When I first saw Julia's Challenge post--I thought she was nagging me (as I am nagging myself to get my *stuff-laden* home packed up. But, gladly she was not--it is was just the challenge to use packing materials in our cards (bubble wrap, packing tape, shipping tags, etc.).
"Hey, I can do that!" (she says as she is surrounded by such things)
Two other new things came into play, too. Clip art from Allison's blog (Stampin When I Can). A cute set of little guys called Boys of the World. AND a new set of Prismacolor markers I got for a fabulous price off the bay. (I think I will get Copics eventually, but this was an affordable place to start and play with the alcohol based markers before a SERIOUS investment.) I am fairly satisfied on how my first attempt went. As I suspected--I need some lighter color values for almost every color. I also found the colorless blender to be quite valuable.
This was also my first time stamping (or more precisely *printing*) with bubble wrap. I used Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink to ink the bubbles and stamped on SU!'s Whisper White--because I love how it takes the ink from solid stamps.
The Clip Art was printed on Georgia Pacific's white cardstock on my printer's *best* setting. The sentiment (I'm so punny--lol) was printed on some cardstock in my stash from Colorbok.
TIP: For printing out sentiments on colored cardstock or special papers. First print out the sentiment on plain (copy weight) paper on the regular or draft setting (to save ink). Cut your colored cardstock exactly or close (to provide trim room) to the correct size needed for your project. Hold the copy weight paper up to the light and place your cardstock in the proper place on the printed side of the sheet. Adhere with removable tape. Run through your printer (this time print on the best or matte cardstock setting). VOILA!
The only other detail I have to share with you is that I spread the stickles on the cardstock (and let it dry) before punching out the fish.
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