Thursday, October 23, 2014

Koi Carp

The background on this card
is another piece that  I made using
I hade used  an Emerald Acrlic Silkies paint
by Imagination Crafts this time along with
green/blue/purple distress inks.
It has ben sat on my desk for the last 2 weeks
as I couldn't make up my mind how to use it.
I had first thought to use it as a sky background
but the more I looked at it the more it started to look
like under water  murkiness!
I have also had a challenge in mind  waiting for me to  come up with an idea
and it  finally all came together late last night.
The Koi Carp is a stamp by Sheena Douglas
'Koi and Water Lillies.'
which I inked using DI in 'Vintage Photo' onto some
really old scraps of thick paper so old it had turned a yellow colour!
I painted using water colours which have a metallic mix to them
and fussy cut. I went round the edges using  a grey green marker pen.
The bubbles effect is made from my Ryan art stamp 'Water Droplets'
stamped with black  Stazon  ink straight onto the background.
The sentiments are silver peel offs that I have had for ages.
The top one says  Wisdom and the bottom Courage.
I mounted  the koi up just slightly using 1mm sticky pads
and matted onto navy and then grey pearlised card.
IRL the card has a lovely gloss and sheen to it.
Entering into the following challenges:
Artful Times #66 Go green (background and fish are shades of green).
Crafty Card Makers #125 It's only words.
Paper Minutes #344 Maritime.
Craft Room  # Make your own background.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #147 Use up your snippets (aged yellowing card).


  1. This is beautiful Valery Anne ! I love the bubbles ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  2. Oooh really lovely card Mrs A!


    Di xx

  3. This is beautiful, the Koi are great but those bubbles really make it. Love the colours in the background.

  4. Hi Mrs A,
    what a super card.
    Love the Koi Carp stamped images.
    Those bubbles look amazing.
    I bet this looks really fab in real life, so to speak.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Lovely background and the bubbles are just brilliant. Fabulous card! xx

  6. A beautiful card Mrs A, love your background and water droplets. Carol x

  7. This is gorgeous!! l have that rain drops stamp and you have used it so well along side your koi carp nice colours too! xx

  8. Really lovely card and great background.

    Kath x

  9. This is the perfect background for the pretty koi! Love the bubbles!

  10. Must get those Koi stamps! Absolutely stunning - love all of this Karen x

  11. this is such a gotgeous card, and I love this background!

    Huhs, Heike

  12. Fabulous background, beautiful card.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  13. This card is gorgeous. I love the water droplets. Sadly for our challenge the text is not prominent enough. We were really after creations with text as the main focal point, but allowed others if they were really prominent.

    Good luck with your other challenges though, and we really hope to see you back another time.

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  14. Ooh this is fab! Love how you've created the water and the bubbles look great
    Lucy x

  15. The water background is so pretty. I think this card is wonderful. The fish are gorgeous and the bubbles just make it perfect. It is soothing.

  16. What a lovely effect. The background is superb and I love those Silks paints so must have a go along with the technique.
    Fabulous composition.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times
    Hugs, Neet xx

  17. Mrs A you are amazing...sorry if I am so behind in my with dad all day every day now as he is so frail....:(
    This is just adorable, love the designed creation and of course the image is delightful...hope you have entered my candy which ends soon...
    aNNie .xx

    The Journey is the Start

  18. Love your beautiful fishy card. Pity I don't live near to you, I could burn your tree on my fire.
    We had wind apparently, but not strong enough to down trees!
    Zue xxx

  19. A super card, your background with the water drops looks amazing, a perfect setting for the koi carp.
    Jean x

  20. That's quite an outstanding background you've created, and it's perfect for the Koi swimming around! Nice card!

  21. Great background fascinating technique. Love how you used it with the fish and overall oriental feel. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  22. fabulous background!! which complements the carp so well, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi xx

  23. A beautiful card, the background is lovely, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  24. Oh, this is absolutely fantastic! Gorgeous work x


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