Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish Birthday Wishes

My son-in-law Troy is an avid fish lover.  He has a huge salt water aquarium with beautiful fish and anemones. Every year for his birthday we give him a gift card that he uses to add something beautiful to his tank, so I try to make his birthday cards with a fish and water theme. This year I used Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and I liked the end product.

I began by making a frame with My  Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames die and then cutting a piece of 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock just smaller to create a shaker card.  I used Ranger’s mini ink blending tools to ink blend  a blue background with Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.  I ink blended the frame using the Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday and was stamped a couple of times with Salty Ocean.  I added a rectangle of Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheet cut 1/8″ smaller than the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape.  Next a double layer of 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, cut in half to be narrow enough not to show, was added behind the frame. Mikuki Seed Beads in Honey Butter and Gold was sprinkled into the frame for sand and the ink blended panel and frame were adhered together.

The seaweed was ink blended with Distress Inks Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint and die cut with the matching dies.  Originally I planned to put these inside the shaker, but I completely forgot and so they were applied to the front of the acetate panel with Scor Tape.

The gold fish were stamped with Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement and die cut with the matching dies.  The two smaller fish were adhered to the front of the shaker with Score Tape and the largest with given added dimension with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.

The shaker panel was adhered to a side folded A2 cardbase made from 120# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Gold Fish and dies
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Hero Hues Pastel Peach, Butter Bar, and Wet Cement for fish
  • Distress Salty Ocean (background and frame), Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Honey Butter and Gold for sand
  • Office Depot Binding Acetate Sheets
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Happy Birthday Chemistry Man

My son Patrick has a birthday this week.  His degree is in Chemistry and he manages an environmental lab in the Seattle area.  My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry was the perfect stamp and die set to create his birthday card.00272aw

I knew I wanted to create a shaker card with the beakers, but I wanted to have a colorful and chemistry related background.  I began by ink blending Distress inks on some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper, colors used are listed below.  After getting the blending the way I wanted, I lightly spritzed the cardstock with water to further blend the colors and let it dry.

Next I determined where I wanted my sentiment and then prepared the cardstock with by Embossing Buddy to remove any oils, this ensures the embossing powder only adheres to where you have stamped.  I stamped the sentiment and chemistry symbols all around the card with VersaMark ink.  I used Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Power and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Tool.

First I sized the panel to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ with the WPlus9 Gift Card Layers Rectangle.  I then die cut the beakers with the matching dies.  The first time I did this the tape tore the cardstock and I had to start all over again.  Once I had the openings for my shaker card, I glued some acetate to the back with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Next, I used double thick 3M 1/2″ foam tape to create the wells and to support the card panel.  For the shaker wells I added Beader Paradise Anniversary and some multi-color beads I’ve had in my stash for years.  00272w

I was going to place the panel directly on a Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardbase, but decided it would be easier to add a backer sheet just smaller than the panel first.  I used Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to blend the center of the backer sheet to give a glow behind the openings.  I then glued the card front to the cardbase with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

I like the way the card tuned out, let’s hope Patrick likes it too.


  • Canson 140# Watercolor Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Extra Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Undeniable Chemistry Stamp and Die
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber
  • Beader Paradise Anniversary