Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fish More

Hi there!

I've been waiting to share today's projects with you for a while. A few weeks ago my brother celebrated his 30th birthday. I used the new Fish More set from Wplus9 for his card and a little framed gift. I adored the fishing vest card that Dawn made during the last release, and when she offered it as a free electronic cut file, I knew right away I wanted to give it a try.

I thought that Dawn's version of this vest was perfect. The little label on the inside of the vest, the tag on the pocket - it was fantastic. I carried these elements through to my design and love how it turned out.

I cut the fishing vest from True Thyme cardstock, then stamped the vest and the pockets with the Weave Backgrounder in True Thyme ink. It just adds a little bit of texture and resembles fabric.  I inked the edges of everything with Distress Ink before assembling. As you can see, I left some space in the upper left pocket so I could tuck some cash in there.

The tag for the inside was cut using the Label Layers 4 Die. I used markers from Stampin' Up! to selectively color portions of the sentiment.

The other thing I made using this set was a framed piece of art.

I started with an 8 x 10 dark brown wooden frame and cut a sheet of Oatmeal cardstock to fit the inside. Then I die cut a boat load of the different fish lures also out of Oatmeal cardstock (I just want to interject that this is my *most favorite* cardstock. I LOVE IT. I struggle to not use it on everything I make).

I used Stampin' Write markers again to color the lures in. I just colored directly on the stamp, huffed on it, and stamped it on my cardstock. If you are looking for a perfectly stamped image, this might not be the method for you. But since I wanted my lures to look a little old and worn, this technique worked out perfectly.

I laid all the stamped fish lures out on the sheet of cardstock and arranged them how I wanted them - I tried to distribute shapes and colors throughout the design. Then I stamped all the hooks on the lures before adhering them down with dimensional foam tape. The stamped strip of text through the middle helps to break things up and even out the spacing of the design.

Here's my brother, putting the 'work less, fish more' adage into practice. When he's not actually fishing, he's making his own muskie lures. He really has a talent for choosing colors and airbrushing the designs (my parents distributed their creative genes well!).

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you have a good one!


Work Less, Fish More Vest Card
STAMPS: Fish More - Wplus9 Design Studio; Weave Backgrounder - Cornish Heritage Farms
CARDSTOCK: True Thyme - Stampin' Up!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: True Thyme, Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!; Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Fishing Vest Cut File, Fish More Die, Label Layers 4 Die - Wplus9; Silhouette Cameo - Silhouette America; Pewter Brads

Eat. Sleep. Fish. Framed Art
STAMPS: Fish More - Wplus9 Design Studio
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Early Espresso, Earth Elements & Rich Regals Stampin' Write Markers - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Fish More Die - Wplus9; 8x10 Wooden Frame - JoAnn Fabrics Stores


  1. Love that you made a frame, so great to think outside the card box. I used Dawn's template too to make a Father's Day card,

    My hubby would die!!
    This project is amazing...
    and since our dry spell has finally broken we've had rain all week this week while he's had a few days off and he literally just said how he hasn't even managed to get in some fishing time!!
    Though the rain hasn't really stopped him...
    I've had projects for him and that's just been my excuse! ;)
    He also ties his on flies...
    for fly fishing...
    which he loves!
    Oh, Anya...
    you have given me an idea for him and I THANK YOU so much!!
    And also for my step father...who they sometimes get together for "mental health" days...
    on the lake! ;)
    I think this are both so perfect...
    I love the effect you got with the markers...
    I just die!! :)

  3. Wow! Your vest is fantastic, but the framed piece you made is incredible! Your attention to detail is amazing, and the colors are perfect! What a memorable and heartfelt gift.

  4. Awesome vest card and the framed piece was a lbor of love and is fabulous! Love the pic of your brother....not sure I could even ho,d up a fish that large, LOL!

  5. I love this Anya - you are going to make me go and get a new cutter aren't you? The vest is perfect for a fisherman - love the pockets and the little brad snaps. The framed piece is amazing and would look fab in any man cave! And last - that photo of your brother! That is one huge fish!!! Gotta book mark this and bring my DH back later for a peek!! Great post!

  6. I absolutely love both of these projects, Anya! My boss, an avid fisherman, would love that framed art for his lake house. Maybe for his birthday. . . .


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