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Fragmented Fishes

Ok, the fishes aren’t really fragmented, I just wanted an alliteration in the title. The paper on which the fish and octopus are stamped was fragmented though.

Maybe I should show the cards first:


What was used?

  • Stamps from Designs by Ryb: Sea Bubbles, Octopus and School of fish.
  • Old sheet of musicpaper
  • White gelpen
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
  • distress inks: peacock feathers, tumbled glass and broken china.
  • stazon Jet Black
  • Mod Podge / decoupage glue.
  • embossing folder
  • circle die

How was it made?

  • Take your music paper, put some distress ink on it (splatter, lightly brush and spray, however you like it, just use light colours.)
  • Tear the music paper in little pieces, and randomly glue it onto cardstock.
  • Put it in an embossing folder
  • Ink the highlights a bit – those are not very visible anymore because I sprayed it afterwards with glimmer mist or dylusions ink spray, (can’t remember which one) which darkened the piece quite (I shouldn’t have done it).
  • Cut out the circular shape]
  • stamp the fish(es) and colour them.
  • Highlight with white gelpen, ink the edges, and put decoupage glue on top of it all to seal it off. Don’t brush too much or you’ll spread the ink / neocolors around.
  • The background: put distress ink onto an acryllic block, spray lightly with water and press the acryllic block on the paper. Add a stamp to it for extra swirls.


The second card uses about the same materials, maybe some additions like shabby shutters distress ink and the cardinal fish. The star and bubblestamp is from a fairy set stamp from Chocolate Baroque. The sentiment is from a sea-creature set (mermaids?) from Chocolate Baroque. Here I embossed the music paper first, then inked it, then tore it and glued it back onto a piece of cardstock.


7 thoughts on “Fragmented Fishes

  1. Oh those are so cool! They have a sort of fragmented look to them so I think the title still works 😉 Like the bits of music sheet as texture. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I know what you mean about a set of cards emerging at once. It works like that for me as well. Thanks for sharing – as always 🙂

  2. I love your alliterative title! And the cards too… the fragmented scraps make such a cool background and that fish with his wonderful flowing fins is just lovely!
    Alison xx

    • I always admire your quotes – now I finally got myself a good alphabet stamp set, although it feels like the letters are still quite big (I used them on the post WOYWW # 269 card), but at least now I don’t need to buy tons of text stamps! Yay! (uh wait what, a reason NOT to buy stamps? ehm…)

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