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BAH HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!  I couldn't resist!    "Simon says" . . . "Salmon sezzz" . . .    Yeah.  I know.  I have a good time all by me onsie, don't I?! 

Lemme say this:  I am jazzed.  JAZZED!!!  Got sumpin' *uber* tricksy to share.

Courtesy, I must say with many thanks, of Marianne, Chief Copic Specialist.  Last November, Marianne showed me how to create fish scales.  I've been dying to try it myself ever since.  Time kinda blew by me, tho.  Lolly. 

I got to play all last Saturday in my studio, and had a ball!  This was one of the projects I was bent on creating. I LOVE the results!  And, f'oh sh'oh, we can always use more GUY ideas, eh?!

I come from a family of fly fishermen, and married into a family of fishermen. Generations. On both sides. *grin*  So, I love fishing related images!  Fishy's cute and a long-time fave of mine, but, my men would be far more impressed with a card starring Salmon.

I thought the new Eucalyptus would make a perfect backdrop to showcase the 3D mounted focal in this design.  And, I was right. 

I had to hand-script the sentiment, tho; no stamp.  "Seize the fish."   Yup.  My guys will be duly impressed.  *grin*


Salmon was stamped with A Muse Black Dye*, excellent for open line images and coloring with Copics.  Then, he was colored with Willow and Pale Olive Copics.  I pressed the fine tip end of a Copic Original Blender Pen to create fish scales.

Is that not COOL???!!!!

Unfortunately, the Copic Blender pen is often misunderstood; it's not really a blender in the sense that we stampers tend to think of "blender pens".  It's more like a color-pusher tool.  Better yet, think of it as a color BROOM.  It pushes or repels the color around, rather like, as Marianne said, " . . . sweeping sand".  It's not a vacuum.  It cannot "remove" color.  But, it enables you to manipulate the color.

In the above example, the Blender Pen has actually repelled the green inks away from the pressure point, and created the appearance of ink having been removed.  At any rate, IMHO, quite impressively tricksy!

Stamp Images:  Salmon, Eucalyptus; Paper:  Chiffon Green 4 bar note card, Fern & Fr. Roast paper by A Muse Artstamps; Inks:  A Muse Black Dye*, Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Olive Pastel; Copic Original Markers:  Willow, Pale Olive, Blender; Other:  Making Memories Antique Copper Mini Brads

*A Muse Black Dye features fast-drying properties especially conducive to working with Copics (alcohol-based) markers.  However, I highly recommend purchasing a reinker at the same time you get the ink pad; much like other inks with faster-drying properties, such as Versamagic and Brilliance, the pad tends to dry out faster.

  1. Love the scales! I wish my handwriting was as cute as yours.

  2. Wowza! That’s some fish!!! :) As always, you are an inspiration!!

  3. Beau-ti-mous! Lovin’ your tricksy technique!! and Eber-so-cool handwriting!! My dad and brothers and father in law all love to fish. What a great idea to use on a future card for one (or all) of them.

  4. Awesome Jules! Love the scales with the blender!

  5. Oh my!!! What a brilliant woman you are!!! Love the “seaweed”

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