Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sending Birthday Fishes

I'm taking the current lesson from Online Card Classes called Background Check and I'm so excited about it! I made this card yesterday for the very first lesson and I love the new technique I learned. I can't recommend their classes enough; they're just wonderful!

I created the water piece by blending distress ink on a piece of white cardstock and then laying a stencil over top. I used a baby wipe over the stencil and it bleaches parts of the ink. It's so cool! I can see myself using this all the time! I trimmed the piece down on the sides and added strips of fish scale washi tape to the sides and then, for some contrast, a couple strips of black cardstock. I die cut "sending" from some silver glitter paper and heat embossed the rest of the sentiment on black cardstock to tie it all together. The sequins are my very favorite sparkling clear from Pretty Pink Posh.

I had so much fun making this card and I decided to enter it into two challenges. The first is the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge's No Ordinary Paper. I used the glitter cardstock for my sentiment, so it fits the theme. I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle and Shine. The glitter paper and the beautiful sequins fit this theme nicely as well. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the fins of the fish, but the picture doesn't capture the subtle sparkle.

Stamps: Best Fishes (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: Best Fishes (Simon Says Stamp), Sending (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glitter
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Evergreen Bough, Peacock, Salty Ocean (Distress Inks), Assorted Copics
Other:Washi Tape, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clear Wink of Stella


  1. You did such an amazing job with your background! Seriously! Looks amazing! & love the glitter die cut as part of you sentiment!!
    Fantastic card!!:)

  2. Hi Rachel!

    I absolutely LOVE this beautiful card. I would like to warmly invite you to share your amazing art with us at Word Art Wednesday, We'd enjoy having you play along, if you can, and have you share your talents with us. It would be a huge blessing to me and I really hope you will join us. We offer awesome prizes each week in our Anything Goes challenges. You can find us here:
    Word Art Wednesday

    Karen Letchworth, Blog Owner
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. A fabulous card Rachel, a super background and fabulous cute fishes with their sparkling sequins 'bubbles' and cute sentiment!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  4. This is so super cute! I love your background!!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  5. Great use of distress inks, stencil and wipes! I love the effect and I LOVE Distress Inks! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge. Cheers, Nicole