by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspired by Hawaii

Created by Stacey Cogswell
Copyright Stampin'Up!
 Many of you may already know this, but in case you didn't......I was very blessed to have the opportunity recently to spend the entire month of January in Hawaii with my family  and it was wonderful.  We got to see and do so many amazing things with the bonus of not having to live through the freezing weather back home!  Since my return home I've been in love with creating cards about the ocean!  I've actually always loved the ocean, but I found that it's way more fun in Hawaii than in Oregon....hummm go figure!  Anyway, over the next several posts I'm going to share with you some of these "ocean" inspired creations.  This first card was actually created some time ago, but I never go around to posting it.  Can you figure out how I made the jelly fish?  No, it's not some kind of fancy hand cutting (I'm not that crazy!) and it's not a pre-made have you figured it out yet?  It's the lid piece from the Cannery Set Framelits!  Yes, you have to think outside the box on this one, but isn't cool!  Add a little shading*, some ruffled ribbon* and little "water" and you've got an amazing card.

Products used:
Stamp set: Pursuit of Happiness (pg. 140)
Card stock: Pool Party, Whisper White and Perfect Plum
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pool Party and Basic Black
Extras: Corner rounder punch, Cannery Framelits with Big Shot, Taffeta ribbon and Fancy Fan Embossing folder.

* Shading Note:  For the background piece I used a wavy template and a sponge with ink to create the look of waves.  I then spritzed it with water to create the "bubbles" on the paper.  When you add water over an ink area, the water will remove some of the ink and create spots.  For the jelly fish I used an oval punched piece of paper as a mask and sponged ink in toward the center to create a 3-D effect.
* Ruffled Ribbon note:  I took a wide piece of white taffeta ribbon split it into stripes and then VERY CAREFULLY heat the ribbon with my heat tool.  The heat caused the ribbon to curl, but if you're not careful the ribbon will burn.

Have a great day!


  1. I absolutely love this...I am a great fan of jellies and have to try making one of these cards.....who would have ever guessed that the lid from our jar would make a beautiful jelly top! Thank you very much for sharing!

  2. Carol,

    Thank you for the kind words. One of my favorite things to do is to come up with creative ideas using dies. I will cut out the shape and just look at it. It's a amazing what you can "see" when it's all by it's a jelly fish! Enjoy!