Sunday, March 4, 2018

Birthday Fishes

As I said in my previous post using this set, I think these little puffer fish are so charming! I hope you feel the same way I do about them.  Instead of a romantic card, today I've used them to celebrate a birthday. 

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean & Broken China
Distress Sprayer
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Hero Arts I'm a Puffer for You stamp set, #CM170
Hero Arts Puffer Frame Cuts, #DI395
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Paper
MFT/Die-Namics Stitched Oval Stax, #MFT-521
Versamark Ink Pad
Hero Arts Black Embossing Powder, #PW119
Wink of Stella, Clear
Scrap of Matching Blue Card
Assorted Sparkle Gel Pens 

Since I had already decided to use this set to make this card, I wanted a
background that looked like water.  I used my trusty Oxide Inks to make the ocean for my fishes to swim, which I feel is a perfect look.  I stamped, colored, and cut my puffers, using some whimsical colors as I discovered that real puffer fish are a boring beige color.  To add a bit more pizzazz, I colored the eyes and the lips using sparkly gel pens - you can see them in both pictures of the card.  I also stamped and die cut some little fishes to keep the puffers company.  I had let my background dry overnight and it had begun to curl a bit; nothing the tile on my desk couldn't handle! I just placed the paper between some waxed paper and slid it under the tile for the night.

The next day I decided that I need some embellishments, some party wear, for the puffers.  I stamped the hat a few times and the noise maker once, colored them in and cut them out.  Then I fussed with which puffer fish got to wear what hat and which one would blow the ever important noise maker.  I attached all the festive embellishments to the proper puffer.  

I stamped the sentiment directly on the blue card using Versamark ink,  embossed it in black embossing powder; then used the oval die to cut it out.  I attached the sentiment directly to the ocean background, then began placing all the fish.  Once I worked out the placement, I attached them directly to the background as well.  When everything was attached, I glued the background to the white card base and I had my birthday card!
Another Look
This card is so cheerful I can't see how anyone could look at it and not smile! Those party hats just make me giggle.  I hope you enjoyed my journey making this card as much as I did.  Thanks for stopping by! ~Christi

I am entering my Birthday Fishes card in the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - #28, Emboss & Use a Die
Cut it Up - M, #142, Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes 
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - M, #9, Stamped Image
Scrapy Land - M, Anything Goes 


  1. This is just adorable! I love your background x

  2. I certainly smiled when I looked at it and when I read your post. It's cute how you tried on the different hats on the different puffers! :) They turned out adorable! I think the yellow is my favorite.

    Thanks for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!


  3. Such darling little puffer fish, and a gorgeously created background with the oxide inks! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Thanks for supporting us, and we hope to see more of your pretty creations in the future. Please check back to see if you are a winner or our next guest designer. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  4. Such a fabulous fun card Christi. The bright colours are great and I love the puffers who are having such a good time. Thanks for joining us at IAAS. Hope you come back soon. Christine DT


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