Monday, April 19, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 2: Gone Fishing and Quite a Catch

Welcome back to our previews!! Get ready for a day o' fish! Both sets are so different, but both really fun! First up is Theresa Momber's "Gone Fishin'", drawn in a classic vintage style you so love from her! I made a card for my father-in-law who is retired and lives on the bayou, and fishing can happen any ol' time of day there. :) Similar to a view master card, this interactive design turns, but has no "viewing window", so you see the fish on the wheel all the way around as they jump in and out of the water, here's how...
Cut a circle 3 3/4" from white CS. Stamp the two fish images around the edge.
Find the middle of the circle and poke a hole for your brad. An easy way to find the middle is to cut another circle the same size from scratch paper, fold into quarters, unfold and place over your stamped circle and poke where the folds intersect.

Color your fish. Cut a White mat 3 7/8 x 5 1/8" and a Black Onyx mat 4 x 5 1/4" and adhere together. Place the circle over the mat, pierce through the hole into the other two layers and insert your brad, loosely so it moves freely. Loose enough, not only will it turn but it will spin a good two revolutions with one little push! :) I used a white brad here, but any color is fine so long as it is covered up! Pop up the mats onto your card base to give it room to turn. You could make the water more realistic as well, but the greeting was so clean and modern, I kept to just use a solid mat, love this new color so much! Only use pop dots on the turquoise later at the bottom corners and about 1/3 of the way up, so as not to interfere with the wheel. (Sorry this pic is a little fuzzy, I didn't realize that until after assembling!)


Here is a closeup of the fish, colored with Copics, you can find great images online to give you ideas for their colors and markings.

Here you can see the card again, but with the fish in different places than before. This is so fun to have them endlessly flopping out of the water when paired with this cute greeting from the set, "Eat. Sleep. Fish." I added the popped up and colored stamped lure image to add more interest (and give you more peeks!) Water mat is Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea and card base is Kraft.

The next set we are previewing is Gina K's "Quite a Catch", filled with saucy sayings and sea life! This little guy cracks me up, he is so distressed or guilty, just don't know! But when I spied the "don't worry be happy" greeting, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the inside of the card: turn that frown upside down!!

With a black marker, ink up the fish except for the mouth and stamp. now ink the whole image and stamp the fish two more times and cut out one mouth. Use the whole fish ( the one in the middle) for the outside of the card and the mouthless fish (top image) with the new smile for the inside of your card.

Here it is with a whole new attitude!


And here is the inside of the card!! Notice how I swapped out not just the mouth, but I made the fish's colors a little brighter, switched the black classic die cut mat for a scalloped one, changed the blue polka dotted DP for a more more cheerful red ( both are Nina's new "Grungy Polka Dots" digi papers) and took the same blue paper to make a balloon using a circle punch and drawing in a little string.
"don't worry be happy" is one stamp, but you can split it up the way I did by inking the phrases separately with your marker and stamping on your mats. This card is sure to bring a smile to even the grumpiest face, don't you think? I had that Bobby McFerrin song in my head the whole time I was making it! (doo doo do doo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo, don't wor-ry, doo ooo ooo ooo, be HAP-PY" ) Card base is Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea.



Designers Participating in tonight's previews:


The Release Party is this Thursday, April 22 on StampTV. There will be challenges, contest questions, chatter, as well as tons of samples from the Design Team members from 7-10 (central time) all leading to the new products being available in GinaK's online store at 10pm. We'd love to have you join us for our monthly party!

29 comments:

Betty Benton said...

I love your "spinning wheel" fishes card along with the lure, but the little worried fish and how he changed into a happy fish had me laughing out loud. Maybe not rolling on the floor, but almost!!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is the cutest thing ever....I just love it....

joy said...

Really like your "new attitude" card and the way you split the sentiment! I would like the case your spinning wheel card - if you don't mind, when I get my stamp set.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh gosh......the "jumping" fish out of the water is soooo cool!!! And the fish face change......WHAT a phenomenal idea!!!!

Anita said...

Amazing cards! I love the spinner card.

tlgirl353 said...

Melanie- Your creativity just blew me away! Ok, I'm back--
loved both your cards!

Paula Laird said...

oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! You had me with the awesome coloring on the fish, then it spins!, then the sad fish in the next card smiles!!! WOW.

Sandy Knecht said...

Magnificient job on your cards with the fish. The coloring is superb!

Janice M said...

Love your coloring of the fish on the first card and the way you changed the face of the fish on the second card!!

Becky said...

OMG...These are just fabulous. I love that spinning wheel, and the coloring of those fish are awesome. And the "Don't worry" be happy is awesome also.

Betty Neville said...

These are amazing! Super coloring on the fish and the spinning wheel is SO creative! Love how you changed the sad face to a happy face on your second card!

NinaB said...

Amazing as usual, Melanie. I love those fish lips.

Miesje said...

Wonderful! I am so grateful that your thumb is better so that you can share your wonderful creations with us. Love the spinning card - I have never tried that.

craftieodamae said...

Love this set of stamps, so many awesome images, your card is awewsome!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Both cards are amazingly creative, Melanie! Love the spinning fish card - how clever - and you're coloring is terrific! Love how you changed up the fish in the second card!

emilymomto3boys said...

wow, those are both very fun, Mel!

Beth S said...

Thanks for a great tutorial. Loved both cards but the spinning fish blew me away. Fantastic.

Donna said...

Both cards are truly amazing! Love the idea of the wheel and the fish jumping out of the water but the tutorial is wonderful and I agree the look is priceless. Great cards, Mel!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Both cards are outstanding, but what you did with Gina's fish is priceless!

Tina Gilliland said...

Melanie, your coloring on the first card is phenomenal!!! I LOVE IT!!! That second... HA HA... LOVE his big ol lips being turned into a smile!! LOL Great designs, GF!

Theresa Momber said...

OMGosh, Melanie, these are both so amazing! Love the jumping fish! Brilliant idea! So adorable how you gave that fish a smile!

Jessica said...

Genious, Melanie! You're a Genious!!! LOVE your spinner card and that fishy smile is cracking me up!!

Lagene said...

Oh my goodness that was a fun card & tutorial!!! thanks!!

redwasher1 said...

WOW! I love your wonderful cards!! The spinner and that smile!! Perfect!!

Lori said...

This is the best jumpin' fish! And the frown upside down is genius!

SherylH said...

Love both the cards -- the "don't worry be happy" is fantastic -- just what I needed to see today!

Sandra said...

sooo cute!
Sandra

Donna said...

oh my goodness - this cracks me up! John likes it too, I just had to show it to him-he said it's super creative! the fish card is nice too, love your coloring of the fish

Carolyn King said...

awesome....love how you turned his frown upside down!