Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video + Blog Hop

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Hello all and thank you so much for joining us for the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop!

Hero Arts always comes up with the most fun and adorable color layering stamp sets (if you are not familiar with Color Layering, please take a look here). The new Color Layering Gold Fish from the 2016 Catalog is no exception and is a super fun set to play with. It lets you easily create beautiful dimensional-looking fish and with a little bit of heat embossing you can make your “fishies” sparkle and shine like a real wet gold fish!

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

The card that I am sharing today was also shared at the Hero Arts Make and Take in their booth at CHAW’16 show. The one we made there was slightly different with the window die cut using a heart-shaped die (using one from the Floral Stamp & Cut set by Lia) and slightly different colors of ink (all are listed below), here’s a quick look at that project:

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

I don’t have the same colors and the same heart die that I used to create my original card (I am in Ukraine at the moment and my supplies are somewhat limited), but I really wanted to do a video for that project so I used similar products.

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

I used 3 colors of ink to stamp my Gold Fish – Butter BarDark Quartz and Pale Tomato for the original card and Soft Vanilla and Butter Bar to Orange Soda Ombre for the card I’m sharing on my video. I also did a few additional test impression using various yellow, orange and red inks just to see what color combos I like best (I’m sharing a closer loot at the in my video). While I only tried stamping fish using yellows and oranges it can also be stamped using other colors; think about tropical fish (here’s a fun link on Pinterest to explore) and all the fun and vibrant color combos – pinks and blues, greens and purples. There are lots of options.

I liked the idea of having my fish swim in water so I created a little aquarium for them using ink blending. The idea is to die cut a window in a panel and blend the blue and green inks onto another piece of paper to go behind that panel to look like water. I also used various seaweed images to fill in the background and make my water look more realistic. I used the same colors of ink for stamping seaweed and for blending the background. Some stamped images were stamped using lighter colors and some using darker making it look like they are located further away.

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

A card like this can also be turned into a shaker by simply adding a layer of clear acetate and some sequins and beads.

To make the fish appear like a real gold fish and also to make it appear wet and shiny I used Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I usually like to use it for snow (on Holiday cards) or sugar (on fruits cards), but it works great for this as well. I only added one layer of this powder to my fish, but you can add more if you like. Here’s a close up of my heat embossed fish, I just love that sparkle!

Hero Arts | Color Layering Sparkling Gold Fish. Video by Yana Smakula

VIDEO

I’m also sharing a video tutorial today showing how to create this card! You can watch it at the top of this post or on my Youtube channel. If you like it, I would appreciate you giving it a thumbs up and sharing. Thank you!

BLOG HOP

Want more inspiration using products from the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog? Join the blog hop! Start at the beginning on Hero Arts blog or follow the hop order below:

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14, and Hero Arts will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win!

SUPPLIES

Hero Arts Clear Stamps COLOR LAYERING GOLDFISH CL945
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Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts GOLDFISH DI176
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Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set FLORAL HEART BY LIA DC176 Lia Griffith
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED CIRCLES Wafer Dies sssd111456 In Stitches
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Artisan X-plorer Die Cutting Machine Spellbinders
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965
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Ranger MINI ROUND FOAM REFILLS for Mini Round Ink Blending Tools IBT40972
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Hero Arts Mint Julep Ink Pad
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Tide Pool, Hero Arts, AF223
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Hero Arts Dye Ink Pad OCEAN AF216
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Hero Arts Emerald Green Shadow Ink Mid-Tone AF315
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Butter Bar, Hero Arts, AF207
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad DARK QUARTZ Mid-Tone AF260
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad PALE TOMATO Mid-Tone AF233
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad VM001
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator
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Hero Arts Diamond Gems CH234
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Hero Arts Diamond Gems CH235
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Hero Arts DIAMOND GEMS 4MM ch236 Crystals Bling 4mm
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Hero Arts EMBOSS SPARKLE EMBOSSING POWDER pw105
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Hero Arts WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER PW110 Emboss
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Best Creation BIG SQUARES 3-D Foam Tape Adhesive FT004
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3L Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner Grand - Permanent
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3L Scrapbook Adhesives - EZ Runner Grand - Permanent - Refill
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American Crafts WHITE Glitter Paper Tape 9604
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers PS610
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad SOFT VANILLA AF275
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Hero Arts OMBRE BUTTER TO ORANGE AF309
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Ombre AF308 Pool to Navy
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Hero Arts Ombre Mint To Green AF310
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345 Comments

    1. Wow! LOVE this beautiful card, Yana! Such a cool idea to add the sparkle embossing powder, the goldfish look so real! Wonderful video!

    1. Beautiful fish love the details. Such a gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing

    1. I have to agree with everyone else. I loving these fish and the sparkle is nice.

    1. I’m not a coloring person either, so I love that you taught me another way to try and achieve a great look without being good at coloring. Thanks! love these fishies!

    1. Thanks for a fun and beautiful card and video.. You are very creative and full of inspiration. Thanks for sharing

    1. Awesome card. Love the embossing section of your card. Background is just perfect. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

    1. The layering stamps and your expert coloring techniques make the fish so real. Very pretty card. Thanks

    1. Love the sparkly fish. I have a friend with a koi pond that this stamp would be perfect for.

    1. Thanks for sharing! Liked your card so much that I already purchased the stamp set and matching dies.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful and creative ideas with us! Love the sparkly fish!

    1. These stamps are so cool! Very realistic! I love that “Finding Nemo” sentiment 🙂

    1. WOW – WONDERFUL cards!!!
      LOVE the SPARKLING fish and BEAUTIFUL designs, both the circle & heart look FABULOUS!!!
      THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and video too 🙂
      … I haven’t tried layered stamping {{{yet}}} – it looks MAGICAL!!!

    1. Beautiful card and thanks for the video. Love the shimmery effect on the fish.

    1. Loooovvveee this card. The details make this so amazing. Love your work. Thank you for sharing…

    1. I love the fishy card. The colors are amazing together. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Fabulous cards! Love the sparkling fish! Thanks for sharing Yana!
      Have a wonderful day!

    1. I have never done any heat embossing and it is a technique I look forward to trying. I just love the way it made your fish look.

    1. I am fascinated by the layered stamping, it really is a great look. You have done a beautiful job with colors and ideas. Thanks.

    1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the fish…I am inspired! I actually paused the video and got my supplies and worked along with you. You made it EASY! THANKS!

    1. I have a goldfish stamp set, so I NEED that ink set. Yours look like they could “swim off the blog”. Great cards!

    1. Love your video and the pretty fish cards. I like the glitter tape idea, glitter on fish, and the hero set. Thanks.

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