Studio Katia Blog Hop: Under the Sea

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials168 Comments

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I’m happy to be part of Studio Katia’s May Release blog hop today and I have a card that is making me very happy because I believe it falls into the “Oh, for cuuuuuute!” category. If you’ve just arrived here from Anna’s blog, welcome to my little corner of the internet! Now let’s jump into the card project.

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I’m using some brand new releases from Studio Katia today! The Under the Sea stamps and coordinating dies, as well as the Brush Stroke Waves Stencil. This new stamp set is packed with adorable sea creatures, sea plants and bubbles, as well as fun sentiments. And the stencil can be used for all sorts of projects! I’m going to be dry embossing with it today.

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I knew this would be a perfect set for some simple Copic coloring. I’m still pretty green with coloring, but I chose a simple rainbow of colors to create a rainbow of sea creatures for my card.

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After creating some card panels with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink, I used the Brush Stroke Waves Stencil to dry emboss my panel for  subtle wave texture. I actually ended up doing two cards, one has the de-boss effect, and one has an emboss effect. I simply flipped my panel over to create the former, as you’ll see in my video today.

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The card of the left features the de-boss; the card on the right, the emboss. Also, I used Majestic Confetti to simulate bubbles on the first card, and the bubble stamps that are included in the Under the Sea set for the card on the right. My goal was to create a simple rainbow of sea creatures that moved from top to bottom on the page. On my second card, I love how the bubbles form a visual triangle on the page, connecting the design.

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The texture from the dry emboss technique is really cool! Here is my complete video covering how I made the first card. (Click on the title in the video to watch on YouTube!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and check out all the info below on the Blog Hop today!

BLOG HOP DETAILS: Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 (CAD) Gift Certificates for each day of the hop. That’s four chances to win! Winners will be chosen randomly from comments left on all blogs on the hop! Winners will be announced on June 3 on the Studio Katia blog. Ready to hop? Here’s the list for today!


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Cathy ZielskeStudio Katia Blog Hop: Under the Sea

168 Comments on “Studio Katia Blog Hop: Under the Sea”

  1. #2

    Your duo of Under the Sea themed cards is absolutely sensational and delightfully a-dor-a-ble! The faces on those creatures make me smile! Thank you for the video; such fun to watch the magic unfold! Your amazing creativity has convinced me: I ‘need’ these sets!

  2. #5
    Sonia J

    Beautiful cards!! I love the coloring and the de-bossed /em-bossed look you created, anyhow you da-boss of card making so yeah the cards you created are awesome! lol 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  3. #17
    Erica Marroquin

    I adore under the sea themed cards. They’re some of my favorites and I love the sting ray in this set. Gorgeous cards as usual. Love your style. Thanks for sharing

  4. #18

    It looks (and sounds) like you had a lot of fun making the underwater card. Enjoyable to watch and listen.

  5. #24
    Marie Maksud

    so beautiful cards. Thank you to share them and participate to 2nd anniversary of studio katia

  6. #25

    Your cards are adorable. Your tip I will use often! I have never seen that in another video. Thank you for sharing.

  7. #27


    I can’t believe nobody’s said it yet. so I’ll have to. I mean it’s an open goal I *have* to.

    You are de boss.

  8. #33
    Lauryne Cunningham

    These stamps and stencil are awesome! You did a great job with these cards. I just love sea scenes! I will definitely try your alignment tip!

  9. #37
    June Ramsamy

    Love the way you used the stencil, so clever and effective. Your Copic colouring is great…keep practicing, that’s what I’m doing. Thanks for sharing xxx

  10. #41
    Teresa DeWitt-Pierce

    There are few things that make me as happy as the beach and your cards are so bright and fun! and as you said “cuuuuuuute!” Really enjoying the hop and seeing all the fabulous creations – thank you so much for sharing your talents with us all!

  11. #45
    Viveca V.

    Sea theme cards always make me think of summer- and summer has arrived!
    Love the colors, the cute sea life images and that blue background with texture.

  12. #49

    So glad your on the Hop! Very creative site that i can appreciate! Super fun! Love the vibrant colors in your card, thanks for sharing- hoping to check out your site in the future 🙂

  13. #53
    Lindar C

    Great tip for getting the sentiment strip straight! These cards are SO cute! I don’t worry about shading with my comics, I just have fun. Studio Katia has some fantastic embellishments.

  14. #54
    Wendi J

    Cute card. Really like the deboss look with the stencil. Never seen that before, so I am going to look thru my stencils and try this. Thanks for sharing.

  15. #57
    Penny Walker

    Great card! Love your enthusiasm and inspiration that you share on your videos. Thank you.

  16. #62
    Robin Brothen

    I absolutely LOVE your voice overs!! Beautiful cards – that stencil embossing trick is cool!

  17. #74
    Patt H.

    Love those cute little Under the Sea creatures! Your cards are fabulous! The Wave stencil is so versatile & I think it’s needed in my stash!

  18. #77
    Carolyn S

    Wonderful cards – love the happy vibrant sea scenes. The Ray is my absolute favorite. Great video – especially for those of us who join you on the relatively new spectrum.

  19. #81
    Denise Bryant

    Awesome cards! Love the stamp set you used with all the cute sea creatures! And the stencil is awesome for the water effect!

