Under The Sea

Hi it’s Sue of Dies R Us design team with an underwater tunnel card.

The card uses three of the Memory Box Collage dies to create the gradually smaller frames that make up the tunnel of an underwater world of bubbles, seaweed and coral.  (You could use just one of the dies to cut the three frames and decorate each layer differently.)

I started with two different shades of cut 7 x 5 1/2 inches and scored at 1 inch, 2/3 inch and 1/3 inch from each edge. I cut a third shade of blue 7 x 4 1/2 inches and scored at 1/3 inch form both edges. Folded darkest at 1 inch scoring on both side. Folded the next two pieces at all of the scored lines.

Next I inked up the seaweed and tinted around the edges of the openings with two shades of green Distress inks.

While I cut and inked a number of decorative pieces from the Collage and School of Fish dies, I ended up only using a few them in this card. (I often cut and prepare extra decorative pieces in a batch fashion and keep with the dies to save time later.)

The octopus is a two piece die that lends itself to being on an Action Wobble Spring. By adhering the two parts together with a foam dot, the eight tentacles are at different levels. The spring comes with self-adhesive and is stuck to the back of the octopus’ head. A black pen colors his eye. (I found that adding an extra foam dot to the back of the spring made it so the octopus could be in front of the last frame of seaweed.)

To assemble the tunnel box, I took the card base with the shell front shown in a previous blog and adhered a printed paper to left inside of card base. Then with the sticky red double-sided tape to the left flap of the outside die-cut panel with the largest opening, I adhered it to the inside of the card. (I glued in placed a glitter net over the front of this panel before I adhered it inside the card.) Place red tape on both side flaps between the 1 inch and 2/3 inch score lines on both flaps. Attach the left flap to inside of first panel’s left flap lining up with 2/3 inch score line on first panel. Attach third panel to inside of second panel’s left flap lining up with 2/3 inch score line on second panel.

Adhere a background to the card base back inside before attaching the octopus. Peel tape on right flap of middle panel and adhere to inside of first panel at 2/3 inch score line. With octopus over the last panel, peel and adhere the right flap to inside of middle panel flap at 2/3 inch score line.

The inside sentiment was stamped on vellum and attached to the inside of the card with glue dots.

Hope this fun card has provided some inspiration for your crafting. 😊

SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Other Supplies:

  • Colored cardstock and clear vellum scraps
  • Three shades of blue sheets of card stock
  • Underwater patterned paper
  • 5 x 7 inches white card base
  • Foam squares
  • Red-backed, super sticky double-sided tape
  • Glue dots
  • Green and brown ink cubes
  • Tuxedo Black Memento dye ink
  • White glitter netting
  • 9 x6 inch catalog envelope
  • Sara Davies Nautical Collection stamp set from Simply Cards & Papercraft, issue 207
  • Stampin’ Up Dapper Denim ink pad

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Sea of Joy


Seahorses are so calming. Blues and greens with glittering air bubbles and starfish make you think of the slowly undulating water, with an occasional streak of sunlight peaking through.


I based this card off of the colors in the printed paper from Love Cardmaking issue 4 and the Seahorses I had stamped using Hero Arts Color Layering Seahorse stamp set. Using a gate fold A7 base card and envelope from Park Lane allowed me to create the asymmetry of the opening by cutting the layered stack of print paper and seagreen textured paper using only the outer edge die of Tonic Studios for Scrapbook.com’s Paisley Edge Dot & Drop Die.


Inside the card, I used the sentiment stamp from the Color Layering Seahorse stamp set on a white scrap of cardstock and tore the edges to suggest waves. By using three layers of red backed permanent tape I created the effect of the white card floating above the blue cardstock. The seashell is also stamped from the Hero Arts stamp set. The bubbles were from the Lawn Fawn Rub-A-Dub-Dub stamp set.  The envelope flap was all stamped using the Color Layering Seahorse stamp set.

Other Materials:

Textured cardstock by DCWV

Ink pads by Hampton Art

Ink pads by Craftsmart

Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue

Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive

Nuvo Crystal Drops – Metallic-Carmel Cream

Nuvo Glitter Drops – White Blizzard