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August 19, 2019

Paper Towel Oceans

Hello Stamplings!

I'm not sure about that title. Have you seen the reports lately about the crap they are recovering from our oceans? I guess a lot of the debris is from ocean liners just dumping their trash in the sea for decades. That can't be right, can it? I'm glad humanity is learning little by little how critical our natural resources are to future generations, so we don't end up with paper towel oceans and no peoples.

Here in our card-making corner of the universe, we make pretty things with our paper towels!

Onefer
As long as I had all my nautical stamps and dies out, I made a coupla other cards for other challenges. I used Lolly's paper towel technique for this card. (Lolly taught this technique at the 2019 ESCR.)  I mopped up Brusho ink with a paper towel and pressed it onto a mixed media panel. If you look closely, you can see the little dot design of the paper towel. The happy popped-up whale from PTI was given a second offset black layer for a shadow and Hammy added a googly eye to bring him to life. The wave die is from Simon Says Stamp.

Challenges
  • CAS Mix Up: Paper Towels. I used a paper towel, plus stamping, plus Brushos. There are videos about this technique on the site.
  • Paper Players: CAS PP455. Any cards for kids.
  • Sweet Stampers: Dies and/or punches.
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Twofer
Using the piece that remained after I die-cut the panel for my first card, a sediment sticker Hammy picked out, and a Crop-a-dile, I made this super QACAS birthday card for any age and any gender. Shazambam!

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63 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Love the cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Aquarius said...

Two super 'sea' cards. A very effective and handy technique.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Your so right about the dumping of debris Darnell it's a worrying thing with our Children being left to clean up the mess that is destroying our world. Brusho's really do love the absorbency of those tissues, those die cuts really set the scene. Fab twofer with an extra cute addition of a googly eye..
I evaluate everything I craft with now and even more so what I throw away.
Have a super week, creative hugs & wishes Tracey xx
P.S I love boneless chicken :D

Sandra H said...

Hi Darnell unbelievably what is being recovered so sad at times especially when it effect the sea life your card though makes up for it...it’s so lovely xx

Lia said...

Two great 'sea' cards. I like the blue tones!
Lia xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Darnell what stunning cards - and so glad Hammy is helping - his placement of the eye on the whale is perfect, and the sedmiment of the second card is appropriate - give him a rub from me and tell him how well he is doing.
Loving your use of the paper towels.
Blessings
Maxine

Nikki Spencer said...

I love this fun and creative card Darnell! The Brusho/paper towel technique really does create a very ocean vibe. Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!!Love the effect of the papertowel for the ocean water!! Amazing both! I have to try this technique!

Lisa said...

They're both so gorgeous!! I love the colors and the technique you used!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great technique, and I must try! Thanks.

Viv said...

Two fab sea cards Dolly Daydreams. x

Marilyn said...

Cute cards! Awesome technique!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Carol L said...

I've been aware of our trash being dumped into the ocean, but watching 60 minutes the other night brought to light just how serious this problem is! I agree, we must all do better! Anyway, back to the card - what a great technique with the paper towel and I love the resulting card. It's so clever how you inserted the sentiment into the waves - what a fun look!

Carol L said...

I almost missed the boneless chicken and safe text graphics - too funny :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

very sweet with a fab background Darnell
Gr Karin

Chantell Randall said...

Lovely scroll dies. Your paper towel technique makes a very effective pattern on your card. Chantell Just Add Ink

Bonnie said...

While I'm not for throwing paper towels into the ocean, I'm all for taking a gorgeous mop up towel and making an ocean for a card! Beautiful colors and patterns! What vibrant colors, my friend! The whale looks very happy! And your twofer ocean scene is a fantastic QACAS! Shazambam for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

Bunny said...

Beautiful colors on the cards. Once I got to the end and saw the boneless chicken and safe text pictures I lost most of my train of thought. Not hard to do these days anyway. Loved these. They are so funny.

I wonder if our oceans will ever be as clean and pristine as years earlier. We won't be able to eat anything out of the ocean if we can't keep it clean. [Bunny]`

Betty said...

what cute and creative ways to use the paper towel technique, Darnell - love both of them!

