"Hooked on you" - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - makes a great greeting for your favorite kid or sweetie. Add a bunch of watercolored fish, the Heart Wire and a hook from the Ornament Caps and Hooks set - and your card is ready to go!
Valentine and Christmas dies don't need to wait for their own season - put them to work on a summer card. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, wondering why I didn't think of this combination earlier.
Paint watercolor paper with watery layers of Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks - or use the refills (dribbled onto acrylic blocks and applied with a waterbrush). Spritz it with water, then heat-set it. Cut it with the 4-1/4" Square Basics die.
Stamp the fish on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder. Paint them in solid colors first using Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber. Add colorful accents by painting a few sections of each fish with a contrasting color. The special inks will blend and create great new shades. Diecut the fish.
Cut Heart Wire from watercolor paper, and again from turquoise cardstock. Layer the two diecuts - slightly offset - to add dimension and a bit of a subtle shadow.
Determine the placement of each fish and carefully trim parts of the hearts that won't be covered by the fish.
Stamp and emboss the greeting on a scrap of light aqua watercolored paper. Cut it with the 3/4" Square Basics Die. Paint a scrap of watercolor paper pale green and cut it with the 1" Square Basics die.
Cut a hook from silver mirror cardstock using the Ornament Caps and Hooks die.
Insert the hook through the circle of the Heart Wire - then attach both pieces to the background. Tape the top of the hook behind the background. Attach the fishes, counter-clockwise - use foam dots for the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th fishes. Add the greeting.
Attach it to a top-folded 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock. Add turquoise gem stickers.
There are so many ways to use the Fish Tales Stamp Set and the Fish Tales Die Set. Combining them with Valentine and Christmas dies just gives us another option. Search through your Memory Box stash for inspiration - you'll be amazed at how many ways you can mix and match the great designs.
If you're loving the Distress Oxides as much as I am you'll be happy to know that Impress has already ordered the 12 new colors that will be released soon. The Impress collection of Memory Box, Open Studio, Poppystamps - and Distress Oxides - is perfect for summer papercrafting!
Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.