Be Creative Release Blog Hop

Howdy, crafty friends. I’m thrilled to be part of THIS Blog Hop celebrating THIS new release.

Today’s card share features an acrylic block background technique…

You can watch the video on this technique HERE or click on the video below…

To create this card, I started by creating the background. I applied Distress Ink to THIS extra large acrylic block (that came with the Bubble Background Stamp), spritzed with water, and laid it down on a slimline panel. I put something heavy on it for a few minutes to let it dry a bit. This helps keep the color saturation. When I removed the acrylic block, I was left with a watercolor look background. If you don’t have a large acrylic block, you can also use a piece of acetate for a similar look.

I repeated the process along the bottom of the card to resemble sand with brown distress inks. Next, I applied white ink through THIS stencil towards the top of the card to resemble sun rays. It’s hard to see in the photograph but gives a cool look in real life. Here’s a closer look…

I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set on a banner cut with THIS die. I finished off the card by adhering down images from THIS stamp set that I colored with Copic Markers. I used THESE coordinating dies to cut them out. I applied one of THESE action wobblers to the middle mermaids image to make them wiggle and resemble swimming in the water.

I also applied ink through THIS stencil on the front, left hand side of the envelope to tie everything together…

I hope this inspires you to give this acrylic block technique a try.

Here’s the complete Blog Hop List…

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Laura Bassen

Nichol Spohr

Cathy Zielske

Alberto Gava

Barbara Tarayao

Keisha Charles

Mindy Eggen

Emma Williams

Heather Ruwe

Emily Midgett

Lea Lawson

Sandi MacIver


You can see the entire release HERE. I’ve linked to it below as well as supplies used on today’s cards.

Looking for even more inspiration using THIS release? I shared another project HERE

Simon is so generous and giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop so be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win. Simon Says Stamp will announce winners on their blog on Wednesday. Good luck!

Wait, there’s more…

Use the code ART4U to receive a FREE Handcrafted With Love 3×4 stamp set with any purchase. Valid while supplies last or until 2/19 at 11:59 EST.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ve linked to the entire new release below as well as products used on today’s card.

(Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.)



  1. Nandini Karmarkar
    February 21, 2023

    Love this cute card!

  2. Laura Rozsonits
    February 21, 2023

    Very cute card! Love how you tied the envelope into the design.

  3. Mary Holshouser
    February 21, 2023

    Fun cards. The nautical scenes are
    darling. thanks for sharing.

  4. Heather Jacobs
    February 21, 2023

    Such a sweet card what a fun scene!

  5. Renee Reyes
    February 20, 2023

    Lovely ❤️

  6. Donna L Walls
    February 20, 2023

    This is a precious scene and just right for a SL layout.

  7. Amy Cooley
    February 20, 2023

    Love the mermaids! Wonderful coloring.

  8. Patricia Coleman
    February 20, 2023

    Beautiful and inspirational card from this SSS release!!

  9. Lara Read
    February 20, 2023

    Cute mermaid party!

  10. Sheri Kempke
    February 20, 2023

    I’m in love with the mermaids set–your slimline card is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Leigh Norris
    February 20, 2023

    This stamp set is so adorable! I love it. Very cute card and love the coloring!

  12. Shar Zar
    February 20, 2023

    The background really gives a watery feel for the cute sea characters.

  13. Amy Potts
    February 20, 2023

    This is the cutest most fun card! I loved your video, too!

  14. Jeanne Rice
    February 19, 2023

    So cute. Love it.


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