Brenda in IN said...

Brushos made perfect colors for your waves and the colors are gorgeous on both cards. Fish are dying with plastic inside them and getting trapped in the ocean debris. I'm glad to see so much attention is now being given to make people more aware. I'm aware, I just can't seem to get to the ocean. I love the safe text information. There is a stamp that says "Lets eat grandma". Use commas. "Lets eat, grandma".

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful paper towel creations. They really do look like the ocean with those fabulous colors. I don't use paper towels much but just might have to ink up some more often now.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great cards, Darnell xoxo

nancy littrell said...

Your paper towel ink transfer turned out great, Dolly! The perfect colors for a seascape. Loved how Hammy brought the cute whale to life with a googly eye:-)

Fun QCAS 2nd card with your leftovers too:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

Cat Craig said...

And what the oceans ingest we too eventually do. Your paper towel oceans are fabulous.

JoAnn said...

Love the cute whale with his googly eye. Your paper towel ocean looks great. TFS

Pat said...

You have managed to transfer the ink beautifully from your paper towel Darnell and I love the colours, and what a sweet die cut whale and he has certainly got his googly eye on something or someone...lol, and a wonderful idea to put the words in amongst the waves. What pretty slightly larger waves on the leftover piece, and the simple sentiment and rounded corners finish it perfectly. Glad Hammy gave some great assistance. I don't know how you managed to get such strong colour. I have a card to put up shortly using this technique and I found it took me ages to get anything like half as much colour to transfer. You obviously have the knack. Maybe if the ink is really fresh in the towel it works better and mine had been sitting for a few days. Oh well, I shall keep trying...lol. x

conil said...

Shazambam is right...you're sure handy with those paper towels. The color is fantastic...and love all the little dots. Hope you're enjoying this cooler weather as much as I am.

Redanne said...

Sadly, it is on the news every day about debris in our oceans, but it seems that some just never learn. I dread what the future holds for our children and grandkids....

Your sea themed cards are gorgeous, it always inspires me when people do this, mine usually turn out to be hideous but I love yours! Hugs, Annie xxx

Donna said...

What a cool technique and like your cards with the awesome ocean waves!

Colleen said...

Awesome ocean made with your paper towel, who thinks up these amazing techniques? I don'[t know that I have sea critters...I will have to go on the hunt in my arsenal! Heart Hugs, col

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!

Patrice said...

What a gloriously colourful ocean you have created, Darnell. So well done! Thanks for joining us again at Just Add Ink. x

Lisa Elton said...

I like the colors in your oceans! I also like the sentiment tucked among the waves on the first one. Two terrific cards Darnell!

Loll said...

Fabulous twofers from your one piece of paper towel transfer Dolly! Love the bright ocean colours. The first card with the whale is adorable! And I love the leftover piece that you've used on the second ... it's awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! Love, Lolly

Christine Alexander said...

Fabulous twofer Darnell. OMG that little Whale is adorable, great kids card and perfect paper towel transfer with all that texture :)

Cheryl W. said...

Well, you taught me a new technique with your first card! I had no idea about the paper towel technique. I will have to give that one a try. Tell Hammy I love the googly eye on the whale. It definitely makes him more animated. Your QACAS birthday card is the perfect one to have on hand, too--it works for any gender.

I agree with you about the trash and plastic in our environment. It saddens me to see the pictures of those islands of trash floating in the ocean. I am trying to avoid using plastic as much as I can.

TK said...

Great cards! Love the paper towel technique and it seems to work brilliantly with the Brushos! Ugh... plastic... it hurts my heart

Chrissie said...

These are both fab and I clearly remember the beautiful paper towel moppings up you made at Swindon....this challenge SO reminded me of that!
Love the texture too!
Chrissie xx

MA-MI said...

What a great masculine card! Thanks for sharing your work with The Male Room. I hope you'll be inspired by our new challenge too!
Regards,
Maja DT
My blog: Rilcek in Kljuncek

Gerrina said...

I had my eyebrows up by reading your blogtittle, but next thought was the CAS-challenge and I got it :)!
Great colours and beautiful cards again! Hugs, Gerrina

Lisa T said...

