Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just Swimmin' By...

After deciding to make a card with a goldfish, I thought I would also try the gel technique, which seemed like a good idea at the time. Here's the result:

I found that 24 hours after making it, it seemed to have grown a little in size, developed wrinkles, and had many more bubbles. Perhaps I have too much gel - I really don't know. I do like the bubbles and, of course, they move as you move the card. I know of someone who mailed 25 gel cards and one leaked. I think this card may require hand delivery, not only because of the possibility of leaking, but also because it weighs 1.7 ounces so would require additional postage.

First the bag of gel was created and sealed with lots of tape. The image was affixed to the white card base, then the gel bag laid over and adhered. Using the circle die, a hole was cut in the Calypso Coral and DSP panels. The DSP corners were fussy cut. The Coastal Cabana piece was created with a ruler, pencil and some fussy cutting, then stamped with texture. A die was used to cut the hole. This was adhered to the DSP. The die cut wavy pieces and sentiment were also adhered and the enamel dots added. This entire stack was backed with craft foam and popped up onto the white card base to give the gel bag space as well. The inside of the card was decorated with coordinating wavy die cut pieces.

This card is being entered in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #155. Stop by and view the blog.

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, downloading, gel card
Size: 5" x 6.5"

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamps: "Chalk Lines" (texture lines)
Inks: Coastal Cabana; Stampin" Write Markers in Tangerine Tango & Daffodil Delight to color the fish image
Cardstock: Whisper White. Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana
DSP: stash
Misc.: Dimensionals

Other Materials:
Image: Fish download from Bugaboo Digital Designs; sentiment computer generated
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles; Reverse Confetti "Doin' the Wave"
Misc.: Enamel stickers, husband's shaving gel


  1. I have never seen this technique before - this is so cool! What a neat idea (but I can certainly understand the concern of mailing a card of this nature...) Love the colour scheme and the original approach to this sketch. Thanks for playing with Atlantic Hearts again - always great to see your inspiring artwork!

  2. So cute Melanie! Live your goldfish swimming in the water. Your card turned out perfectly!!

  3. WOW Melanie, again, I LOVE IT! What a fun technique. Awesome job. I learn so much by reading your Blog! Great card, superb colours and cute stamp... LOL!! TY for playing with us over at Atlantic Hearts! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  4. The bubbles in the gel makes it that more realistic...love the color combination and sentiment...adorable goldfish and looks quite happy in her bowl. Great card.

  5. omg.. so adorable! Love the gel... I'll have to give that a try... LOVE it! And the fish reminds me of Lady Fish from The Incredible Mr. Limpet!

  6. This is so cool! I've never heard of that technique, but it works perfectly for this card! Love the colors, too!

    1. Forgot to add - thanks so much for joining us at AHSC!

  7. This is adorable! Love that technique! Thanks for joining us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

    Jess - DT

  8. OMG my girls would love to do something like this for their dad the fisherman for father's day. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Great card, I love the colours! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  9. What a fun and original card! and such a cute little goldfish, too, great job! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.