Artist Play Date – Maria’s Seahorse

September 13, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Artist Date - Maria's Seahorse

PALM BAY, FL – Sunday morning – On last Sunday’s Inspired at Home Radio show, I set out the “challenge” to the my radio mates that we all take some time this week and get creative and make a tag. That way, we would all have to commit to our artist play date!  Here’s the inspiration behind my play date!>>Maria


I wanted to share a little of my Labor Day scuba diving trip. It’s always amazing to roll into the ocean and descend down onto a reef. It was a drift dive which means you don’t really even have to do anything but let the current gently (and sometimes rather rapidly) take you along the reef. It’s a whole new world down there!

I actually designed the tag backwards and had to work in an interesting fashion, but I wrote the instructions in the proper order. I was feeling very antsy when I created this tag and that’s just the opposite of how I feel when diving. The images calmed me down a bit! The raffia was supposed to show some motion.

When I scanned the tag my first thought was how simple it looked. I design simple, clean. Yet, the tag had layers… some secrets! I loved the touch of sparkle from the crystal gel. Under those waves many things just sparkle as you drift by on a dive. I had to add the beautiful beads; I love this little company’s ceramic beads!

Sharing The Sea
by Maria Nerius


  • Cardstock (K&Company Designer Mat Pad Textured)IAH-134MariaSeahorse2
  • Scrap cardstock (lime green, orange, yellow)
  • 3 Seahorse stamps
  • India Ink Black (Stewart Superior)
  • Distressed Ink Old Paper (Ranger)
  • Scribbles Crystal Gel Sparkle
  • 3 Peruvian ceramic beads (clownfish, trigger fish, sea turtle)
  • Raffia
  • Paper Trimmer and scissors
  • 6 Small brads
  • Small hole punch
  • Sponge


  1. Trim textured paper to shape of tag, small hole punch at top/center. Use Distressed Ink around edges of the tag. Sponge on the ink over the tag’s body… front and back.
  2. Stamp seahorse images onto 3 colors of scrap cardstock or paper. Trim to size smaller than tag. Trim to be able to stack or layer each on on top of the other. Sponge on Distressed Ink to age and matte the images. Add a touch of sparkle gel to outline the seahorses and allow to dry.IAH-134MariaSeahorse3
  3. Now it’s time to get our images layered and adhered. Large image on top, smallest on bottom. Small hole punch in area that will not take away from images. A little patience and you’ll find it. Use 1 brad to adhere the layers. Then 2 more small hole punches to top image and insert a brad in each hole.
  4. Sponge Distressed Ink onto tag. Find placement of the layered seahorses. Find the best area to adhere the smallest image. Three hole punches and insert brads. This allows the images to be moved and viewed. The seahorses are now part of the tag.
  5. Thread raffia through tag’s top hole. Knot. Thread on beads, watch placement, and knot to secure beads onto the raffia.
  6. Sign back of tag.

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