Happy Friday! Today I am sharing 4 techniques to create underwater backgrounds. All with different mediums but all really easy and fun!
This is actually part of an exciting blog hop as we celebrate the latest release and the 2nd birthday of Studio Katia.
You should have arrived here from the amazing Jennifer McGuire and my talented friend May Sukyong Park is your next stop. If you get lost you can start at Studio Katia.
So let’s take a look at the techniques that I used for creating today’s cards! If you want links to the exact products I used for each card please scroll down to the supply list at the bottom of this blog post.
For the first underwater background I did ink blending over a stencil. It’s a really easy technique and you can’t go wrong with it. I used my distress oxide inks. The stencil I used is the Brush Stroke Waves and the stamp is the Under The Sea
I embellished my card by using a few Clear Drops.
The second technique creates a really sparkling card, so stunning in real life! Cover up a piece of paper with double sided tape and then apply a couple of shades of glitter. I used my sparkle dust in Snow Glow and Paradise Blue.
To embellish my card I added a few March Crystals in this lovely blue color.
This is the easiest and quicker technique of all! Just create a wash using your watercolors. Make sure to add a couple of shades of blue for a more interesting look. Remember when you use only one color you usually end up with a very flat looking result. The adorable turtle and the gist come from the Shell-abration stamp set. I wanted to make the turtle look like she is dragging the gift while swimming … Fun!
To embellish my card I added silver touches with cardstock and embossing. And I finished by sticking 3 confetti dots from the Sparkling Sea Confetti mix
And here is a technique that I shared a few weeks ago using my alcohol inks on yupo. I don’t like applying my alcohol ink with the felt blending tool… I prefer that watercolor look that you get when you blow on it! I also like to leave white areas since it helps all those colors to pop even more.
I embellished my card by adding a few Sparkling Crystals randomly.
You can watch the video below or at my YouTube channel
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Studio Katia is giving away two $100 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop, winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop! So make sure to hop along and leave comments as you get inspired!
The next stop on the hop is the talented May Sukyong Park!
Have an amazing weekend
A delightful quartet of cards, showcasing the Under the Sea critters merrily swimming through fabulous ocean waves! Thank you for sharing your techniques with us; so impressive! I’ll be giving them a try once my new SK products arrive!
Hi Vicky, a great set of summer cards. Thx for sharing ?
these cards are so very cute! I would love this set
Amazing tutorials!!! And love your 4 gorgeous and adorable cards!! The glitter with the hook and worm was my favorite!!
Lovely underwater techniques! Beautiful cards, as always. I very much enjoy your videos.
Oh my goodness… these cards are wonderful, Vicky. I love the cute critters, and your ocean backgrounds are so pretty. Wow. I love them all.
Such inspiring and adorable cards… thanks for sharing!
What a fun set for f cards! Love your inspiration. ?
Beautiful cards! I wish all the suplies would be available also here in Finland.
The cards are amazing Vicky! I love all the ocean backgrounds you created and the stamp sets and stencils are totally awesome! Thanks for sharing!!
Really great, charming cards!
So cute! I love each technique. Perfect for summer cards.
o wow so pretty cards, i love the techiniques you used and the fishes are so cute 🙂
I love them all, under the sea ? thnx for sharing ?
As always, beautiful cards!!!
Always amazed by water colors, I should try to use your funny technique.
Love these awesome ‘sea’ cards and the lovely backgrounds! Thank you for sharing!
Love your cards as always. Quick and easy techniques, with beautiful results. Thanks
As I live by the sea I thought these cards would be appropriate for many of my friends. Thank you for the inspiration
Great techniques and video, as always. I like all 4 cards, but the first and last are my favorites.
I love the scene you created for card #3. Very cute and clever idea on connecting the turtle to the gift with a yarn. Would love to re-create this scene!
Fun, fun, fun and fabulous too!
Such cute cards! I think my favorite is #3 ?
What a fun set of cards, great background techniques and such fun stamps!
The watercolor technique is my favorite! Is the one that feels more like real water! Love them all though!
