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.
- 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