Hello from snowy Ohio!
I'm trying to channel Spring here with this fun Koi pond card:) If you like to get inky and play, this is the project for you! I have a tutorial video shot, but it won't be up for a few days (I fell and broke my nose, had surgery today to fix..not feeling too crafty.)
I have been watching Tim Holtz live's and they are great for beginners or experienced stampers! The only thing better would be if the Girl Scout next door would deliver my cookies to snack along with a big glass of milk:(
Most of the supplies I used are linked below (AFIL-Thank you!)
So for now, my instructions will have to do! I kinda rummaged around to decide what to play with and I grabbed the leather distress paper to see if it would look like fish scales. I grabbed oranges, golds and blues.
I stamped the background with a blend of blue inks, then re-stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with clear sparkle powder.
Next, I ink smooshed on the leather paper until I was happy with result. This took several layers, drying in-between.
I diecut the Koi using the inner and outer dies. Then re-cut the inner with the outline to cutout. That way the paper under the fluffed areas are the same color.
I fluffed the scales a bit, then glued just the perimeter of the fish to that bottom diecut I fluffed some more, using a craft knife.I glued the fish to the background, but wanted some interest other than the clear bubbles. So, I found a 20 year old box of plastic watch crystals (look on Etsy, but mine were a lot cheaper back then...)
I white embossed on black the sentiment and cut to fit the watch crystal. I applied it to the card front then layered whole thing on black, then a white top-folding card base.
I added black Nuvo drops to the eyes, after dry, I added white Copic ink to highlight. Then I realized that ink is waterbased and won't dry, I added a smidge of clear Nuvo drops! until I get this uploaded, here are some other projects using this Koi die!
I hope you will give this a try! Come back and see me soon!