I wasn't initially thrilled with this suite when I first saw it, but then I looked closer and I saw that adorable fish tank and that's what "sold" me on the suite. I've made several things with the Tranquil Textures Suite since the catalog came out, but I never made the fish tank so I thought Surprise Friday was a good time to do it. But first, I made a couple of the cards featured in the catalog because, why not?
The first card is pretty simple. I started with a Mint Macaron Card Stock card base and layered on a 4" by 5-1/4" sheet of Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper (retiring). I adhered a 3" by 4-1/2" piece of Vellum Card Stock and then built the collage of elements cut from the Under the Sea Framelits. The elements are Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig (retiring), and Mint Macaron Card Stock. I adhered a length of Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled Ribbon (retiring) directly to the card.
I stamped a sentiment from the "Sea of Textures" stamp set in Mint Macaron Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with an oval Stitched Shapes Die. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I made a bow from Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine (retiring) and adhered it to the card with a Glue Dot.
The next card is a shaker card and it wasn't too hard to make. I love the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles (retiring) and I wanted to use them before they retired!
For this card, I started with a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base. I stamped the netting from the "Sea of Textures" stamp set in Crumb Cake Ink on either side of the card.
Next, I cut a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Tranquil Textures DSP (retiring) and adhered it to the same size Whisper White Card Stock so that it would have a bit of weight to support the shaker. I used a Stitched Rectangle Die to Cut out the center of this piece. I used the cut-out Whisper White rectangle to stamp some of the images from the "Sea of Textures" stamp set in Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, and Crumb Cake. I adhered this piece to a 4" b 5-1/4" Whisper White panel so I could adhere it to the back of the shaker.
On the back of the DSP piece, I adhered a 4" by 5-1/4" Window Sheet and then adhered Foam Adhesive Strips around the window. I filled the window with some Tranquil Textures Sprinkles (retiring), pulled the backing off the Foam Adhesive Strips, and adhered the stamped panel. Then I adhered everything to the card base.
To finish the card, I adhered some elements I'd cut with the Under the Sea Dies from Tranquil Tide (retiring) and Mint Macaron Card Stock. I'd also stamped an element in Fresh Fig Ink (retiring) and cut that out with the coordinating die. I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig Ink (retiring) onto Whisper White Card Stock and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I adhered this directly to the card and added a couple of die-cut elements and a bow of Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine (retiring). So fun!
And finally, I made the little fish tank. I cut a 2" by 4" piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and scored it at 2" so it would fit into the bottom and up the back of a Clear Tiny Treat Box. I cut some fish from Soft Sea Foam Card Stock with one of the Under the Sea Dies and adhered them to the insert using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. I cut some elements from Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, and Tranquil Tide (retiring) Card Stock and adhered them to the insert using Snail Adhesive. I filled the bottom of the "tank" with Tranquil Textures Sprinkles (retiring). I closed the box and tied it with a length of Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine (retiring). I stamped a sentiment from the "Sea of Textures" set in Fresh Fig Ink (retiring) onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I adhered this to the "tank" with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. Isn't this adorable?!
PROTIP: The "Sea of Textures" stamp set and Under the Sea Dies can be purchased in a bundle and save 10% over the cost of purchasing them separately--but only until the new catalog comes out. These two items will be in the new catalog, but not as a bundle. So if you want to make these cute projects get them--and the retiring items--now!