Friday, September 19, 2014

sneaking in under the wire

i hardly ever schedule a second post the same day OR put more than one card into the same post, but i actually made multiple cards in one night (!!!) and they were based on sketches which end tonight. so here we go:

fish ATC created on strathmore watercolor paper with koi paints and faber castell pit extra superfine marker; patterned paper: studio calico, basic grey, american crafts, bo bunny; alphabet stickers: recollections; stick on pearls: kaisercraft; white glossy cardstock: ranger; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i've made at least a dozen versions of "best fishes" birthday cards, probably more, just for my brother alone. it's a standard "guy card" motif for me and the part i love best is seeing how many different ways i can interpret the idea. this is definitely the first time i've ever drawn and painted my own fish, however, so i'm a bit proud of that. though i hasten to point out that i was very strongly inspired by these fab fishes that kira nichols posted some time ago, which i found via pinterest! for the layout of this card i used sweet sunday sketch #236 which is rather awesome AND happened to have some little circles that fit right above where my fish's breathing bubbles were!  (i flipped the sketch so the fish ATC--which i'd painted a few weeks ago--would be facing INTO the card; that is one of my design pet peeves, i don't like to send them staring... or in this case swimming... off the card.)

here's another idea i use quite a bit in guy-card-making, the "oh snap" belated/camera card. i've even done a paper-pieced camera before, back in april for an SOS challenge; luckily i had made a couple of extras, so i'm using one up now:

patterned paper: american crafts + scraps of A LOT of different manufacturers: making memories, my mind's eye, crafty secrets, basic grey, love elsie, sei, etc; brads: basic grey + oriental trading co; white glossy cardstock: ranger; label tape: dymo; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape
the layout is retrosketch #132 and i've used it pretty faithfully, actually:

well, that's me signing off for the night! hope you've had an utterly awesome international talk like a pirate day! happy cARRRRRRd-making ye scurvy landlubbing dARRRRRRlings! :) :) :)


  1. LOVE, LOVE your little painted fishy and your paper pieced camera is FABULOUS!!!

  2. These are both awesome...great idea for a masculine card to use fishes! Your camera rocks...aren't you clever with the clip art! looks amazing, seriously.

  3. You DREW THAT FISH?! Stunning! I'd buy that stamp. And I agree with you on that "staring off the card" thing. I just don't get it. I mostly only buy images that face to the right.

    I actually asked someone who owns a stamp line about this, and she said if you fold your card at the top, it's not looking "off" the card. I DISAGREED!!!

    I'm glad there's more than one of us who think like me, though. #fistbump

    I also cannot believe you made an extra pieced camera. Making just one of them might kill me. You are a better man than I am!

  4. Hi Laura!
    I just emailed you but was afraid spam may gobble up my email! Can you look for it…or head over to Stuck on U Sketches…we've got news for you!!!!

    Thanks, Leah

  5. Your paper pieced camera is brilliant


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