Tuesday, April 13, 2010

best (hybrid) fishes!!!

hooray! i'm back for day two of the big tyggereye art digikit release party!!! as promised, today i have some hybrid cards made with images from gina's gorgeous kit, of the water. first up, i've used one of my all-time favorite greeting card sentiments, "best fishes" in a brand new way...on an anniversary card!

(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:

(additional materials: autumn leaves & prima patterned paper + hindi newspaper; copic outliner; cherry arte crackle stamp; colorbox & ranger inks; dmc embroidery floss; mambi gem; tombow monorunner & 3m foam tape; coral printed on kodak photo paper)

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:

(additional materials: love elsie patterned paper; bazzill kraft cardstock; basic grey alphabet stickers; dymo labels; colorbox ink; copic outliner; sewing machine; tombow monorunner & 3m foam tape; kodak photopaper & 3m inkjet transparency)

just a reminder that all of these lovely elements are from this kit:

available at an etsy shop near you! now scoot on over to gina's blog and see some more "of the water" goodness! ♥


  1. Umm....WOW?!?!?!
    REALLY!!!! WOW!!!! I don't even know what else to say! The details in these..from the PERFECT choice of papers to the FABULOUS use of shape and colour...I LOVE that funky "wonky scallop" circle on the 2nd one...The first one is just perfectly cute (those fishes are amazing, aren't they?!?). And that third one is just genius. I need to see you in action one day.
    Amazing work girl.

  2. ok, ummmmmm....can I just come dwell in your brain for a day and maybe pick up on a little of your genius!! You are soooooooo stinkin' AMAZING!!! I'm just in awe of your talent!! All of these are just wow, wow, wow!! I know I'm babbling, but words just don't describe!

  3. Now that's what I call gorgeous - what wonderful cards Lauren!!! Jo x

  4. Good grief!!!! Allow me a moment to pick my jaw up off the floor and wipe a way the drool! These are A-MA-ZING! Seriously missus, you are blowing me away with your creative genius!

    (-: Heidi

  5. haha!! You are amazing girl!! WOW! I'm blown away seriously. These are so cool. I want that pink goldfish to frame seriously. Too cool!! I love what you did with the koi. I love the anniversary card. I'm just in love!! Wow. I am posting my digital/hybrid card tomorrow, but now I think I need to work on making another one since yours are so much cooler than mine BY FAR! I wish I had made the goldfish pink like that! Maybe he needs to be in my pink "kit" like that. lol.

  6. Wow, LOVE what you did with Gina's digital kit! Makes me want that kit! Great 2S4Y entry too! :)

  7. wow! your cards blew me away, Lauren! absolutely fabulous cards!! wow! thanks for the tips on cutting multiple layers at once, will have to try it!

  8. EEEK! I need this kit! Your work here is done.

  9. Oh my gosh, I haven't been over for a visit and I'm having a ball just taking all your crafty goodness in! These are so cool. between you and Jana, I know I must have this....and away I go to make a purchase.

    Love the techniques and that you share ideas with us to make the experience more fun.

  10. Wow, not one...not two...but THREE creatively beautiful and diverse cards! This tiny box is not nearly big enough to list all of my most favorite details, but the colors, the shadows, the PERFECT stitching, the sentiment on the third card. Wow (did I say that already?). Incredible artistry about sums it up. TFS!

  11. My jaw is on the floor. I keep manually closing it, but it just continues to fall back on the floor. Your creativity knows no bounds...and it is combined with savvy time saving and creative tips!

    The first card has a great sentiment, but that is not really surprising given that it is YOUR blog I am reading. The second card with the text fish and stitching and fun shape and all the fussy cut seaweed...well, it is astounding. Then there was yet another masterpiece with Chinese newspaper and patterned paper...I am in awe. Total loss for words.

    And I find out Gina is selling kits? No doubt she will be busy filling orders and she won't have time to blog :)

  12. Lauren.. WOW..what can I say missus, you're so clever, fantastic, brilliant, full of the most amazing ideas... You're the hybrid queen... No doubt about it....LOVE them all, but the last one is my FAV.....
    Hugs all the way from me to you... You rock Girl...

  13. How did you print your awesome pink fish on the hindi newspaper? I echo what everyone else has said ... seriously, fabulous hybrid designs.

  14. There has never been anyone I have wanted to copy as much as you. YOU ARE AMAZING. I love what you did with Gina's amazing kit. I just got it too, and now want to go play, but I have to tend to children. (Whose idea was that anyway???)(JK I love my kiddos. Most of the time.)
    Everything on these cards makes me swoon. A lot.

  15. you have taken me to fishy heaven
    Thanks for playing at 2S4Y :)

  16. These (and the last post too!) are super WOW! Gina rocks, you rock! you know I am clueless when it comes to the digital stuff but these make me so want to learn!!!!

  17. I've never seen a more gorgeous fish! Beautiful work! I'm so glad you played along with us at 2S4Y!


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