Grateful We Are Friends

Hello friends!  Stopping in today to share my card using the Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set.


I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled three different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders on it:  Atlantis Burst, Green Parade and Blue Blitz.  I sprinkled all the colors at once before applying any water to it.  I sprinkled VERY little and just added a bit more here and there as I spritzed it with water.  I saturated the paper and moved it around until it was covered how I wanted it to look.  I dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a heat gun to dry it up a bit.  I just love the beautiful shimmer on this background!


Also, for the background, I took the bubbles image from the same stamp set and stamped them in VersaMark ink around the right corner and bottom over the watercolor piece.  I heat embossed the bubbles with some Frosted Juniper and Sparkle (Semi-transparent) embossing powders.  I then mounted this watercolor background panel onto the top edge of a black A2 Sized top folding card base.

With the close-up view of the fish, I heat embossed them with the Copper Embossing Powder over some Bristol paper.  For the flower image, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink in the same Bristol paper.  Below I will share how I went about coloring both the fish and the flower.

After heat embossing the fish and stamping the flower, I took the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the following colors:  Midnight Shadows, Ember Glow and Urban Graphite and pressed the pens down onto my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat to get a “pool” of it and then used my Water brush to blend and color the images. It leaves a beautiful shimmer and blends the colors together so nicely!


Here’s a closer view of the colored flower with the shimmer.  I fussy cut all the colored images and glued them on the card base with glue.  For the flower image, I decided to off-set it and trim off the edges with scissors.

For the greeting, using the same rubber stamp set, I stamped it with a black pigment ink and then sprinkled it with some Sparkle (semi-transparent) and heat embossed it to give it a nice sparkly look!


For the bottom portion of my card, I cut out a strip of cardstock the width that I wanted to go across the bottom and underneath the watercolor panel.  I covered the entire strip with Glue and then covered that up with these stunning Bronze Mica Flakes and let it dry.  After it was dried, I pressed and burnished them into the strip with my finger and bone folder.  The extra pieces will come off the sides as you rub it around or you could also trim it off if you prefer, but I found it to not be necessary.  You can see how big the flakes are in the photo as I scattered a few of them around my card in the photos.  This was by far my favorite thing to play with on my card! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!

25 thoughts on “Grateful We Are Friends

  1. The background looks amazing with the colors and bubbles! Perfect for those beautiful fish swimming underwater I love the mixture of colors and design along with that pretty flower, and it’s a wonderful way to compliment a good friend!


  2. Gorgeous card, love the colors of the Nuvo background! I have to get these images!!! The shimmer strip across the bottom is fantastic!!!


  3. WOW Vicki, this is awesome!! I love the background you created with the shinny bubbles! The Koi fish are beautiful and I love how you embossed them with copper powder, gorgeous!


  4. I think everyone LOVED your background including myself. I avoid Koi fish because I never know how to color them, now that I see yours it gives me “hope”. Have a good week.


  5. I’m in full Christmas card making mode, but refreshing to see something that is not Christmas. What a beautiful scene. The water with the bubbles turned out nice. I also like the effect of the black edges, they enhance the colors of the scene.


  6. Wow, Vicki! You did a great job of creating a Koi pond on your card! The colors you achieved for the background are fantastic and the sparkly bubbles look amazing. The Lotus flower and Koi fish are colored so beautifully! Vicki, you are a great artist! I love the card!


  7. The background is fabulous, loving the colours and the sparkle. The heat embossed circles are a fun addition. Stunning fish and flower. The shimmer pens look so beautiful and so do the fish heat embossed in the copper. Stunning card and the flakes look amazing. Glorious card X


  8. Amazing Vicki! I love reading your posts. I struggle to write posts but you just present your information in such a clear and interesting way! Did you used to be a teacher!? maybe you should be!! I know I would bring you an apple!! A+++ on your beautiful card!



    1. Awe! That’s so kind Patii! Not a professional teacher, but I think my kids helped with “teaching me” how to be direct and clear in my instructions with them! LOL!! Thanks for your kind words!


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