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Birthday card: Pisces



When I heard that the theme of Kathy Racoosin’s pop-up challenge was going to be “lines”, my brain started ticking over. One of my current aims is to use some of the pieces I have in my stash; both painted backgrounds and images I’ve created for previous colouring challenges. I coloured a full set of zodiac toppers a while ago and haven’t used any of them yet, so I decided to take one of the watery signs and create some flowing lines as a background for it.


The fish had been stamped in Memento ink on Neenah solar white card and coloured with Copic markers.

I started the background by drawing around the die I used to cut out the pisces topper; this created a small border around the coloured piece. I then drew the watery lines flowing around the circle using a Versamarker pen and clear heat embossed them.

With plenty of (too much) water on the paper, I dropped in a combination of blues and greens and moved them around until I was happy with the effect. This was then left to air dry thoroughly.

I cut and scored a top folding card base, trimmed the watercolour background to size and mounted it on the card. I die cut a circle of vellum to go behind the topper and glued them to the background.

For the sentiment, I die cut a dotted banner and heat embossed it in white. I trimmed a couple of scrap pieces of card into similarly sized banners, stacked them together with the main sentiment and used my tiny attacher (for the first time) to staple them together. A few dots of glue to keep them flat together and they were mounted on the card using some thin black foam tape.

The final touch was the addition of a few Doodlebug sprinkles.

Lessons Learned:

If you get too much water on the watercolour paper the paints can seep underneath the heat embossing and will show through if you’re using clear embossing powder.


  • stamps:
    Mama Elephant – cosmic stars
    Crafty Impressions – happy birthday
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – stitched circles
    Avery Elle – dotted elle-ments
  • inks:
    Versamarker pen
  • embossing powder:
    Hero Arts – ultra fine – clear
    Hero Arts – white
  • colour:
    Gansai Tambi watercolours – 50, 57, 62, 63
  • Copic markers:
    fish – Y15, Y17, Y18
  • embellishments:
    Doodlebug – sprinkles – day to day assortment
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – plain – teal
    Anita’s – white vellum
    Neenah – solar white
  • miscellaneous:
    Tim Holtz – tiny attacher

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