I had a sleepless night, thinking about making a card shaped like a fish bowl, and decided to give it a try.
You need the largest size circle die you own and a 5 1/2″ square card base. Put the top of the circle die a little bit above the square, so the card still opens once it’s cut. Then use a slider die (if you have one, or a 1/4″ wide strip of paper with rounded edges), and glue that to the top of your circle on the front so it still opens.
The stamp I used was from Creative Visions and is called “Goldfish” (shocking, I know), and is really large..Here’s the link to it. http://www.creativevisionstamps.com/goldfish/ It barely fits inside my fish bowl, so if you have a larger circle die than I used, it would work better. I stamped my fish with Hello Honey ink from Stampin’ Up then used my Arteza Brush Pens to color it. I used reds, oranges, yellows and browns to color it in. I used a spray bottle of water to make the colors flow a little bit by spritzing directly onto the stamp after using the brush pens on it.. I think what made the biggest impact was coloring the edges with a brown color. I colored the eye with black. I dried it with my heat gun and then cut him out.
For the inside of the fish bowl, I used a Hero Arts monthly kit that had a lot of sea life and coral. I used the coral stamps and dies.. I stamped the corals with Calypso Coral ink from Stampin’ Up and used a little of the red inks from Arteza Brush pens to give them some dimension. I used the dies and ran them through my die cutter then snipped off the ends so they would fit inside the bowl better.
I used a sentiment from the same Hero Arts set that said “Go with the flow” and stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink, then used clear embossing powder and heat set it.
I decided to make rocks for the bottom of my fish bowl, and used Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon with 1″ chip brushes I bought from Harbor Freight Liquidators, and cut about 1/2″ off the top so the brush is straight on the top. I use one for every color family.
I colored in the water of my fish bowl with Distress Ink Tumbled Glass then changed to Pool Party by Stampin’ Up as it was a little lighter. I put a piece of paper near the top to make my water line, and had a hard time making it straight…it looked like my fish bowl was sloshing around…so I re-inked my line. I glued the coral on my rocks then put the goldfish on foam tape and added him to the fish bowl. I stamped the back with my stamp and called my project done…