Fish out of water

My father loves fishing as much as he loves “Star Wars,” so it’s a given that the cards I create for him will be inspired by one of these topics.

After several years, I haven’t reached “crafter’s block” yet when making cards fro my dad. For Father’s Day this year, I gave a paper fish a voice via a wood veneer talk bubble. I also made waves by using a border punch as a template.

It’s too bad fish can’t speak. “Hey! Stop dangling that bait in my face!” “Hey! Put me back in the water! I was on a date!”


Here’s how to make it:

Stamp a fish image (I used white bass by Stampabilities) in black ink (such as Versfine in onyx black) onto a piece of white cardstock.


Color the fish using markers (I used Marvy LePlume II markers in No. 13 ochre, No. 39 ash grey, No. 51 aqua grey, No. 91 tan and No. 102 jade green) and cut it out, leaving a small margin around its edges.


Cut two pieces of textured navy cardstock (such as Bazzill Basics cardstock in admiral) to 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches and 4 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Cut two pieces of silver cardstock (mine’s from the Colorbok pearlescent neutrals collection) to 4 inches by 2 inches and 4 inches by 1 inch. Trim one horizontal edge of each piece in a wavy line (I used the dotted wave EK Success Paper Shaper punch to create a template, which I traced on my pieces and cut). Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of light-blue textured cardstock, and adhere the largest navy piece to the lower portion of the card’s front, half an inch from the edges and with the wavy line pointing up. Adhere the largest silver piece over the navy piece, lining up the left, right and lower edges. Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the other navy piece over the silver piece in the same fashion.


Adhere the fish cutout to the shorter navy piece, at an angle and close to the right edge.


Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the smallest silver piece to the navy piece, lining up the left, right and lower edges. Adhere a wood veneer die-cut of a talk bubble with “HEY!” (mine’s from the Hipster collection by Basic Grey) above the fish cutout.


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