DIY Nursery Art with Whale – Hop with Eye Connect Crafts Day 1

by | May 23rd, 2016 | 12

Clearsnap and Eye Connect Crafts Blog Hop May 2016

We’re really excited to be hopping with Eye Connect Crafts all week long! Both of our companies make our products in the USA and Eye Connect’s unique chipboard die cuts are all made from 100% recycled chipboard.  These are products you can feel good about using and they’re cute too.

Our teams swapped products to show you how easy it is to use Clearsnap ink to customize raw chipboard like the shapes available from Eye Connect Crafts. See more on the Eye Connect Crafts blog today where you can enter a giveaway to win a gift certificate to the Eye Connect Crafts site! Here on the Clearsnap blog we’re giving away a set of 7 our newest Smooch Accent Ink colors, including these five pictured above. Be sure to read through to the end of this post to enter, using the widget.

Today, Rose Powell shares an adorable DIY Nursery Art with an Eye Connect Crafts whale as the centerpiece:

Handlettered Whale Nursery Art

Hi again, Rose here and I’ve got some amazing news to share. I’m going to be a grandma again! I’m so excited. My daughter-in-law dropped off the gender reveal baby shower invitation this past weekend and I couldn’t wait to get started on some nursery art.  We’re told to bring gender neutral gifts. Perhaps it’s grand-mama’s intuition or something in the gene pool. But I find myself pushing the limits of mint and blue this Hand-lettered Whale Nursery Art.

Hand-lettered Whale Nursery Art

I am by no means a hand-lettering expert, but I believe in appreciating one’s own handwriting. The focal point of this Whale Nursery Art is and adorable, sweet little whale. My daughter-in-law Justice, helped me with the quote.

“If you want to know how much I whaley love you, count the waves in the sea.”

Whale Nursery Art Materials


Totem Poppet Whale Nursery Art RPowell

First, remove the Eye Connect Crafts Totem Poppet Whale from packaging and carefully separate from chipboard. Next pour a few drops of Smooch® Bottle: Dew, Smooch® Illuminate, Smooch® Bottle: CoastalSmooch® Bottle: BaysideIzink – Distributed by Clearsnap®: Jasmine, spritz some water from the Izink Spray – Distributed by Clearsnap® bottle, dab some Pigment: Colorbox® Cats Eye Inkpad: Glacier Ice onto your clear acetate sheet and mix with the water. This palette will be used to create the base colors for the whale.

Base Whale Colors Whale Nursery Art RPowell

Use the clear acetate sheet to mix and blend up colors and use the ColorBox® Art Daubers to blend blot inks onto the whale. I later blended in some Smooch® Bottle: Juniper to give the whale more of a minty appearance.

Blend White izink with Smooch Dew Bayside and Coastal RPowell

Use the ColorBox® Art Screens: Camo to add some interest to the bottom of the whale. Blend izink – Distributed by Clearsnap®: Jasmine with Smooch® Bottle: Juniper and apply it with a ColorBox® Art Dauber. Outline the design with Smooch® Bottle: Dew. Using the ColorBox® Art Screens: Retro , blend izink – Distributed by Clearsnap®: Jasmine and Smooch® Bottle: Dew and apply with a ColorBox® Art Dauber. Blend White izink with Smooch Dew Whale Nursery Art RPowell

Put together the Eye Connect Crafts Totem Poppets: Totem Whale using the Eye Connect Crafts Mini Brads, 25 piece: Gold. Set it aside to dry.

Whale Nursery Art Closeup RPowell

The scrapbook paper I used already had scallops in shades of blue. However, it would be easy to recreate using a white cardstock, the ColorBox® Art Screens: Scallop and different shades of blue inks. Cut the scallops into 3 parts. At the base, raised them with 2 layers of pop dots. Raise the second row with 1 layer of pop dots. Finally, adhere the final row flat onto the chipboard.

Hand Letter Quote onto Whale Nursery Art RPowell

Use the Smooch Spritz®: Sun Kissed to create some “sun splatters”. Next, hand-letter the quote using Smooch® Bottle: Coastal, The bottle already comes with a brush attached. It’s got enough softness to make thick and thin strokes. Perfect for hand-lettering! Lastly, use the various Smooch® Bottle colors including Dusk, to outline the “waves” and add a little more interest by adding dots around and on the whale in “coastal”.

After adhering the whale between the 2nd and 3rd row of waves, I decided to add a little a few more finishing touches to the Whale Nursery Art frame.

Finishing Touches on Whale Nursery Art Frame RPowell

Taking some cheese cloth, ink it with ColorBox Crafter’s® by Ann Butler: Desert Sand. Next , take the wood veneer anchor and inke it with ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins Metallic: Platinum Silver, heat emboss it with ColorBox® Embossing Powder: Clear. Then wrap the “net” around the anchor. Hot glue it and little seashell buttons to the frame, I think the final embellishments really made the Whale Nursery Art complete.

Anchored Seashell Net Whale Nursery Art Closeup RPowell

This Whale Nursery Art was so fun to create. I learned so many different techniques. My daughter has been scouring the web for all different types of DIY nursery projects.

Have you created any nursery projects? I’d love to hear about your creations. Leave a comment below. And before you go, be sure to enter our giveaway and check out the projects today on the Eye Connect Crafts Blog.

Rose Powell

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About Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful. Visit Jennifer's blog at

12 Responses to DIY Nursery Art with Whale – Hop with Eye Connect Crafts Day 1

  1. Carla Hundley says:

    How cute and love
    the saying!
    Carla from Utah

  2. Bunny Dobbie says:

    I made name signs for my two nephews when they were born. One with frogs and another with a Finding Nemo theme. I love using chipboard for dimension.

  3. Now that is gorgeous!!! Big “smooch” for a great job! Oooooh the possibilities ;)

  4. Erin says:

    Congrats Rose! That’s awesome. Your designs super cute too, and I love the setiment. I need to make something like that for my sons room! :)

  5. Rosali says:

    The little whale is so cute! Love the anchor in front, too! <3

  6. Mary Holshouser says:

    this is darling.
    Would make a great hanging for anybody’s room.
    Love all of the waves – so much depth.
    thanks for sharing.

  7. Jennifer Carmichael says:

    Love the project and the stencils

  8. Rose Powell says:

    Mary, I completely agree! It’s a nice sentiment for anyone you love.

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