FMS225 By The Tide Fishies

Hello!  It’s time for another Freshly Made Sketches blog challenge, and our host this week is the uber-talented Jen Mitchell.  Jen’s sketch brought me immediate ideas; I hope it does the same for you!



Whenever I use Stampin’ Up’s By The Tide stamp set, I almost always heat emboss the fish, and if I don’t have the right color of embossing powder, I just add clear embossing over top of my already inked image.  After inking and clear embossing, I colored each fish with a blender pen and Daffodil Delight ink and then added a light layer of Wink of Stella.  Their eyes got a little filling in with a black marker and a dab of Crystal Effects.  They have such wonderful texture when they’re done.


For the ‘U’, I used 3-4 layers of clear embossing powder to really make the image pop.  The ‘thank’ is also heat embossed with clear, but it’s one layer.  Both stamps are from Simon Says Stamp Big U Words.


Everything was placed on the vertical strip made with My Favorite Things Lots of Dots background stamp (stamped in Pool Party ink on Pool Party card stock).  A few Rainstones by Pretty Pink Posh gave this card its finishing touch.


FMS225 Jen MPlease come check out Freshly Made Sketches blog to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has made to inspire you this week.  I hope you’ll play along with us!

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  1. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh my goodness I adore everything about this card! Those lil fishies are so unbelievably lifelike and so detailed. You’ve mixed perfect colours with great embellishments!

  2. Amie Kiger

    I adore your bubbles! All that embossing sure looks fab–I never thought to do it in layers! 🙂

  3. Jen Mitchell

    I’ve got to hand it to you Cindy, this is the best card I’ve ever seen with fish hands down! The colors are so vibrant, the sentiment is fabbo and I really think I’m looking at these little guys through a fish tank! Amazing!

  4. Jen Brum

    This is such a fabulous card Cindy! I love those fish! They are amazing! The sentiment is fabulous too! So fun!

  5. Karen Ashbrook

    Great card, love the shimmer and shine on the fish. Karen x

  6. KarrenJ

    Your fish look wonderful, Cindy, and the embossing is so rich-looking! The rainstones look fabulous, too 🙂

  7. Patti

    LOVE this bold bright and oh so springy card!!


  8. Bobbi Miller

    WOW! These little fish are so real looking! Did you hand snip them out because I don’t remember a framelit for them. Great job! The wink of stella adds just the right amount of “fish scales”. Perfect!

  9. Brian King

    The shine on those fish – brilliant. Love this card!

  10. Greta H

    What a fun use of the sketch!

  11. linda callahan

    Love how all that embossing just shimmers and shines…..why do I feel like singing Under the Sea???? Beautiful card!

  12. Jen Timko

    This is fantastic! I have never known what to do with this stamp set and you make it look easy! Love the colors!

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