Love these cards. Such a cute summer theme.
Beautiful backgrounds. I really needed this tutorial. Thanks.
Fun and fabulous designs!
Thanks Vicky for sharing all these great techniques ! The last one with alcohol ink is my favourite !
Great creations Vicki! Made me smile. That turtle pulling that gift…so cute! Happy Birthday Studio Katia. Love ur products!
Your cards are adorable!
Thanks for sharing…
LOVE your cards, so unique!!
Love all of these, especially the first one! Thanks!
Such wonderful ideas for doing underwater coloring! Love the cute critters too!
Thanks for the technique share! You are ana amazing teacher!
These cards are not only beautiful, but I think I can actually make these and they will look beautiful, too. Thanks for the wonderful ideas, as always.
Lovely and inspirational as always! What a great set of cards!
Thanks for sharing these techniques ! Your cards are fabulous !
I so love your work Vicky and I have certainly learned a lot from watching your videos. This set of backgrounds is a wonderful start for ocean themed cards and projects. And info on a new supplier!
These are all delightful card designs!
Love all of your cards and the tips and ideas are fabulous. Adorable sets.
love all three!
Awesome cards! I love that little turtle with the present!
I am also experimenting with different ways to create an ocean background. I am using coloured papers, cut paper waves, wave stencils, alcohol ink, watercolour and distress inks!!
Such cute cards!! Video was amazing. Love these stamps.
I love the color combos and different techniques you used for your cards. They’re so fun and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
I love this new release! You did a wonderful job, Vicky! Thank you for such a generous giveaway, studio katia!$
Amazing! This was inspiration overload! I love them all. I have a dad and nephew that love fishing these cards would be great for. Thank you for an awesome video and for sharing your adorable cards.
Thanks for sharing all of your samples using a variety of mediums. Very inspiring!
So cute images, i love the colour on your cards
Vicki your cards are adorable as always!
So cute. I love the way the waves look!
So beautiful cards !!! So nice to see your work and participate to 2nd anniversary of Studio Katia !
Great cards. I love all of the color!
These are all so adorable, Vicky! Made me giggle! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiration with us!
These are all so cute. My fav is the turtle card, I love how he is bringing the present to the party!
Gorgeous cards Vicky and thank you for showing the different techniques for making those awesome underwater backgrounds. Studio Katia, congratulations wiht the 2nd anniversary!
I just love the whimsy you put in your cards! They always make me smile! Great cards!!
Gorgeous cards, as always! Love all of these background techniques. Thanks for showing us how to do this!
Thanks for another amazing video, Vicky! Love each one of the backgrounds you created and the cards are absolutely adorable!
These are brilliant Vicki! I love making mermaid cards so these will come in very handy! thanks so much for all your brilliant ideas.
I love the glitter one the most it’s beautiful………All the cards are awesome……love your work…….it is very inspiring and wonderful……❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
so easy yet so beautiful, like you worked forever on it…im gonna do some this weekend…mahalo
I’m still trying to decide which is my favourite. I think the first one with the beautiful stencil, for the wavy water but then I love the little turtle one. Then there is the jellyfish which are adorable! Nope, I can’t decide 🙂 I love them all.
Darling stamps sets! Thanks for sharing the background techniques.
What brand of round acrylic block are you using in the video?
It is also by Studio Katia
These four cards are inspiring and lovely. Great techniques to showcase the cute stamps and beautiful embellishments from Studio Katia. Thanks so much,
As usual Vicky your cards are absolutely incredible! I just love all the different techniques you used to showcase the fabulous Studio Katia images.
Each of these backgrounds is so pretty! So many new ideas! I just loved those adorable fish stamps and all the beautiful Studio Katia jewels! Those clear droplets looked so pretty on your card! Happy Birthday, Studio Katia!
This is awesome! Thank you Vicky for all your inspiration, and the chance to win.
I really like that you showed us 4 different ways to create the same themed background. That way we all might have at least one of the types of products you used. Your cards are awesome too.
These are adorable!!! LOVE your designs and videos!!!
So much inspiration, love the second card, can’t beat a glitter card.
