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Thursday, July 28, 2011

'Ode To Mr Fishie' A dimensional Paper Arts Card taken to New Heights featuring Blockheads Paper Arts' Fish Tile Stamp!

Howzit Stampers!
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I hope everyone has had an awesome week so far!  I've been having a ball creating a new project that I think is going to knock your socks off!  This is another Blockheads design team tutorial and I was inspired by one of their newest stamp collections called Seascape - Fishes!  I love fish and have kept a fish tank for most of my life.  A couple of years ago I got my first Siamese Fighting Fish - better known as a Betta fish in the States. I really loved Mr Fishie and believe we had a special bond.  He'd actually play with me and interact in the most amazing ways!  Sadly he went on the great journey to the sea a while ago so I decided to design this card as a kind of shrine to him.  Egypt and the Pyramids are one of my passions so when I was thinking about shrines I immediately thought about building Mr Fishie his very own pyramid.  I'm totally in love with my 'Ode To Mr Fishie' card.  This dimensional paper technique is very impressive and literally takes layering to a whole new level!

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Blockheads Paper Arts 'Fish Tile' rubber stamp from the Seascape - Fishes set
Brilliance tri-colour ink pad - Peacock
Pale Vermillion PrismaColor pencil
Quickutz Nesting Squares or Spellbinders Nesting Square dies
Sizzix Flourish dies
Blue painters tape
White folded card blank
White cardstock
Xyron - permanent adhesive
Decorative and Solid Paper
Smooch Spritz - Vanilla
Teal ribbon
Starfish and Shell
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Crafter's Pick The Ultimate Glue
Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner
Double-sided Sticky Tape
Fiskars corner punch
Paper Trimmer
White Pop Dots - Squares
Self- Adhesive Pearls

Stamp the Fish Tile image onto heavy weight white cardstock with Brilliance Peacock.  Run the stamped image through a Xyron to add permanent adhesive.

Arrange 12 nesting square dies on some pieces of blue painters tape to hold them in place.

Lay the dies face down on top of the stamped image and run it through a die cutting machine.  I use a Cuttlebug V2.

Peel off each square separately and adhere them to pieces of white cardstock.  The die cuts have a really nice bevelled edge to them.  Cut out each square by trimming away the excess cardstock along the outer edges only.

Colour parts of the fish with PrismaColor Pale Vermillion.  I jumped the gun by doing all the die cutting first - so I do recommend doing the colouring before hand but it wasn't a train smash to do it afterwards.  Apply Judikins Diamond Glaze, for a glass-like finish and to add even more dimension, to the coloured areas only with a toothpick.  This step must definitely be done after the die cutting!
Layer all the die cuts on top of each other with square pop dots to form the pyramid.

Cut a mat from a sheet of salmon coloured paper slightly larger than the base of the pyramid.  Then based on the size of the white folded card blank I cut a mat from the salmon paper and another even smaller from colour co-ordinating decorative paper.

Adhere the decorative mat to the salmon mat and corner punch all 4 corners.  Add a piece of teal ribbon and then adhere the mats to the white folded card.  Adhere the pyramid to the salmon mat and then to the folded card with double-sided sticky tape.

Cut some panels from colour co-ordinating solid papers (Sizzix Sizzlits size) and run through a Xyron to add permanent adhesive.  Adhere the coloured paper to white cardstock to make them sturdier.  Then cut out a variety of Sizzix flourishes from the paper/cardstock combo.

Sprtiz all the flourishes with Vanilla Smooch Spritz for some yummy sparkle.

Arrange the flourishes around the pyramid, they look like seaweed and coral, and adhere them to the card with little dabs of Judikins Diamond Glaze.  Embellish with a shell, a real starfish and a teal bow.  Finish off the card with 3 self-adhesive pearls in the top left corner.

Here's a couple of views of my creation from different angles!  The dimension of the card is super cool and definitely makes an impression!  This technique is suitable on cards for any occasion and will definitely go with any theme!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Blockheads Paper Arts Designer


  1. My socks are off and about 10 feet away! Wow! This is just the coolest thing! Do you think it could be done without the Zyron? Great tribute to Mr Fishie.

  2. Love the pyramid technique, never thought of using it and now i have some interesting ideas to play around with, thanks for sharing!


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