Sunday, June 3, 2012

Experimental Fish

Welcome once more, and thanks for calling by.

No, the fish is not experimental, but the background is!

I came across this technique a few days ago and wanted to try it out - never mind the fact that I am limited by having only three colours of alcohol ink and the gold and silver 'mixatives'. 

The less than impressive result is in the back ground of this card.

Do not think that this is the way it is 'supposed' to look, the 'teachers' example is far better!!!  I used a blue and black ink to mix, but the black when diluted to 'run' had a distinct red tinge...  not happy with that look, I then added some silver mixative, which didn't really run and mingle, but gives some awesome shine to the card.

Not being one who likes waste, when I needed a masculine card for someone who loves fishing, I used my 'experiment' as a background.

 I printed off this digi stamp and coloured it with chalks - hmm, fish are shiny, so I tried another thing that I had never tried before and painted over it with Twinkling H2O paint, and it worked.

Not the best, but you may just be able to see the sheen in this photo. 

And this is the final result!!

The sentiment was embossed in silver on the base and the brads and pearle thread were the finishing details.  Now don't you think the background looks like water disturbed by a fish?  ....... come on, it's not that hard to think that, surely? o.k., you win :-).

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Card Recipe:
Card - Glossy White and blue
Image -Designed 2 Delight digi, Hero Arts Tiny Happy Birthday
Ink: Clear Embossing, alcohol inks and silver mixative
Accessories: Chalks, Twinkling H2Os, brads, pearle cotton, silver embossing powder


  1. You are so clever!! Yes, I do think it looks like water disturbed by a fish. This turned out beautifully. . .it's the perfect background for your fish stamp and I love how you've made the little sign!! Blessings!

  2. what a gorgeous piece, thank you so much for joining us this week for our Anything Goes Challenge a the Secret Crafter
    Hugs Kate xx

  3. Smashing male card, like your background layout. Thanks for joining us at Poodles Parlour, good luck, cheers Sue N x

  4. What a great idea, Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!

    Hugz Fleur xXx

  5. Your experiments turned out fantastic! You are a brave, brave girl and a very talented one on top of that! Thanks so much for entering ATC's Card with Attitude challenge. You can also enter your creation in our sister challenge, Fat Pages Card with Attitude. We have Top 3 winners now too! I hope to see more of you artwork.

  6. I meant to say you can enter our ATC's Cards with Attitude challenge! You already entered the Fat Pages! The link is on our site. I hope you do!

  7. good idea for a male card and looks good with the fish! thank you for joining us at fat pages and cards with attitude and good luck emma xx

  8. I like the way you were able to get the shiny look on the fish!

    Thanks for playing in our 'Father's Day or card for a Guy' Challenge #45, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  9. Lovely card, love the shiny fish and the background is very effective, thank you for joining us at Fat Pages With attitude this fortnight. Abbie (Co Owner)

  10. Looks just like a trophy fish hanging on the wall. Your fisherman friend will love it! Thank-you for sharing with us at The Poodles Parlour!
    {Hugs} Barb, DT

  11. Perfect male card.
    Great techniques.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  12. Good save Maxine. In the end the card looks great,

  13. This is so nice! I love your coloring and all of your added touches. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Pattie ♥

  14. A great male card. Good on you for trying a new technique. It was great how you were able to use the background you created for this card.

  15. Beautiful creation thanks for playing along with us at poodles
    Jacki xx

  16. Oh this is cool Maxine! I love that you didn't waste the bg... it came out great and love the twinkling H2Os on the fish! Great guy card!

  17. Lovely card. Thanks for taking part in this weeks 'Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge'
    Hugs Sonia xx

  18. lovely technique. Thank you so much for joining our seaside challenge at Allsorts and good luck!

  19. Hi Maxine! The fish looks cool, and the background is definitely interesting. Glad you made use of it. I have to try that sometime, still have my mixative bottles and never opened ;){hugs}

  20. I have never opened my fixatives- will have to give this a go next week! Fun Fun! Love the cute fish- another grreat card!


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