Vicky it’s obvious you’ve never seen me try to blend … and my oxide inks never lift like yours! I’m just as happy to watch you work your magic, however! Darling, fun, clever, and fantastic!
So cool to show us 4 different techniques of the same theme. I don’t have all the stash, you use, but I can and will absolutely try some of the ideas.
Great cards, I will have to try all of your background suggestions.
Super adorable cards 🙂 thanks for all the inspiration & a great tutorial. xoxo
I like all of your techniques. My favorite is the one using the wave stencil. Love it!
Live these cards Vicky especially the glitter dust one. Thank you for sharing and congratulations Studio Katia.
So cute! The cards are both adorable and gorgeous at the same time. Those tiny sea creatures really add character. Nice job, Vicky.
Awesome! Not sure which I like the best! I love the turtle dragging the gift!!
My favorite is the turtle card. Thanks for showing us different ways to make a background.
Definitely got my vitamin Sea today. Thanks for the technique tutorial.
Love this new stamp set! Great colors!
Cute stamp sets. Vicky i love how you have used different techniques for the underwater backgrounds, they have turned out to be gorgeous. Studio Katia Congratulation on our 2nd anniversary and thanks for those lovely stamps 🙂
These are so cute, Vicky. I tried your glitter paper technique recently and ended up with glitter everywhere, even though I thought I caught it all. The effect was beautiful, but I think I’m sticking with glitter glue!
how absolutely beautiful all these cards are! Underwater scenes are one of my favorites and love all the different versions you created!
I lo ve all four of your cards!!= hey are all stunning. TFS!!
Should have been They are all stunning!!
I can’t decide which sea background I like best! The contrasting colored sea creatures are lovely!
Very beautiful cards and very inspiring! Tfs.
I just love water cards and you have certainly given a large selection of ways to achieve many different results. All I really need are the stamps! Thanks so very much for taking the time to share all of the wonderful results you achieved.
Your backgrounds are stunning, thanks for sharing your techniques !! I love how you work with alcohol inks too ! And those critters are so cute 🙂
Hi beautiful backgrounds and sea colors , I love what you did with the cards ?
I love all 4 techniques!! But I think the glitter one has won me over!
I like all the choices for sea backgrounds. I love them all.
Love the background! Wow gorgeous blue, thank you for sharing you are a joy 🙂
These are so adorable. I like the background with the glitter, that looks really cool.
Just proves there are more than one way to get the look you want. Personally, I think watercolor is the easiest, but it’s nice to try other things as well. The alcohol ink is stunning, and you gotta love some glitter! Thank you. (That little pink blowfish is swimming to my house…SOON, I hope!)
I love blog hops because they inspire me to create–thank you!!!
Great cards!!! Fun ideas!
As usual, you’ve topped yourself! Love the little fishes and the wavy background. Thanks for the inspiration!
I love that you showed 4 different water backgrounds using 4 different mediums. All 4 cards are just lovely. Thanks, Vicky!
Awesome underwater background techniques. Great products!
Fabulous cards! I really like Studio Katia clear drops because they don’t have air bubbles in them like so many others do.
I’m so happy to see the way you used the alcohol inks. I tend to use a new product and then forget about it, so your card was a good memory jog. I love all the sea creatures and the classy way you used bling. Thank you!
These cards are amazing! And that little turtle just makes me smile!
Great video on water backgrounds. You make it look so easy to get great results. TFS
Great backgrounds for that underwater look. Your video was great and you make all 4 techniques look easy to do. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
I really love all the cards, this time I have no favorites, they are all beautiful. I just love all types of colorful fish. Thank you for sharing
all good! These are adorable little creatures and I love your octopi. I also love the nested waves — looked wonderful. But you always do good work.
Gorgeous cards! I love how you inked your backgrounds! Thanks so much for sharing your video ?
Your cards are so adorable! I love the little turtle swimming with her gift 🙂
Amazing cards. Thanks for inspiring us.
LOVE your backgrounds
These are all so so cute! LOVE those sea critters ♥
That turtle is so cute, and I really love the first water technique.
