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Journey through an exotic reef

A short post this time, as I’m tired. No interesting text this time, so just sit and relax and watch the aquarium. Uh photo’s.



(Was also made for the Vandicrafts Artistry challenge: birthday, but I am too late for that one. Hmm maybe I am on time for anything goes?)(Oh too late for that one too, but the current theme fits as well: make your own background.)

The reef is printed. The origin is a background I made earlier. (See the post about marbled pearls). I scanned it and edited it digitally, then printed. This will be available in my shop too.The fish is from Designs by Ryn, the seaweed is a crafter’s workshop stencil, and the text is Stampendous. (could be wrong there).

After printin the background I stamped the fish with Stazon Pumpkin or Crimson red. Then I took my distress inks (ripe persimmon, wild honey, dried marigold, rusty hinge, and maybe a few more), dabbed them onty an acryllic block and took a waterbrush to colour the fish. I also went over the edge of the reef and a bit in between the stones with that brush – the ink of the printer is watersoluble so the colours brighten a bit.


I then masked off the fish and coloured the water around her, using a distress marker and a waterbrush. Then I placed the stencil and coloured it with various green/red colour distress inks. Only after that did I remove the mask from the fish.

To finish it off I added paper/gloss/perlen pearls to the overhanging of the reef. (Now that I look at it, next time I should make bubbles from them!). I did some marbling in them. The eye of the fish is made with the gloss/paper pen first, then let it dry and cover the pupil with glossy accents.


Last, I stamped the sentiment. To make it stand out more I outlined the text with a white pen.

Ink the edges a bit and glue onto a card – this could be quite a fast card! Looks lovely, doesn’t weigh too much (to keep the postage costs in check) and looks cheerfull.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:


6 thoughts on “Journey through an exotic reef

    • Thank you 🙂 it was a bit of a challenge to use these colours, but I like how it turned out. I don’t really like water, I am more comfortable behind a tv watching underwaterscenes then participating in one :P.

  1. Hey Debbie, when you said that you were tired and not in the mood to write too much I expected just a few words. But you still managed to write a thorough description of your card!!! I love the marbled bubbles. Such a cool effect!!!!! This card looks like you are looking out from a cave. Thanks for adding it to my challenge 🙂

    • Haha well how I made a card is about the minimum that I write, I can’t just post pictures – I have to explain a bit of the process too. Maybe I should have said it wasn’t a half hour read like it often is ;).
      The fascinating thing about the underwater world is that there are still places to be discovered, and fish have all kinds of colours. So there could be an underwater cave with these colours, luminated by some fluorescent moss, which reflects on the fish that swim by..

  2. Wow this is just stunning! I love the marbled bubbles! I am glad this one fit this weeks theme and you still managed to have a lively post despite your tiredness! 🙂 Thank you for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge! Be sure to come back Saturday or Sunday to vote for your favorite two crafts. 🙂
    Melissa – Vandicrafts

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