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Wacky Wednesday – Rainbow Fish Punch Art

The new catalog is filled with amazing new items including some fabulous new punches.  However, as punch art fills my creative mojo, Stampin’ Up! did retire some of my go-to punches this May.  I had my first punch class scheduled even before I truly thought it through.  Oh my, did I struggle for a while.  Sometimes you just have to stop second-guessing yourself and start playing!

The final card for my stamp camp proved to actually be the easiest card to make AND used four NEW punches!  That was truly a blessing!  Plus, it used some of the new In Colors – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Peekaboo Peach.  Bermuda Bay was a perfect addition to the color scheme.

I used the new Swirly Scribbles framelits for the seaweed.  Loved how easy that was!  The greeting is from our Greatest Greetings stamp set, and it is punched out with the new Classic Label punch.

The fish is created with the Best Badge punch for the body (one full punched piece in Peekaboo Peach, and then just a third of the top part of the punch in Peekaboo Peach, Glimmer Paper, and Bermuda Bay).  The fins are created with the medium leaf from the Blossom Builder punch in Bermuda Bay.  His mouth is actually a cut piece from a swirl from the Sprinkles punch in Basic Black.  (Thanks Melissa Cook for that improvement!)  His eye is a metal-rimmed pearl with a sharpie marker center.  Be sure to use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the body!

The trio of starfish are flowers from the Blossom Builder punch with a pearl in the middle.

I love this little guy – and so on trend with the new Finding Dory film this summer!

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Nail Polish Technique

Starting off with a bang, I have a card created last month using the Nail Polish Technique.  I’ve known about this technique for years, but just didn’t have the gumption to try it.  My stampers LOVED it – and everyone’s background came out different.  *WARNING – it is messy.  Please protect your hands, countertops, etc.

Here is the card:

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I was thinking of Father’s Day when we created these cards.  Men and nail polish, crazy right? Kind of cool that is Flag Day too with the patriotic colors scheme.

I usually keep my Technique Tuesday cards pretty simple as I want to show off the technique.  I do love the star theme though!

Here are the supplies you need for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Throw-Away Container
  • Water
  • Throw-Away Stirrer (chopstick/plastic knife/drinking straw)
  • Nail Polish (2-3 colors)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Gloves/Scrap Paper (DEFINITELY USE GLOVES)

Here are the instructions for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Fill container about 1/3 full of water.
  • Prepare your work area – protect surfaces and hands.
  • Drizzle in a few drops of nail polish, one color at a time.  Do not take too long.  Briefly stir colors.
  • Dip watercolor paper in to container and leave on top for about 2-3 seconds.  Check what is left on the watercolor paper.  If you want more design, dip again.
  • Take out of container and let dry.  If it curls, keep it under a heavy book once it is dried.

Use as a background on a card or tag or even for a scrapbook page.

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