Your cards were so adorable and so inspirational. Thanks!
Love your cards, so cute. Thank you for your inspiration.
The water scenes are amazing!
These are great techniques for water background Vicky, love all your cads but I think the one with the turtle dragging the present is super adorable! 🙂
Gorgeous cards Vicki!
Sweet cards!! Love the different water backgrounds!! Love them!!
Fabulous cards and underwater backgrounds–thanks for the inspiration!
Amazing cards, so cute yet beautiful.
I loved this video showing 4 new ways for an ocean background as I have many loved ones who enjoy getting these type of cards from me….thankyou for sharing <3
All the sea critters are so adorable, and your cards are very creative. Love this stamp set…
Love all the backgrounds you created for your cards.
I love your work (and I love your voice.). You Bring me new inspiration every day! Thank you for sharing with is, Vicky.
The Under the Sea stamps are so cute and I love your cards!
After seeing your card using the brush wave stencil , I had to add it to me cart for purchase!
What great little fish! Love your background
Vicky, These cards are fun and very different even though you’re using a common theme. Love every one, thanks for the inspiration!
Loving those backgrounds! My favorite is the first one, what a great new stencil!
Love these cards. The tip about using more than one shade of blue for the water is helpful to me. Adorable.
Wow! These are super adorable! Such a cute stamp set and your underwater backgrounds are fantastic! I love all the pretty jewels, mine are on their way.
Love the way you created the background, going so well with the stamped images,
Gorgeous creations, Vickie! Love those wonderful backgrounds, especially the wave stencil one.
Wow I love the color combo in all your cards.
I love your techniques for creating water. Just gorgeous!
Alcohol inks make amazing water backgrounds. Great cards!
I love every single card!
I love your cards and all 4 of the techniques for the backgrounds!
The backgrounds are fabulous!
Each of those cards is adorable. I need that little turtle!!!
Your cards are spectacular! I totally love the turtle pulling the present. So simple & adorable!
Great information on creating water scenes. The cards are adorable and the embellishments are particularly beautiful!
Love the wave stencil and all your cards. Thank you.
on all the cards. Great
Carla from Utah
Wonderful and fun underwater backgrounds!
Great cards! I especially loved the stencil and glitter cards. Thank you for sharing your ideas. As always wonderful job!!!
Great cards! I love this stamp/die set.
Love the cards and techniques! Thanks for all the ideas and Happy Birthday to Studio Katia!
Fantastic cards, thes backgrounds look amazing, Cathy x
Very clever water-techiniques!!! TFS
I love watching your videos! Had to watch this one in the morning even though it made me late leaving for work! Look forward to trying these techniques this weekend.
Vicky, you never “seas” to amaze me! Beautiful designs!
Love your underwater scenes on these fun cards! Awesome backgrounds and coloring! Love the stamps!
Beautiful backgrounds and I love that cute turtle.
Thank your for sharing these Underwater background techniques, so inspirational!
What a fun video to show these different techniques! They all turned out great
Thank you Vicky for sharing 4 ways to make a water background. Love any water, sea or beach card
So love these cards, thank you for your inspiration!!!
All the cards are amazing! Thank you for the inspiration.
What adorable cards and the post is so informative – my favourite is card 1. Thanks for all the great ideas.
Love all 4 of these, and each technique is so quick and easy as well. My favorite is the window card, so cute
LOVE LOVE each one of them, thanks for the inspiration Vicky!!
Thank you for sharing the background techniques. I especially like the glitter on tape idea.
As always your cards are beautiful!
Your cards are amazing!!! Thank you for the inspiration!
You are such a class act! I love what you’ve done with these stamps!
Oh Vicky, they’re SOO cute! I just LOVE them all!!
I love the backgrounds. The cards are so pretty. I always love to do cards that are fishy!! I have to have this set!!!
Gorgeous cards, thanks for sharing!
Geiasou Vicky, I relaxed yesterday evening watching your video. I love your cards and this release is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them!!
Your work is so awe inspiring! You never fail to amaze me!
