Kre8tors Blog Hop - Jan. 2022

Hello and welcome to For The Love of Stamping and the Kre8tors January 2022 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is to create anything we want with only current Stampin' Up! products.

So that being said, I have chosen to use the  Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Awesome Otters, which with a $60 net Stampin' Up! order, anyone can earn for free (SAB runs until the end of Feb. 2022). 

My design is geared towards the avid crafter. "Avid" doesn't necessarily mean that it is more difficult to make. It means that it takes more products than a beginner or casual crafter card requires. I have to admit, designing this card was a bit more time consuming than I thought (sometimes I fuss too much - yes I can be my own worst enemy - lol). 

So about the card. I knew that I wanted to show off the stamp set but I wanted to make it look like the otter was under water and just laying the stamped image on top of the Simply Marbleous designer series paper just wasn't "cutting the mustard" for me. 

So how did I achieve the "under water" effect? 

Let me share that with you. But first, here are the list of supplies you will need. Each is hyperlinked to my store to make it easier for you to purchase.


  1. Cut the card base at 8.5" x  5.5" and fold in half to make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.
  2. Cut a White layer @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8". Adhere to card base.
  3. Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Balmy Blue cardstock. 
    1. Using the Layering Diorama dies (3rd largest), cut in the center of this layer.
    2. Then emboss with the Splatters EF.
  4. Using the same size of Layering Diorama die from step 3, cut 1 more from Simply Marbleous DSP.
    1. Using the same piece of DSP die cut a "frame" using the next size (2nd largest) of the dies. Just lay the die over the opening you created when you cut the layer in step 4.
  5. Adhere the blue Simply Marbleous die cut on the white layer of the card front. 
    1. To ensure you have it lined up properly, place the Balmy Blue layer from step 2 on the card front first and place the Simply Marbleous layer  inside the opening of the Balmy Blue layer. 
    2. Adhere the frame from step 4.1 around the opening of the Balmy Blue layer - set aside for now. We will attach this to the card front later.
  6. Using the Layering Diorama dies from step 3, cut 1 window sheet  and emboss with the Splatter 3D EF. Set aside for now.
  7. Die cut 2 Supple Shimmer (blue) and 1 Simply Marbleous (Bumble Bee) sea plants (Smooth Sailing dies).
    1. Adhere one of the Supple Shimmer to the Bumble Bee layer (off-set) and then adhere to the left side of the blue Simply Marbleous layer (on the card front).
  8. Adhere the Balmy Blue (top) layer (from step 5.2) to the card base.
  9. Stamp the otter and color with Stampin' Blends (Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight).
    1. Fussy cut the otter and adhere as shown in picture.
  10. Adhere the window sheet layer with glue dots to the opening, giving the illusion of under water.
  11. Adhere the 2nd Supple Shimmer sea plant to the right side of the card as shown in picture. 
  12. Stamp greeting on Bumble Bee Simply Marbleous DSP and die cut with the Layering Diorama dies (smallest die) - I have die cut the greeting twice to make the area around the greeting smaller.
    1. Adhere with dimensionals as shown in picture.
  13. Add the Faux Sea Glass shapes as shown in picture.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoy my tutorial and would love to hear from you if you gave this card a try.
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  1. Such an adorable card! I love the little critter, and all the attention to detail you put into this project!

  2. So cute! I have yet to use these otters! Or this paper - great combination.

  3. Aww such a cute card Tracie. I love the layers creating a watery scene. Now I know what the otter who visited our pond looked like xx

  4. Fantastic under the water project Tracie!💕

  5. What a cute card love how you have combined these sets x