I hope you are as big a fan of the new sea life dies as I am...today's card has a large school of fish carrying special wishes. The Family of Fish die is a charming design and reminds me of goldfish crackers. With a bit of watercoloring and glitter paper I created this fun and colorful card...
To color the fish, I smeared Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door inks onto my craft mat and dipped my wet paintbrush into each color separately, then onto a piece of water color paper. By letting each color dry before introducing the next color, I was able to get distinct colored areas without a big blend of all the colors. A little blending is Ok but not too much. I die cut the fish several times and adhered them to a wide strip of glitter paper which was placed behind the curved die cut papers.
I used the slim curved die from the Pasture Grass die set and cut into the blue panel twice. I only used the top and bottom pieces because I was using the glitter paper for the middle section. Simply adhere all 3 pieces to a white note card, then trim off the overage from the bottom blue panel to keep it an A2 card size.
The coral pieces were also die cut from watercolored paper--this time I used Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Shaded Violet inks. They were adhered randomly along the lower edge and overhanging pieces were trimmed off.
The fun part was adding the sentiment along the curve. From the clear stamp set, So Many Things To Love, I selected the sentiment from two different phrases and joined them together to read, "wishing you a special day". I laid out the uninked words onto the card to make sure the sentiment would fit, repeating it twice. Using an acrylic block, I positioned the clear stamps in a curved shape to match the paper curve (trial and error), then inked and stamped the sentiment in place. For the repeating sentiment I repositioned the clear stamps on the block to match the right side of the curve. Easier than it sounds. You could also use a stamp positioning tool to accomplish this too.
I hope you like these colorful fish swimming in sparkling blue waters bringing special wishes today.