By Cardmaking & Scrapbook Layout Contributor, Peg from the blog “Peg’s Crafting Corner”.
A lot of kids aren’t interested in receiving cards and often toss them aside, but here’s one that they will love to get and to use. After the birthday fun is over they can remove the fish tag and use it to mark the spot in their favorite book they’re reading or to use as a key ring just by adding a split ring or a swivel clasp. The card is easy to make and CreateForLess carries all the supplies you will need to do it. You will be able to have fun, too, by making one for each of the children in your family.
- Orange, Blue and Yellow Cardstock
- White Cardstock to stamp on
- Orange Peel Stickles
- Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade
- Hole Punch
- D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder
- Ornamental Iron Combo Die and Embossing Folder
- Die Cut/Embossing Machine
- Ink Blending Tool
- Fiskars Boundary Waters Punch
- Fiskars Scalloped Tear Edger
- Stamps: Cute Fish Cling by Inkadinkado
- Card Sentiments by Autumn Leaves
- Your Favorite Markers
- Your Favorite Adhesive
- Circle Cutter or 2″ Circle Punch
- Aluminum Foil
To make the card:
Start by cutting a 10″ x 7″ piece of orange cardstock, fold in half and lay aside. Cut a piece of yellow cardstock to 6 ½” x 4 ½” and punch the circle in the upper left corner leaving about ½” from the left side.
Using the Tear Edger, tear a piece of aluminum foil using the large scalloped edge.
Place the aluminum foil on yellow cardstock and with the Weathered Wood Distress Ink and Ink Blending Tool make a quick upward motion starting on the aluminum foil and sliding up over the edge of it. Repeat with the Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink making sure to do the entire width of the cardstock. This will create the horizon line. You can lay this aside and allow to dry a little.
Next, punch the waves using the Boundary Waters Punch and 2 strips of cardstock measuring 1 ½”x 7″ and 2″ x 7″. Stamp the sentiment on the 1 ½” x 7″ piece.
Adhere all of the pieces to the card making sure to fasten only the bottom of the waves so that the tag can be placed in behind it. Highlight the edge of circle with the Stickles and allow to dry completely to add a little bling to the card.
For the tag:
Stamp the fish on white cardstock, color and cut out. Using the Ornamental Iron die, cut out the tag and place in the D’Vine Swirls Embossing Folder and run it through your embossing machine. Ink the raised areas of the tag either by inking the embossing folder before running the tag through or run the stamp pad across it after it has been run through the machine.
Adhere the fish to the tag and laminate it. Trim the excess laminate off.
Punch open the hole in the tag so that you can put in a piece of ribbon if you’d like or to add the key ring.
Place the tag behind the waves making it look like the fish has jumped out of the water. The card is now finished. The next time you give a child a card you can do it knowing there’s a little fun attached that will be used after the big celebration.