Saturday 12 June 2021

Birthday fishes

Hello, crafting friends!

My youngest nephew will be 15 in a minute which seems crazy to me - did I fall asleep for ten years or something?! Anyway, I wanted to make him smile and thought a punning little card would do the trick:

I started this scene off by sponging pale blue ink down two thirds of a card panel, adding yellow and kraft inks for 'sand' and finally adding depth with a darker blue ink round the edges. The sunlight-through-water effect is achieved with a sunshine stencil (Sunny Day by Clearly Besotted) positioned upside down and with that pale blue ink sponged into it over the initial inking. Once I'd finished the inking, I clapped wet hands over the panel to create a bit of texture and movement.

The fish and seaweed are from Clearly Besotted's Under The Sea. You may have noticed that I use coloured pencils a lot at the moment, and this is where they really come into their own. No need to stamp, colour and cut out with oil-based pencils; you can simply stamp directly onto an inky background and colour over the ink as they are pretty opaque.

I trimmed the card panel to size with a stitched rectangle die, then stamped the fun sentiment from MFT's Your Fin-tastic. The panel was then attached to a card base. 

So happy that this card won the Watercooler Wednesday Rockstar award!

I'm linking this card yup with The Sisterhood of Crafters where the theme is Water Water Water; also Watercooler Wednesday where Heidi is hosting the All Things Masculine challenge; and As You See It which is also looking for Masculine cards.

I'll leave you with this photo...

"Waiter, there's a puppy in my soup!"

Sending hugs,


  1. What a brilliant underwater world you have created. Great card idea for a tricky age group.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Brilliant and fun, Vicky! Clapping your wet hands works great for water splatters! I hope I can remember that trick! The fish are so beautifully colored!

  3. Your underwater scene is stunning,love the effect of dappled sunlight coming through the water and the gorgeous colourful fish

  4. Super Ocean inspired card Vicky and effective rays beaming down from above.

    Eva looks suitably cool, Rosa did much the same yesterday whilst the others looks on from a safe distance as they all hate water.

    B x

  5. Oh Vicky this is an awesome underwater scene! Thanks for the details on the sun rays (I wondered how you did that! Very clever) and the wet hands clap is an excellent idea too! Thanks for fun inspiration and great technique ideas! Great job!
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Adorable fishy scene Vicky, love that stencil, it works really well either way, and the water droplets are very effective..I could just jump in Eva’s paddling pool right now! Xxx

  7. Such a cute aquatic card, Vicky xoxo

  8. Ah, that Eva...she knows the best place to be in the heat! And your little underwater scene is a cool place to be too! Thanks for sharing this with us at As You See It this week!

  9. Soooo sweet! I love a good underwater scene and this is great. The sunlight filtering through the water is just the perfect element that elevates the design. Thanks for playing along with us at As You See It Challenge.

  10. A perfect puny card for a 15 year old, got lots of gorgeous colours too. Love Eva in the bowl ;D
    Faith x

  11. The sunlight playing through the water and the bubbles (aka: water splashes) really bring this design to life, Vicky, creating movement and depth! Thanks for applying the "Y" with us at As You See It Challenges!

  12. I don't know how I missed this Vicky - this little underwater scene is fabulous - I love the way the sun dapples through the water. You are so good at scenes! Thanks for sharing with us over at As You See It for our current challenge!


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