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Friday, 21 July 2017

CAS Koi Carp

Hi everyone.  My card today features a fairly new to me technique using tissue paper.  I have used it on just one of my cards in the past as a sea themed background and I decided to go with a sea theme this time.  This month's CAS Mix Up Challenge has asked for stamping, tissue paper and your choice of technique and I have chosen heat embossing, die cutting and some watercolouring too.


I started with the tissue paper background and got out my Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Shaded Lilac.  I laid the inks from the pad down randomly on to my glass mat and sprayed with some water and lowered the roughly 5"square of tissue paper over it, rubbing the back until it had soaked up the inks, before lifting and laying it down on a piece of copy paper and dried it with my heat tool.  I did this two or three times to build up the colour.  I have to confess that the first couple of times it fell apart too much on lifting and I had to start again, but third time lucky.  It had a couple of minor tears which I was able to pull together when mounting it on to a snippet of square white card.  I scrunched it up before doing this and glued it down with some PVA glue all over and making sure to keep the creases.  I then rubbed Versamark Ink which coated the surface crinkles and then added WOW Metallic Silver Embossing Powder which I heat set.

I then cut a frame from a snippet of white card using a set of stitched square dies, the two biggest of them,  and adhered this over the top.  This left some of the tissue paper layer beyond the frame and I trimmed this until it was just a narrow blue border.  In the photo it doesn't look very level but in real life it is better I think.

I found another snippet of white card for the Koi Carp from a set by Sheena Douglass, unfortunately they don't seem to be available now.  There are two sizes and I used the smaller.  I stamped them using Smokey Gray Versafine Ink and heat set using WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I then coloured them with my Lyra Water Brush Markers laying them down on my glass mat and picking up the colour with a waterbrush.  I then cut them out and glued them on to the framed tissue layer.

I finished by mounting the topper on to a 7" square white card and added a die cut sentiment using a snippet of silver mirri card backed with Stick It adhesive.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.







I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up July Challnge (I am thrilled to have been chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 289/90 where we use our snippets of card or paper etc.
Virginia's Summer Blog Party - Summer Creations.
Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge - Texture.
Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 251 Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More July Challenge - For the Boys.

27 comments:

  1. Great job with the tissue paper watercolouring, Pat! I love your blue with silver highlights "sea". Gorgeous with the beautiful two Koi popped on top. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

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  2. A superb masculine card Pat and interested reading what you did with the tissue, it certainly gives a very water-like feel as a backdrop to the Koi Carp.

    I have done similar with inks and glitter but placed it behind acetate but will be giving your way a go just as soon as I can get back into my crafting again (been in hospital and think my Mojo is still there).

    Many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

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  3. This is simply delightful, loving your background too

    Have a great weekend

    Kathyk

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  4. The tissue background makes a fabulous background for the fish Pat. The different shades of blue really gives it an underwater effect. Lovely colouring of the fish.
    Have a super weekend.
    Flo x

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  5. A beautiful card Pat. A great technique and I love the background you've made. Barbxx

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  6. Yes I am loving this technique too...so very effective and so much you can do with it. Such a glorious card with such a fabulous background. Also love the way you've coloured the koi x

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  7. Hi there Pat! This is a lovely card for a male - loved reading about your tissue paper technique (sounds nice and messy, right up my street!!!). I'm a big fan of Sheena and recognise those fish! Well done and good luck at Penny Black and More, Leanne DT xxxxxx

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  8. OMG, gorgeous, Pat!! That Loll has made herself and this technique famous all throughout the world! Your result and how you designed with it are so sensational!! Hugs, Darnell

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  9. LOVE this card Pat - what a lovely result and fascinating to read how you did it from beginning to end as well. Must try the tissue paper technique - it certainly lends itself to water and ripples the way you've done it!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  10. Hi Pat, the tissue paper with embossing is beautiful and is a perfect background for the Koi. I watched a video tutorial using this technique (a link at Darnell's blog) I want to try it, hope I can remember about when I finally have my craft room and supplies again :) xx

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  11. Your tissue paper piece is gorgeous, Pat, and I love how some peeks out around the frame! The koi look very happy swimming here! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  12. What a great take on the CAS Mix up challenge, love the goldfish.
    Thanks for sharing at HLS Anything Goes with Dies too. :)

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  13. Fantastic!!! Gorgeous background for those sweet images. Thank you for sharing your card with ATSM!

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  14. Simply beautiful card...love your gorgeous fish! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ATSM!

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  15. I have never seen so many amazing cards as I have in this challenge. Pat a stunning card using this tissue paper technique and those amazing Koi fish on your card so so eye catching. Love it.

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  16. I love this Pat. It was really interesting to read how you've made it and it's a technique that I've never tried before, so watch this space ;). The fish look fabulous and stand out beautifully against your lovely background. While I'm here, I'd just like to say thank you for the very kind comments that you've left on my blog recently. I really appreciate them and your visits. Wishing you a happy and colourful week. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  17. Your embossed tissue is just beautiful and a lovely background for which your fish to swim Pat! what a creative design! thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up Challenge! Julia xx

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  18. Beautiful card, Pat. The tissue background is perfect for the lovely fish. I must get round to trying this technique. xx

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  19. this is a gorgeous card Pat, the background is so pretty, perfect for the swimming fish. Isn't this tissue paper technique so much fun! Cathy x

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  20. I love the beautifully colored Koi, Pat! The blue tissue paper background is perfect for the Koi! Hideko

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  21. Beautiful. The background is so pretty and the fish are gorgeous!

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  22. This is a great background you have created here for those fabulous fish Pat my friend! Great colouring, and I love how you have popped up the fish and that you have chosen not to contain them within the frame, it makes the whole design flow freely! Have a great weekend my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  23. Popping back to congratulate you on the well-deserved recognition from CAS Mix-Up, Pat!! Whoot!! Hugs, Darnell

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  24. Such a clever idea to use the water theme and so glad you got the shout out for it from CAS mixup. It was such a fun challenge and you are on a roll...many many congratulations x

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  25. WOW! Talk about a lovely work of art with the koi and the tissue paper water! You've certainly aced this technique in a most eye-catching fashion! Thank you for sharing this gem in the HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge gallery!
    ~carol

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  26. This is so awesome! I love that background.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

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