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Waving hello!

Waving hello ... because that's the "new normal," right?

For this fun card, I used several Lawn Fawn stamp sets ...

The mermaid, rock, shell and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's mermaid for you stamp set (and coordinating dies).

I used black ink and clear embossing powder to make the sentiment pop out against the background.

The whale and splash are from my new favorite stamp set: get well (and coordinating dies) ... perfect for many cards in this weird stage of life!

The octopus is from the mini octopi my heart stamp set (and coordinating dies).

The scuba diver and coral/seaweed accessories are from the you are sublime stamp set (and coordinating dies).

To make the card's background, I first went wild with distress oxide inks (in broken china and mermaid lagoon) on Bristol smooth card stock.  I added flicks of water and acrylic paint I had on hand to add interest.  While I had my inks out (and my fingers dirty ... or is that just me??), I swiped a layer of vintage photo distress oxide ink on Bristol smooth card stock and added flicks of acrylic paint and metallic water colors for the sandy sea floor.  Next, I used the Lawn Fawn stitched circle dies to cut four "peekaboo" windows into a layer of tropical shimmery card stock.  I layered a dark blue card stock background with the distress oxide layer and the cutout layer to create the scene, tucking my characters into the circles (I tried to balance the grays and other colors on diagonals).  I finished the card with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (for the mermaid tail), glossy accents (for the heart bubbles and scuba diver's mask), a white gel pen and some Trinity Stamps bubble gems.

At this point, the best we can do is wave hello ... I hope this card will bring some smiles to a friend and encourages you to send some smiles and waves of your own!

Stay safe, crafty friends!


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