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Submarine Manatee

Submarine Manatee

Hi All!

I using the Oh, Manatee set again. If you missed my first card, you can see it here. These guys are so cute!

I repurposed Ellen Hutson’s Mirror, Mirror die as a submarine window. The front of the card opens to reveal the full manatee and the sentiment:

Submarine Manatee

I used my Oxide inks to create a watercolor background. Here is a close-up:

Submarine Manatee

Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Circle diameters 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 inches 5.7 and 6.4 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Intense pencil used: Payne’s Gray

Oh, Manatee
Gerda Steiner Oh, Manatee
Mirror, Mirror Dies
Mirror, Mirror Dies
SSS Holiday Shapes
SSS Holiday Shapes
Nesting Circle Dies
Nesting Circle Dies
Inktense Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide - Broken China
Distress Oxide – Broken China
Distress Oxide - Pistachio
Distress Oxide – Pistachio
Distress Oxide - Salty Ocean
Distress Oxide – Salty Ocean
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Corner Chomper
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 16th, 2018 at 6:31 am


    Well, that manatee definitely grow on you. Very cute card. Thanks for the little tips along the way too. They’re very helpful. Hope you have a good weekend!

  2. wrote on March 16th, 2018 at 10:52 am


    Wow, very creative Darlene! Super cute.

  3. wrote on March 16th, 2018 at 2:01 pm


    I love Gerders designs they just warm my heart. The manatee is very cute. Great embossing that porthole really looked metallic. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. wrote on March 16th, 2018 at 4:04 pm


    Super cute card! I love how you colored the manatee especially, and such a great idea to use the mirror for a submarine porthole. I don’t think anyone who doesn’t know would guess that that die is not really a porthole! Thanks for the tips about the ultra-thick embossing powder, too. Another tip I’ve heard is to start heating from behind, so the granules begin to melt without being blown away. Since no air is hitting the granules directly, that works. I’m not sure if I’ve done it with the ultra-thick powder, but I can attest that it does work with somewhat-finer-ground powders. Anyway, hope y’all have a great weekend, Darlene! Thanks for the card/video! 😺 ~ Andrea

  5. wrote on March 16th, 2018 at 5:33 pm


    Very cute card. Love the porthole and that heart!! Thanks Darlene

  6. wrote on March 18th, 2018 at 9:42 am


    I just love that! thank you for sharing it

  7. wrote on March 21st, 2018 at 6:23 am


    Super adorable card, love the way you created the heart, I’m going to keep that in mind, it’s a fabulous technique.
    Thank you for another delightful video, Darlene.

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