So many great techniques! Love the bold color of the alcohol inks!
Love the cards, they are all so cute :>)
Love your cards. Happpy birthday to Studio Katie, Great new release. Love it.
Always lovely work, thank you
Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
Wow, wonderful cards, thanks for the video ?
Now my 10 year old grandson and I watch you together. He loves your voice. We then get out supplies and make a card from your wonderful suggestions. Thank you! Love this new release.
The colours are amazing! And those stamps are cute as hell – not to mention that now is the perfect time for such designs (we have 30°C here today).
Vicky, I love all four of your cards – you’ve given me some great ideas! Thank you!
Such fun cards!
Excellent cards, thanks for all the advice on how to with the water options, loving how all of them look. Happy 2 nd Birthday Studio Katia x
Thanks for all the great techniques. Very inspiring!
Oh my goodness, these are all so fun, great cards. Thanks for sharing!
I love Studio Katia’s jewels and didn’t realize they also have stamp & die sets…BONUS!
Love the options for creating water scenes, great cards!
I’m always amazed how you come up with creative ways to use stamps and other supplies to make awesome cards…wow!
Cute and lovely cards. I have been inspired.
I love these cards and the fish stamp set. Love that you used different techniques.
I’ve been looking for underwater ideas and these are just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!
Very cute and sweet cards!!
All the cards are so cool! Your creativity always inspires me. Thank you, Vicky!
Loved seeing the different techniques included in one video. Some of my favorite cards are your ‘scene’ cards and I am always interested in how you make the backgrounds.
Love all your cards! The backgrounds are great and I love how you did the bubbles on the first card. So cute!
Thank you vicki, I alsways learn so much from you. the glitter water back ground it so pretty, I love it!
All of these are so well done and so cute. Love the different looks created from the variety of mediums!
you are such an artist. i learn things from you. it’s only the second time i’ve visited but i’m glad i found you
Adorable cards! I love the variety of backgrounds.
WOW great cards and such realistic water backgrounds. Love Love Love them all.
Amazing tools! so pretty cards, the number one is my favorite.
I love the different techniques you used, I need to try them!
These cards are great and make me want to go swimming ! Thx for the inspiration!!
Thanks for the inspirations. So talented.
Thank you so much for all of the great ideas! I love the turtle swimming with the gift.
Beautiful cards! Love the information too so I can try my hand at making some fun water backgrounds! Thank you!
Another fun and informative video – you’re so jelly good!
I love these underwater themes. Great ideas!
Your cards are fantastic ! The glittery background is beautiful, the little touch of white glitters is amazing ! I love to play also with my alcohol inks and I agree with you, it’s perfect for the under water backgrounds.
Such fun cards!!
What great cards! Love the colors!
Turtle dragging gift is my fave!
Gorgeous underwater backgrounds for your cute cards!
Super fun cards, Vicky!!! Love how your underwater backgrounds turned out!
Such fun cards. I like the different ways you created the background for each card. TFS
I love how you did the different “water” backgrounds for each card! Beautiful!
Your backgrounds are so beautiful. Love the underwater critters, especially the jellyfish.
They are all so awesome! My favorite is the water with the purple jellies! It almost appears to have movement ! I love it!
All of your cards are so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Great cards, love all of your backgrounds. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful cards and great backgrounds!
These are so fun! Love the bubbles and the various waves!
I just LOVE the creative examples you have shared with us here!!! I love the underwater theme for this summer and I especially love your card with that adorable little turtle towing his present along with him! 🙂 SO precious! Thank you for all of the tips as well, you are inspirational!
Thanks for sharing these great techniques for underwater scenes.
Fabulous cards and such great techniques for underwater scenes!
WOW Is adorable thank u for sharing this beautiful techniques, happy birthday to studio Katie, love the colores, thannk u again
Such wonderful cards, the sight of sea colors is so calming. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful cards. Loved all the techniques. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Lovely Sea cards,than kyou for sharing.
Beautiful card designs.. Love all the different water looks you achieved.. Lovely.
