CIC 503 | Diving | Sports

The new theme starting today at Cupcake Inspirations is Sports. As you may remember when I did this sport themed card for The Male Room, I don’t really have much in the way of sports stamps or dies. For that one I drew my own background to create a trampolining card. For this one I adapted an astronaut stamp and turned it into a diver!

I started with a blue card base, onto which I ink blended Something Borrowed and Aquatini ink, both from Catherine Pooler. I then used the same inks along with Twilight to add a shoal of fish from Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You.

For my front panel I cut a piece of white card to 4″ by 5 1/4″ and used two circle dies to cut away an aperture. I set aside the innermost circle for future use, and added multiple layers of silver heat embossing to the ring that remained cut from the panel. I used Aquatini to add a wavy line across my panel using a retired stamp from Simon Says Stamp, then used washi tape to hold the silver ring back into position.

I stamped one of the astronauts from MFT’s Best Friends In The Universe with their black ink and coloured it with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I looked up old-fashioned diving suits for colour inspiration, and went with brown and grey shades for the helmet and accessories, and yellow for the main part of the suit. I then fussy cut it out, cutting away the antennae portion of the outfit, and went around the edge with a black, brush-tipped, waterbased marker to cover the white core of the paper.

I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere my diver onto the card base, after first checking the positioning with my aperture piece. I wanted to pop up the front panel but I’m running low on foam tape, so I trimmed a piece of cardboard/chipboard to be just a little smaller than the panel, die cut a circle for my aperture, and adhered the front panel onto it with double sided tape. I then used the Liquid Glue again to adhere the whole thing onto my card base.

Thinking outside the box can be a lot of fun, and is one reason why I enjoy playing with challenges. It’s easy to think “oh, I don’t have anything for that” but it’s possible to find things in your stash and adapt them to make them work for the project! I am really pleased with how this one turned out, though I do wonder if I should have had less fish… I hope this inspires you to play along with us. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team in the challenge post or directly at their own blogs via the links below. We hope you’ll come and join in with us!


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Sports

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch

NBUS Challenge – Never Before Used Stuff (the MFT stamp set)

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes

TGIF – Ink Blending

Use Your Stuff – Sports

Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)






Sue N.

Sue T.


18 thoughts on “CIC 503 | Diving | Sports

  1. Hi Charlotte, a stunning way to create a card for the sports theme, love the astronaut as a deep sea diver, they look right at home with all the fish.. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck in the prize draw.. Megan DT LPoCF

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  2. Well, if you hadn’t said, I would never have know he was originally an astronaut. Too cool! Your colouring is fabulous. Fantastic card. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF – Gail #staysafe #stayhealthy

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