Some new products from Sizzix! I really loved working with the Sand and Sea set of dies. In the sample shown below we actually did use sandpaper to die-cut the starfish which offered a very unique texture on a tag. The seahorse has been cut from grunge-paper, and Distress Inks were used to colour it. The small bit of grey die-cut open mesh at the top of the tag is called Cobblestone. We did use the waves folder to add the lovely water lines and coloured with Distress Inks in browns and blues. I love both the waves and bubbles folders in the set. The bubbles folder is going to make an intriguing background for any water-themed card.
The seahorse on the package shown was first painted grey-blue, and then clear crackle paint was applied on top. When the paint dries you can apply Walnut stain ink and mist with water so that the dark brown fills in the crevices. As always, these designs have so many uses especially the cobblestone. I see it more as a webbing design element, but if you used the webbing with some paste thru it you would have cobblestones. Or perhaps reptile scales!