I'm feeling a little bit better today and decided to make my cards for the March OSA Koi Swap. Last Week I asked my friend Ignacio the owner and graphic designer at Nicecrane if he had a Koi images, When he replied to me it was "I do now"! He had worked up a new set of Japanese Koi digital stamps! This gave me 5 images to choose from !
When I do these swap I always try to make my cards unique, we all do , that is half the fun of it! Two months ago I did another Koi swap and I wanted this one to look very different from the last one, but I loved the technique so I did want to repeat that!
This was January's card:
For this months card
I did another vellum printing overlay - very simple but very beautiful! The key with this is having an excellent graphic to print out, these Koi are perfect for this technique!
I printed out on 29# vellum. You can see the detail on the vellum here, One thing to remember when printing on vellum: It takes a little longer for the paper to dry. The vellum surface is very dry and it takes a bit longer for the ink to set in the paper.
I then printed two "texture images" from Nicecranes' Beautiful Japanese Texture background set.
you can see where I was running out of ink on the print on the left - that's okay, it looked lovely!
I Used a little ATG tape to adhere the layers together and a coat of this shimmery nail polish to give the scale a wet look
You can see how beautiful the background looks under the fish! I added a little distress inks to the edges for a little more depth.
I die cut an oval in my card stock and added some embellishments
Here are the finished cards!
I also used several of the Koi images printed on regular paper to make into ATC for another time, they print up beautiful on regular paper!!
I hope you give this overlay technique a try sometime it is really beautiful and not time or supply intensive!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
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