issue, but really, isn’t an octopus squishy anyway? Whose to say that my octopus didn’t look lopsided when I spied him through my submarine porthole! He is adorable regardless.
I originally thought I’d just make a square version, but I do like the round version better for this card. I think if I’d backed the Real Red DSP square of the octopus in white, so the candy dots stood out better, it would have been an almost even match.
Please don’t ask what type of knot I used. I just purposely tied something that looked lumpy and nautical. I untwisted the ends of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine (only available in the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit) to make them look tattered. The card colors are Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Night of Navy.
Things to know:
Even though the coordinating color for the DSP is Coastal Cabana, I used Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, because it ends up looking like it matches, as long as it isn’t right next to Coastal Cabana.
The Whisper White octopus background is color washed in Coastal Cabana, using an Aqua Painter. You really need to use a high quality cardstock like Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White, or you wont be able to spread the ink nicely. Ask me how I know.
I used the sentiment from Hello Love, a Hostess only set (only a hostess can purchase the set, and it is a discounted price). Hostesses earn free and discounted products with a qualifying workshop. Let me know if you’d like to host a workshop for me!
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