Hi there stampers!  So my preorder finally arrived from the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog from Stampin Up!  I was so excited for all the new products but was particularly excited about this new bundle called Sea of Textures.  I love the images in this stamp set along with the coordinating dies.  I also used one of the new revamped colors in my background – Coastal Cabana.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper and created this gorgeous background using Costal Cabana and Lemon Lime Twist inks.  I always start my watercolor backgrounds by applying clean clear water and then lightly add color until I get the depth of color I am looking for.  I then added ink splatters of those same colors along with splatters of clear Wink of Stella.  I then stamped the octopus using Mango Melody (new color) and added with my finger Poppy Parade along with edges of the stamp.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut out the netting from Sahara Sand and several of the sea weed designs from vellum.  I used my Stampin’ Blends to color the vellum die cuts.  

#sneakpeek of new product from the upcoming #2018annualcatalog from #stampinup using the new bundle #seaoftextures and a #watercolorbackground with #coastalcabana and #lemonlimetwist inks

I used the same dies to emboss some images into my watercolor panel.  You can do this by using the new embossing mats from the new catalog (another sneak peek!!).  I then added all the die cuts to the front of the panel and added the sentiment.  The entire panel was adhered to a top folding card base made from thick Whisper White.  

There are so many amazing new products in the annual catalog that I can’t wait to place another order on June 1st!  Do you have your new catalog?  If not, I’d love to be your demonstrator and send you one!  Just send me an email and I’ll get one in the mail to you.