Monday, 11 February 2019

…the fine simplicity of our forefathers

Sharing a card I made for a fishing friend featuring one of the stamps from the The Great Outdoors set from Close To My Heart.

I used the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout and thought it would be fun to use the bubbles from the Big Bang Confetti set by Winnie & Walter to create the scattered circle pattern.  I stamped these first in VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then added the fish in and used a mask to keep the fish white while I did the distress watercolour background technique to create my water.  Unfortunately, once I added in the background the bubbles became a bit too subtle but this led me to a fix that let me use some of my PTI raindrops I’ve been hoarding since forever.  Love the subtle dimensional element these added, just wish I had more sizes to fill all the stamped bubbles.

I wanted to play along at Mod Squad for their fun titled challenge ‘Greet Your Vellum’ so I stamped my sentiment on a piece of vellum that I attached under one of the raindrops.  The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest set and was heat embossed with some metallic Zing! embossing powder.  I cut the piece of vellum to a flag shape and only adhered the point so it would flap a bit like a fly you use for fishing.

Over at Southern Girls they’ve got animals up to all sorts of antics and, as my card features an animal, I’m also linking up in their challenge.

Chalks & Powders etc
Ranger Embossing Powder ~ Super Fine Detail Clear
Stampendous! Embossing Powder ~ Detail Silver
Zing! Embossing Powder ~ Metallic Finish Blue
Papertrey Ink ~ Raindrops
Inks & Paints etc
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers ~ Meteorite & Moonbeam
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Evergreen Bough, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers & Tumbled Glass
VersaFine Clair ~ Paradise
VersaMark Stamp Pad ~ Watermark
Wink of Stella Glitter Marker ~ Clear
7 Dots Studio
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Bazzill Monochromatic Cardstock ~ Lagoon
Bazzill Vellum ~ White
Close To My Heart ~ The Great Outdoors (retired)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Awesome Male Card which are always so hard to Create but you rocked this one. Loooove the touch of bubbles and velumn.

  2. I love the two types of bubbles you added - gives great depth and texture to the design! Thanks for sharing with us at FMS this week!

  3. What a great card! Love the fish and the bubbles! Such a great background! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Wonderful background here, a perfect backdrop for the fish. Great take on the challenge, thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge
    Judy~ Mod Squad Challenge Designer
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