The color challenge over at Just Add Ink inspired my latest creation with So Many Shells: Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, and the pop of Lemon Lime Twist. I could envision these shells in the sand, just below the surface of the ocean.

The Ruffled embossing folder was perfect for making the sandy, ocean floor, which would be layered on Whisper White with a Smoky Slate card base. I used Crumb Cake and Lemon Lime Twist Ink to stamp the shells on Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake Marble Designer Series Paper, and I liked the results with the added variation in design. This paper has been retired, but we now have a marble background stamp, so you could make your own. I hand cut the shells, except for the two round ones, which were cut with a perforated Layering Circles die. Since the ocean floor was 3D, I thought, why not make the shells 3D? I put my stylus to work on top of my Stampin Pierce Mat, using small circular motions on the back of each shell.

TIP: Press hard enough to break down the paper fibers, but not so hard that you tear through the paper.

Apply tiny bits of glue just around the edges, and presto! you have your puffed up shells!


“Life is a Beautiful Thing” from Colorful Seasons was the right sentiment for this nature scene. ( I stamped this before embossing). Prior to gluing the art piece down, I attached Linen Thread to the bottom for added interest. The beautiful Glitter Enamel Dots were the last detail. 

If you enjoyed this project, you may also like to see my first card with So Many Shells. I explained why shells are so near and dear to my heart.


So Many Shells Displayed On A Burlap Mat

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