(additional materials: k&co, heidi grace & scrapbook wizard patterned paper; american crafts plastic ribbon; colorbox inks; recollections epoxy hearts; copic outliner; colorbox inks: sewing machine; tombow monorunner & 3m foam tape)
because, of course, the best thing about digi is: not only can you make the elements any size you want, you can use the "flip" command to make a mirror image, and thus you get *TWO* (or 20...or 200!) goldfish for the price of one!
(i should also mention that i made this card using kazan's sketch #50, which is rather fab...see?)
want to hear my favorite "fussy cutting" tip? it doesn't take any more effort to cut 2 or 3 layers than it does to just cut one. seriously. i staple a few extra sheets behind whatever i'm cutting...and in addition to the main image i get some fun silhouettes. this is great if you're paper-piecing, or you can use the extra images as masks for paint or glimmer mist; or you can dress them up a bit with a liner pen & some chalk ink for a completely different look:
here i've used another favorite technique--i placed the silhouette koi (cut from chinese newspaper) as a sort of drop-shadow for the one from the kit. i love how it gives me double dimension and interest...for exactly the same amount of work! i've also printed one of the gorgeous watercolor papers from the kit on a transparency and layered it over my "store bought" patterned paper for a completely unique background:
just a reminder that all of these lovely elements are from this kit: