Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fishy Faux Silk


I had intended to be back before this but life threw me a curve ball and I missed!  

I made this card and actually had it addressed and in the envelope when I realised I had not photographed it, so I eased open the envelope, did the necessary and then resealed it!!

I was inspired by this post by the talented MariLynn.

I varied the instructions and started by stamping and embossing the fish images on a piece of white card, and colouring them with a silver gelato.

Before colouring the tissue using the ink, spray, smash technique described in the tutorial with watercolour crayons, it was stamped with Staz On ink using a grass stamp from (a now retired) Hero Arts Woodland Leaves and Grasses set.

Once the tissue was dried, I folded the tissue around the stamped layer securing it on the back - I then mounted that panel on a white base after sponging all the edges with blue ink.

The fish really did not show through the tissue all that well, so I took a silver ink pen lightly outlined the fish, which gave a what I felt was a very satisfactory result.

A lightly stamped sentiment finished the card.

Thanks so much for visiting - any comments you leave are deeply appreciated.
May your day be blessed.


  1. fabulous technique Maxine. The fish look incredible like they are floating behind the grass.

  2. Simply AWESOME in every way. Love the end result. So glad you shared it with us at CWD Ina

  3. I love this card maxine, and I watched the tutorials with great interest. I think the fish and the grasses worked really well together.
    i hope you are OK and recovering well. Kate x

  4. Lovely card.
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.

  5. Very original! Your inking is great and I like how the fish look almost hidden amongst the foliage. Just wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  6. Amazing and so beautiful. Love the wonderful background and fish. Sensational card!!!

  7. Maxine, this is gorgeous. I love how your water turned out. My favorite colors. I like the little silver fish. You are such a good friend and encourager. Last night I was doing a bible study with my youngest son and it was talking about the importance of living the Christian life with others. It asked, "Who are those Christians in your life that encourage you?" and your name was on my list!!

  8. WOw, this is over the top ceative! (or under the sea?! LOL!) Nice technique, you have such a creative and unique sense of style - LOVE IT! Feel better, my friend! Blessings!

  9. A double WOW Maxine! You have really done an amazing job with the faux silk. Our Canadian Thanksgiving has past, but we are so blessed and thankful to see this beautiful work of art, as well as all your past posts.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday
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  10. Absoluttely awesome, Maxine. Hugs, Fran

  11. Playing with ink and paper is so satisfying! This looks so good! Very impressive. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD for our latest challenge - trees/nature/leaves!

  12. Maxine, this is such a lovely card! I am guilty of having cads ready to send then having to ease open the envelope too! All the time! lol!
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at The Crafting Cafe this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  13. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  14. Very interesting techniques and the combo worked well, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

  15. Wow Maxine! Amazing background- love the silver fish- and the beautiful technique!

  16. WOW this is fabulous Maxine!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  17. Beautyfuld.
    Tak for at du er med på udfordringen hos Card and scrap.
    DT Sanne

  18. Beautiful project! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday! {{hugs}}

  19. WOW!!! This is amazing! I've never really seen this technique before but it is certainly stunning (at least it is the way you did it). I love the fish! So cool. Thanks so much for sharing us at Word Art Wednesday.

  20. Love the texture and layering this technique produces :)

    Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe and good luck.


  21. Very nice. Love the look you have achieved with this technique. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational.

  22. So gorgeous Maxine... love that background, the colours and those fab fishies floating through the reeds.

  23. A great project Maxine, lovely texture with the tissue paper. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

  24. A really lovely card - I like how the fish are silver so appear to be glistening in the water!

    Thanks for playing along at The Crafting Cafe this month, Claire x

  25. Wonderful effect on this card design, I am glad I am not the only one that forgets to photograph projects before putting them in envelopes!

  26. Beautyful, lovely card <3
    Thanks for joining us at Card and scrap


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