So much fun!! I love all sea themed cards always and these are so gorgeous Darnell with the lovely brusho backgrounds and that super cute whale. The brusho really give so much interest to a background and I love the sound of the paper towel technique. I need more hours in my day to play, I'd love to have a go at this! Bravo - your two cards are smashing! Lisa xx

KandA said...

Two wonderful cards Darnell. I love the fishy with his googly eye and brilliant CAS design of the second using the leftovers from the first card xx

Susan said...

Love the texture you got from your paper towel! Beautiful watery cards! Such a great way to tuck the little sentiment to the waves.

Daffodil Cards said...

Both are wonderful cards with beautiful oceanic colours, the "scrap" piece from your first wonderful ard is just Great, simple and clever. Thank you so much for joining us in our Birthday challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Faith The Male Room DT

The Male Room
themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk

PS. the quotes are hilarious, gave me such a laugh and the plastic? Around here I see more younger kids throwing waste than older, even though their ones being taught about how dangerous it is for their futures. Is it me?

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Amazing paper towel twofer, Darnell - just love the sweet whale with googly eye and great take on the sketch using the left over waves!!

Mac Mable said...

The paper towel technique looks fabulous and the colours are wonderful. Love the googly eye on the first card and loved the two jokes at the end of the post x. Thank you Darnell fro joining in the fun CAS Mix up challenge x

Trina P. said...

Your paper towel transfer look fantastic, Darnell! I’m not having much luck with that. 🤔
The whale is simply adorable especially with that googley eye. Great take on the sketch and use the leftover piece for a twofer. x

ColourmehappyDi said...

what a cool die cut &... paper towel! The colour & texture works so well. Love the CAS look. Thanks for playing along with our no stamp challenge.
Di :)

Sharron said...

Great job with the technique--the colors are perfect for your ocean! And I love the sentiment nestled inside the waves!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Gorgeous Brusho transfer ocean, Darnell! I love the colors and the texture of the paper towel transfer. The way you arranged the sentiments/words is clever! The whale is so adorable with the big googly eye!
The towfer is a beautiful CAS card too. Rounding the corners is a great idea. Thank you so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!
Hideko xx

Linda said...

I do love a good twofer and these look fab. Love your mop up paper towel, perfect for those ocean waves xx

Ros Crawford said...

What super cards you made from you paper towels... Who would have thought we could get such results from a used paper towel? Love the little sentiment in the waves... Clever you!
I hear that you are meeting up with my friends Greta and Maria in a few months .. I wish I could be there... Have fun my friend and enjoy your day!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow...that technique makes the most amazing backgrounds!! Both cards are gorgeous and I'm so happy you joined us at Paper Players!

Sarah said...

Love these nautical beauties Darnell, who knew that paper towel could look so good. The watery colours are gorgeous xx

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Lovely texture on those waves Darnell - your whale looks perfectly at home and no debris in sight! Lovely to see you in the PP gallery this week. Thanks for playing along with my CAS Kids Challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

Anita in France said...

That's such a cool technique, Darnell ... adds so much yummy texture to both oceans! Your little whale with the Hammy-added googly eye is a sweetie ... love how you placed the sentiment between the waves! Thanks for the giggle this morning! LYAMYLALMA ... IWFTCWYTOD! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Jo said...

Waste not what not. Your paper towels are so harmonious LOL. This is simply underwater gorgeous. The black paper shadow is so effective and gives that little whale a glow. Love the CAS design too ...to both cards. Beautiful, thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Celeste Goff said...

Love this beautiful technique Darnell! Thank you for sharing!

Kuni said...

Wonderful card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Anne Marie Hile said...

Beautiful cards Darnell! I love the depth of the colors. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

cotnob said...

Two super cards Darnell, your paper towel oceans look fabulous.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Greta said...

What a neat look from the paper towel & love the colors, Darnell! Very creative & fun card from the left over piece!

Nance said...

Love these papertowel sea cards, Darnell! I'm a tad behind on commenting. lol These are really great! Thanks for playing at Krafty Chicks Challenge.