Love your cards Vicki! I am over the moon with the Studio Katia Under the Sea stamp set!
Cute cards – and your backgrounds are amazing as always.
Thanks for sharing these techniques. Love all of the cards. I need to try the glitter water.
I just love the shine you have on the one card, and the turtle dragging the present is so so cute! You are amazing. I just love looking at all the cards you create.
Love those stamps! Great cards and techniques Vicky. TFS!
THese are just darling!
Love the sweet turtle card!
I love the different backgrounds you shared, what fun ways to showcase these cute stamps. Thanks
SQUEAL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your BEAUTIFUL Cards!! SUCH AWESOME Designs!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and hope you have a FABULOUS Memorial Day WEEKEND!!
Thank you for the water background ideas, I’m so excited to try these out!!!!
Thank you for the great tutorial. I really think I can do it now.
Lovely cards and the techniques are definitely doable!
Vicky, your cards are all amazing and I really appreciate your video showing the under water techniques. I could watch your video’s for hours. Thanks for sharing your endless creativity!
Super creative backgrounds! Love these adorable fish
I love all of your cards! I really like the blue sparkle background.
Your backgrounds are stunning! Thank you so much for the great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Your cards are all awesome, but I especially love the circle cut out one with all the sparkle. So pretty!
These little sea creatures are so adorable! your cards are super-cute.
Vicky all your cards are so fun and thanks for showing us so many wonderful examples of water backgrounds for this fishes stamp set! Wonderful and super creative! Can not wait to watch your video showcasing these techniques!!!
Thank you for sharing so all those different ways to do water backgrounds. Am in love with that stencil,,and will have to try using my alcohol inks that way, Such a happy release
What a fun idea to use double sided tape and glitter! Did it fall off easily? I would like to use something like this on a card front if it stays put. Thanks for sharing with us!
I love all these wonderful cards! They are super cool 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us!
Thanks for showing us these techniques. Wonderful cards as well as background techniques.
I love the ocean. These cards are fantastic. Looking forward to trying all your techniques.
Wow! Wow! Wow! I’m totally in love for your stunning cards!!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful sea themed ideas!
The ocean critters are so cute. All the backgrounds are fabulous. My favorite is the stenciled background. I love watching your videos!
I love your style, but above all the way you communicate. It is very understandable! Thank you
Sweet bright and cheery cards!!! Thanks for sharing all those fun background techniques!!
Amazing cards! I love all the sea creatures!!
Thank you for this great tutorial video! Love the cards and awesome backgrounds!!
Adorable cards and love the backgrounds! The crystals and drops were perfect to add to the underwater theme!
All these background ideas are fantastic. I definitely want to try the glitter technique on a card of my own.
Oh those fish images are just adorable. Very clever background techniques.
Beautiful Cards Vicky! So fun and creative 🙂
Great ideas, thank you
Fantastic cards and video! I really like this stamp set– it’s so fun 🙂
Super cute set of cards! Thank you for all the tips 🙂
Super cute cards, love that little turtle, and all in my favorite colour, blue 🙂
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These are lovely and I love this release! I love them all but I really like #2 the best. So sweet! TFS!
Such fun summer cards. Thank you for sharing.
Your cards are wonderful! I love all the different backgrounds you created for your sea creatures. <3
Love these cards and all the ideas. I really love the waves on the 3rd example.
Vicky, I love the watery backgrounds to your cards. Nice work!
Great color choice and great cards! So summer-y. =)
Love these cards! 🙂 That first one is my favorite.
These fish are adorable and I love all the fun techniques especially the sparkly underwater. Great job!
Very cute cards! I love how you did the water on each card!
Such fun cards with all the neat background techniques. Love the stamps!
Awesome cards with all those great background techniques. Thanks for sharing.
Awesome under the sea cards ?
Love each and single on of them! I’m so inspired to craft now!!
Such fabulous cards! Wonderful looks with each technique!
Such fabulous cards as always!..thanks for sharing
These are all super cute. Thanks for sharing the technique video.
Love love love your cards….especially the glitter….Thank you for sharing ?