Friday, September 3, 2010

Starfish Project

Well I was very excited to have my first official guest designer post over on the Artistic Outpost blog today!  I decided to pull out my Beyond the Sea set and create a starfish card. 

I started with creating a starfish shape.  After a few sketches I decided to trace a circle from the bottom of my glass onto white cardstock. I free-handed a leg of the starfish. I used the starfish stamp and a real starfish (dried out) from the kids bathroom as my inspiration. After I had created one leg, I cut it out and used it to trace the outline on the circle five times. That became my template.

Here is the starfish:

  1. Cut out starfish shape.
  2. Stamp Image of the couple using brown pigment ink. Color using watercolor and distress edges with brown dye ink.
  3. Stamp multiple shells and sea creatures using brown pigment ink. Sponge with Scattered Straw Dye Ink. Sponge edges with brown dye ink.
  4. Stamp music using brown pigment ink repeatedly across starfish.
  5. Sponge gold dye ink across entire starfish.
  6. Sponge edges of starfish with brown dye ink. Sponge using sea sponge brown dye ink to add a texture.
  7. Add touches of light blue to starfish by coloring light blue and blending with waterbrush.
  8. Versamark all images and starfish and heat emboss using clear embossing powder. Repeat if needed to get smooth surface.
  9. Tie twine around surface of starfish.
  10. Layer couple in boat and other images onto starfish using pop dots and glue dots.
  11. Accent clams with light blue pearls.
Now after that was done..... I decided I wanted a backdrop for my starfish and I created this:

I love the effect of the tool as it looks like water rippling and added a few pearls for the bubbles. I didn't have a frame so I will need to get one to put this in so I can hang it up. It goes with the decor in the den perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed the little starfish!

Thanks for stopping by.. Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. What a stunning project! Just love this seaside theme and your use of stamps!
    Thanks for giving us so much inspiration!

  2. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I just drooled all over myself, what a fantastic project Suz! You sure made my day! How do you do it all? and still have time tocome up with such fantastic art?!! wiping up drool now...xxoo

  3. That is just stunning! Love all the extra details, it will look wonderful framed in your den!

  4. A masterpiece! You have really captured a moment in time - love it, Sue!

  5. Wow Sue, amazing project! The starfish looks absolutely fantastic - brilliant design and details! I love the colour of the bg and the tulle and sprinkling of beads! Just wonderful!

  6. OhMyGoodness.....just like Lin said...this is a Masterpiece! with amazing details!

  7. Suzanne, this is so amazing! I thought the first photo was fabulous enough, with the wonderful starfish! Love all the different elements and inking! Then I scroll down and see the background. . .wow! So gorgeous with the tulle and pretty pearls! Love this!

  8. Love this, Suzanne! I saw it go by on the AO blog and had to come and take a closer look, as well as read the how-to's (thanks so much for sharing, as always - so much better to learn new things!). It's so very stunning and beautiful! TFS

  9. Jaw-dropping gorgeous!!!!!!!!Indeed, a MASTERPIECE!

  10. Wow! This is a fabulous creation, Sue! It is stunning on its own but love the backdrop even more.. how wonderful to be able to enjoy it in your home!

  11. Oh yeah! That tulle definitely is the perfect back drop for your starfish. Awesome stamping and the way you've embellished is just erfect! Fantastic Suzanne!

  12. So pretty! The tulle adds so much! Stunning!

  13. Miaaaa Mother, who have imagination, is beautiful this work, the first time I see it, of course, tell you that I admire you more every day.
    Happy weekend.

  14. beautiful Sue. so innovative, love your choice of background which so compliments the starfish

  15. wowowowo this is awesome!!!!!! so wonderful meeting you at CHA and thanks for all of your tips

  16. Stunning love this so much being a July person and sunshine fanatic!! Such a great idea.

    Love Ann xxx

  17. Fabulous! You put so much thought and detail into everything you do. Another masterpiece!

  18. What a great starfish and the couple just really is great with it! Who would know! You are such a creator! That tulle is just a lovely effect for the starfish too!

  19. this is so fun and inspiring, Sue!! wonderful project!


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