Monday, June 20

Voyage Beneath the Sea

Welcome to Monday and another challenge at Simon Says Stamp! This week our challenge is to use patterned paper in a project. I chose the lovely Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea set to use with my tag. I just love the imaginative and steampunk style of these papers!

I really had a lot of fun working on this tag. At first, all I knew was the paper I wanted to use, but just wasn't sure where I was headed. Then, I started thinking about the lost city of Atlantis and what it might be like to discover it - hence the deep sea diver. But I also thought about all of the unknown magical beauty that just might be hidden in the depths of the ocean, and these images work perfectly to show that.

I started off with stamping some images and blending distress inks into them.

Then, I inked the tag, wanting my lighter colors at the top, and the colors to deepen as we go down into the ocean depths.

Playing with my layout on the tag...a while back I was trying out some new products - Finnabair's rust pastes with Seth Apter's pocket watch die, and I immediately thought of using this. After all, there are a lot of rusty things in the ocean, like old shipwrecks. I wanted a little more dimension with the big image, so fussy cut another fish and layered it on.

I took this shot in the evening and like the dappled light effect - kind of like being underwater.

I just had to add a seahorse to this collage, and Tim Holtz's stamp is a favorite. I went over it with a bit of glitter using Wink of Stella. I also had a brainstorm to find my cheesecloth, color it with some ink, and add that - love it!

You can see how rusty and crusty the die is with the rust pastes.

details, details...don't the beads and sequins from 28 Lilac Lane add a beautiful touch?

I couldn't resist adding a purple bling to the fish's eye!

I really am curious about what is in the ocean and believe there is still a lot to discover. Who knows! Maybe the lost city of Atlantis really does exist? With the way the ocean levels change, I think it's possible!

If you are like me, I am sure you have plenty of patterned paper in your stash, so why not pull some out, do some creating, and join us in this week's challenge? I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. Really beautiful under the sea tag, I get the feeling that the mermaid looks at me!
    Many fine layers, and beautiful graphic45 papers.
    Hugs, Susan

  2. Oh WOW!! what a gorgeous tag! so much detail in here and it was a pleasure to look at all the details, so pretty! :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Maura, this is beautiful! I love the colors and love all the little details on your tag. Gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Beautiful! So many details to LOVE!

  5. Ohhh! This so made me want to go to Atlantis! What great details you've included in this-- especially that amazing rust! I am pretty sure that if you ever decide to give up crafting (please don't, of course), you could make your millions as a set designer because your imagination is fantastic! I would love to see all sorts of Maura Worlds created- I can only guess at the adventures that would occur in such wonderfully creative places!

  6. Maura, Well, it's the other Maura here, and I just wanted to drop by and thank you for your comment on my card at splitcoast! I was so tickled to get a comment from another Maura! I don't know where to start on commenting on your wonderful tag here - the colors, the textures, the design elements - wow, wow!! What a talent you have! Thanks again for stopping by and I am so excited to have won at SSS!

  7. Gorgeous tag, Maura! Love how you assembled!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Love this - a tag full of stories to set the imagination spinning. The mermaid on her golden fish-steed is amazing, and I love the sparkling sequins bubbling up from the sunken cities on the seabed.
    Alison x

  9. Your tag is awesome, Maura. The colors you created and all the embellishments are so fabulous. :)

  10. beautiful tag the mermaid and all the sure captured the feeling of Atlantis and the wonders of the deep...hugs kath xxx

  11. Oh how I love the tag's background! Perfectly melted colors, what an amazing effect! I can't count all the details I love on this small piece of art. I guess I love them all. Every piece of paper, stamp and embellishment is just perfect here. Hugs, Marzena

  12. MAura!!!! I'm in love with this tag!!! I love it so much! Graphic 45 is absolutely stunning paper! Love every every little detail! Wonderful! Barbara

  13. This is fantastic Maura! I love Graphic 45 and their imagery and you've used it to perfection on this tag, capturing a wonderful feel of the deep ocean ~ gorgeous work! x

  14. just a fab idea. very nice


  15. This is amazing. I love the patina you created on the die cut. And what incredible colors and layers.

  16. Wonderful tag, Maura! Great use of the imagery of the paper. Stunning! Hugs, Sandra


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