I'm back again today with another new card and video showcasing the latest Simon Says Stamp release, This Is The Life. I can't get enough of this release. My favorite release to date. Truly.
This card incorporates probably my four favorite products from this release (and it is hard to pick favorites because I love everything in this release!):
I adore the fish in the SSS Best Fishes Stamp Set. Love them. They are the perfect size, fun to color and with the addition of some fun googly eyes you can add so much character. I'm currently addicted to googly eyes again. I've been raiding my stash of them and adding them to all kinds of critters!
I colored this fish with Copic Markers (the individual colors I used for coloring the images are listed and linked below in the supplies). I used the Copic Colorless "Blender" to remove some of the ink from my colored fish to give the impression he/she has gills. FYI: If you're not familiar with the Copic Colorless Blender it is not actually a blender but rather it "moves" the other colors away from where you lay down this ink. If you try to use it for blending you will be super frustrated! ;) I added some wiggle eyes to my fish using the Ranger Matte Medium to glue them in place after die cutting the fish with the coordinating Fish and Bowl Craft Dies.
For the water background in the fish bowl I used the Waves Stencil applying Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Ink with the Mini Ink Blending Tool on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, repeatedly moving the stencil and layering the inks until I got the coverage/color I wanted. Then I spritzed the paper with a Mini Mister filled with water to get the look of "bubbles" in the water. Distress ink works with water and the ink will move when water is introduced. Then I die cut the background using the Fish and Bowl Craft Dies. I added bubbles with the Salty Ocean Distress Ink distressing them with a paintbrush dipped in water and once dry I applied Glossy Accents to the bubbles.
I stamped a couple of images from the set with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and used a paintbrush dipped in water to soften them a bit. Then I colored in the "sand" with Copics and used the Colorless Blender to give some texture and then cut out the shape to glue along the bottom edge os the "water". I die cut the fish bowl again from SSS Slate Cardstock (three times) and layered them together to give the fish bowl some substance, then pieced the design together, adhering the fish with foam adhesvie.
I used the SSS Irregular Dots Stencil (from their last release Pure Sunshine) applying Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with the Mini Ink Blending Tool to SSS Sea Glass Cardstock. I used the SSS Frames Craft Dies super skinny frame to die cut this inked background, replacing the border with a white cardstock frame and stamping and embossing greetings on vellum and in the fish bowl to complete the card.
(Click SSS = to purchase from Simon Says Stamp, EH = to purchase from Ellen Hutson, MFT = to purchase from My Favorite Things, SB.COM = to purchase from scrapbook.com)