Are you a fan of the deep? A fan of the mysterious depths of the oceans? Who knows what is lurking down there, watching us, waiting… It is with that mystery and that sense of anticipation that something might be hunting us, that inspires so many of us.

This might be why I love Octopuses (or is it Octopi?) and Squid. They are intensely intelligent and incredibly mysterious. We don’t always see them, or all of them, they thrive in our mythology and our fiction stories. They haunt our dreams and nightmares, and this delights me! Also, they are just plain cool! Watch them move, change, and manipulate their surroundings!

Kindred Stamps recently came out with our Mythical Kracken set, which I CRAZY love! Especially the punny joke in the set! I created 3 cards for this set and did some gentle decorating on the inside with some stencils and ink on one of them.

This card uses the Altenew Layered Medallion Dies A and B, Yupo Paper, and Alcohol Ink to do the bulk of the work. Yupo paper die cuts like a dream, and I did my ink blending before I die cut the paper. These were adhered to some watercolor paper (Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper) that I’d painted with various dye inks and shimmery watercolor paint. Before my Ranger Multi Matte Medium fully dried, I intertwined the tentacles of my creature amongst the finer parts of the die. I LOVE this look, it looks like this mysterious creature is rising up from the depths.

This card was a mess, and I almost didn’t include it. I’d used this stencil by Neat and Tangled to mask certain areas of my watercolor paper and then sprinkled Colorburst inks over the top. Spritz the Colorburst with water, lift the stencil, and see the magic!

I used the same stencil to mask a blue/green paper, but I just used dye inks and dusted over the paper surface. On this piece of paper, I cut a round opening using the Never Ending Circle Dies by Kat Scrappiness. I layered a piece of vellum over my Colorburst paper, then layered the colored paper on top of that, using Scor-Tape to keep everything down.

Using the same Never Ending Circle Dies and the Wonky Wavy Stitched Circle Dies also by Kat Scrappiness I created a “portal” looking circular piece of paper with a large opening. I used the same set up to cut a circular piece of fun foam with the same large opening. Between the paper and the foam, I used Scor-Tape to adhere them to a sheet of acetate. I added sequins from the Cerulean Fairy Shaker Pack and then taped that “portal” down.

The edge of the “portal” did not line up perfectly with my pre-cut/taped paper. In fact, that section was ALL a mess and where this card nearly failed. Eventually I “fixed” this by applying some Ranger Multi Matte Medium along that gap and covering the glue with some glitter. I’ve been assured that this doesn’t look nearly as bad as I worry it does.

I used more dye-based inks and the same stencil on the inside and stamped the punchline of the front’s joke. I just LOVE how this finished the card off!

For this card, I stamped my image using Versafine Ink onto Watercolor Paper, then I painted the ship using Distress Inks. I “smooshed” Distress Ink onto the panel, trying to go for a creative hombre look. Then I stamped by sentiment using Versamark Ink and Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder.

I love the look of a giant tentacle coming up from the depths to capture a ship! Creepy!

These cards were just a joy to work on, I loved working on the stamp set with my partners at Kindred Stamps, and I can’t wait to see what you create it!

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