Saturday, August 24, 2013

WORST CARD EVER .. Ok maybe Not!!

A couple of days ago I got inspired to try a fishbowl card with actual water. I have seen a couple of these and thought "How hard could that be?"  AHH, famous last words!!

I gathered my tools; a hot glue gun, window sheet, treat cup(s) and of course my cute little stamp!

I stamped my image on Whisper White and coloured it with my Copic Markers, yes I am one of those people who loves my copics, but more on that later.  Once I had the cute little fish bowl ready I plugged in my hot glue gun and cut out a 2 3/4" square window sheet to fit on the back of my treat cup. 
The idea was that I fill the cup with water and few sparkles, spread hot glue around the edge and attach my window sheet getting a great watertight seal!  Easy right?  Yeah NO!

Here is a picture of my first couple of tries!
So I think the first time the glue was not hot enough, the second time I was not fast enough and that third try I used white glue, yeah, don't do that!  It does not work, at all!

So I forgot to take a picture of my final cup but it looks very much like the top picture, maybe a little neater but not much. I hid the monstrous mess below some pretty DSP and Cardstock!
In the end I got a really great card and I learned that hot glue is not my friend.  I was never very crafty until I got hooked on Stampin' UP, for just this reason!  If only SU made "watertight seal adhesive" :)
Here it is, the card that caused me to run next door cursing and smiling at the same time. 
 I always vent to my wonderful neighbour!

 On with the details of the card.  When I finally got a workable fishbowl I had to come up with a super cute card that would show off my creation!  In the end I wanted something simple that would highlight the fishbowl and not detract from it.

I used a white base with layers of Rich Razzelberry, Pumpkin Pie, more White and a Tempting Turquoise DSP on the top.  I added some Pumpkin Pie Candy Dots and a white banner with my sentiment.

I used a lot of Dimentionals to allow for the thickness of my treat cup (with all that glue), I had to double up.   I stamped the fishbowl on the Turquoise DSP and punched out a 1 3/8 circle to allow the treat cup to come through.
Now I mentioned my Copics earlier and I have never mentioned them before so here is my confession.  Stampin' Up used to have a policy about using Non-Stampin Up products and as a Demo I could not promote them on my blog.  I kept them in my craft room, hidden from view and only pulled them out for my own use and for fun.  They are so fun to colour with and face it your inner child wants to colour, its a great stress reliever too!
Copics are alcohol based and they blend and colour so beautifully.  I wanted my fish to really pop.  The colours were so vibrant that I used them on the sentiment too!
Ok so my worst card ever turned out to be super cute and I cannot wait to give it to someone!
Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!
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Janet Y



  1. Thanks for sharing your experience. I have been considering trying this. That card makes it look so simple. Now I know it isn't as easy as they made it look.

  2. Super cute card! I think you could definitely call it a success!

  3. Very cute! Glad to know that I'm not the only one with these type if "issues"!

  4. I heard the best thing to use was hair gel instead of water! Two of my friends received swaps in SLC with the water and the leaked and the card was ruined! So... Maybe try hair gel?!


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