  20. #82
    Beatrix Revhelyi

    So lovely cards, thank you for sharing them! I’ve never used stencils this way, thank you for the idea! Happy 2nd anniversary Studio Katia!

  21. #83
    Clarissa Vicencio-Wickens

    Lovely cards. Happy Anniversary Studio Katia. Loving your new release. So much variety.

  22. #84
    Shelly P

    Love this Birthday Fishes set and stencil! You creatively brought them to life with your colorful design! Had to laugh at the little goofs…just trimmed my panel too small the other day…so thanks for making me laugh and feel much better! : )

  23. #87
    Lisa Says

    Your first undersea cards are fantastic 🙂 What a great way of using this stencil ! And the debossed one is also my favourite even though I do love the second one too 🙂 So lovely critters by the way 🙂 Thanks for the video and all the tips !

  24. #88
    Mary B.

    So glad I found your site. Beautiful card and beautiful blog. Nice job! Your underwater card is my favorite so far.

  25. #89
    Mary B.

    I’m so glad I found your site. Beautiful card and beautiful blog. Your under the sea card is my favorite so far.

  26. #90
    Patrizia Beck

    Those stamps are so cute … I think it’s time I got some Copic markers, the colours are amazing!

  27. #98
    Julia D.

    What cute cards! Love that sentiment – brings a giggle. Really like how you created the backgrounds and your coloring of the creatures!

  28. #99
    Cindyellen Robinson

    love the cards. love the details. love your autobiography. i too need silence (and dark) to sleep. ain’t happening. and who knew embossing could be so much fun???

  29. #103

    Your cards are beautiful ! I love the idea of an underwater rainbow. And it’s great to see the difference between the embossed and the debossed background. Thank you for sharing.

  30. #106
    marcia m

    Wow! Your cards are amazing & your video is informative & fun! Thank you.
    Love Studio Katia!

  31. #107
    Sue Smith

    Fabulous cards. I really like the stingray stamp and can’t wait to use it on some cards. Your coloring is terrific. 🙂

  32. #111
    Ashley Hall

    You’re blog is so clean and crisp, really refreshing and not overwhelming. Your cards are so stinking adorable. I love the blue you achieved on your cards, they’re not washed out or too dark! I LOVE your fish-tactic cards!

  33. #115
    Sophie Farah

    I just love how you used the stencil to create that subtle wave like debossed background!! Really creative and such a great reminder to stretch the life of the products we buy. I also just love the bright primary colors you used – thank you so so much for sharing your creativity with us! 🙂

  34. #116
    Cathy Lillie

    So cute! Your cards turned out fabulous! The sea creatures are my favorite stamp set from this release – the jellyfish and puffer are adorable! Loved the dry embossing of the stencil. This is something I always forget about trying.

  35. #119
    Anita Sorensen

    Thanks for the reminder that stencils can be used to dry emboss. The waves are perfect embossed.

  36. #122

    Beautiful card! Love the dry embossing of the stencil. One of my favorite techniques! Great release. Congrats on 2 years!

  37. #124
    Monica w

    This is such a fun set, I like the idea of dry embossing with the stencil. Thank you for sharing! ☺

  38. #125
    Annette Gordon

    All those underwater images are so cute. Love the stencils and all that you did with them to go with the images.

  39. #133
    Deb Hardy

    Oh, the fish in the Under the Sea set are so adorable. Love how you used the fabulous waves stencil to dry emboss. Thanks for inspiring me.

  40. #134
    jen forster

    Fantastic! Love these fish – they are so cute. Your embossing really added a cool effect on the background

  41. #138
    Pat Holcomb

    Watch that “schmutz”! Your video was so much fun to watch. You are so “hooman” and humorous. You make the mistakes we all do and had fun just the same. Love your backgrounds – so clever using the stencil as an embossing tool. The new release from Katia is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  42. #139
    Beth Williams

    Simply delightful! I expected nothing less. I go way back with you to when you quit smoking!

  43. #140
    Arianna Barbara

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I’m totally in love for your adorable cards!!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful sea themed ideas!

  44. #142
    Andrea Hastilow

    Beautiful scenic cards, so bright and cheerful, love the sea creatures you’ve coloured them so bright and cute, thank you for all the information in the video x

  45. #143
    Denise Mlady

    Such fun cards! I love watching your videos. It is cool to see how much you have learned in just a year.

  46. #148
    Cassandra Macvicar

    Love your sea creature card! I really liked how you used the stencil to de-boss that subtle pattern to your background. It is always a treat to see your videos.

  47. #154
    Amy Brown

    Oh em goodness. I am so happy that you are apart of this blog hop! I love the card you created, and your video was so entertaining! I think you are doing a wonderful job for someone “new to this” 🙂 Do you have any addition tips for a newbie copies colorer? I just ordered my first set and they’re coming in this week! Eeeeek! Happy dance 🙂

  48. #158
    Liz Ford

    Your card(s) is very cute. I really like that you showed us multiple ways to utilize our products! Very efficient and helpful! Great coloring with the Copics. FABULOUS!

  49. #167
    F. Andre

    Ocean-themed cards are some of my favourite and yours make these products shine. Thanks for sharing the technique video.

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