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Rainbow Carp

I wanted to have a little fun with my Koi stamp from my new Upstream set releasing on February 1st.  The other day I made a Hyperlapse video on my adding a lot of color to my Koi.  Check it out HERE.
Well, I had the inked up image sitting on my desk.  Guess I should make something!  Starting with a #10 Tag. 

I spritzed the image and set it aside.  With the other Koi in the set I created a resist.  While that cooled I grabbed my Versamark pen and used it for the Koi then coated it in UTEE which creates a thick wet look.

I used distress sprays tumbled glass and twisted citron over the resist.  It created a pretty watery background making the resist Koi pop.  Once dry I used my Bubbles stencil and texture paste for bubbles.

I found by adding a little heat to the texture paste it puffs up a little.  perfect for adding some blueprint sketch distress ink.

I cut the greens from garden greens die on grungboard.  With the negative cut I thought it might be a nice layer so it became a stencil.  Perfection...

I sprayed the green cuts with twisted citron and lucky lover.  With the left over distress spray ink on the mat I could ink my ribbon and create a quick background I had already stamped.  Just set aside when you need a background.

I added some more ink to the greens.  Then I looked at my UTEE.  I added some to the greens and the enamel makes it look like their are droplets of water.  More watercolor paper and the Jumbo Tattered Floral die!

I need a Lily flower so the small flower from the Jumbo Tattered Flower die.  Spritzed with yummy abandon coral and water.  Crinkle, pinch and ink the edges.  Then I added an antique silver metal button charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I popped the Koi up on 3D Foam squares so I can tuck things in behind.  Then I grabbed the "Remember to make memories" stamp from the Fallen Blossom set.  

Layer it all up and check out this watery Koi fish stamp.  I love how my Distress inks, markers and sprays make this Koi look vibrant.

The sentiment is stamped over the resist and texture paste bubbles.  It's broken up and I love it.  I almost covered it up... NAH...

I love the Lily in the corner with some added tiny tattered floral flowers rolled and not rolled.  Adding UTEE added a thick watery look to the Koi fish stamp and garden greens cuts.

The Koi looks like he's swimming under the flower and greens!

These Stamps are available to pre-order now.  I encourage you to ask you LSS to carry them.  So we can support all our LSS.  

Click HERE to check them out, share with your LSS or order now.  Shipping starts in February.

Some days I feel challenged...

Anything But Cute- Ring out the Old, Bring in the New (New stamps and trying a new technique)

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  1. I love it ! That stamp is adorable. Great job, as usual.

  2. Gorgeous tag, love these happy colors and great design!

  3. You know already how much I love your new stamps! The background you created for the koi is gorgeous and the koi itself looks amazing against the beautiful background. Loving the lily too!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne DT xx

  4. Exquisite work!!!
    Thank you so much for joining our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!!!!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  5. I love everything about your tag - the colours, your wonderful stamp, greenery die, your awesome flower, simply everything!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT

  6. OK, Nicole, now you've done it! I was just going to leave you one word--"BEAUTIFUL", but now after reading every single word, and sitting on the edge of my seat to see how this all came together, I must write you a novel. What a gorgeous fishie, just at the start, but adding that UTEE is brilliant (wished I'd thunk it!) for making him ummm, slimy, but in a good way. (Sorry, I don't generally like fish, but I make exceptions for Koi, especially yours!) What a vibrant focal panel, but then you layered up on that artful watercolor-y background that just makes me gasp! This is gorgeous from start to finish! I'll send you my address!

    Thank you for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT (and novelist)

  7. Fabulous Nicole, love the use of the UTEE, wonderful water effects and that gorgeous stamp! Wishing you every success my friend, Deb xo

  8. super congrats for your new stamps! Aboslutely stunning! This work is AMAZING! love the colors, so rich and vibrant and design! BArbara

  9. Such a stunning tag - the depth and intensity of colour is so beautiful, and huge congrats on your beautiful stamps.
    Alison x

  10. love the background and the koi of course will soon be many a folks favourite ;)


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