Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gone Fishing Tip Sheet

Here are some tips for my new stamp set, Gone Fishing.

The Fish

The fish can be focal images, or part of a scene.

Draw a line with a marker, or use string/wire to show the fish is hooked. Extend the line to one of the fishermen.

The fish can be jumping, or part of an underwater scene.

Use Crystal Effect, or clear embossing powder, to make the fish shiny.

Use a glitter pen to give them sparkly scales.

The Dock

The dock can be stamped alone, or incorporate the silhouette fisherman, or father/child stamps.

There are a few ways to place the father/child image on the dock…
Stamp the father/child image first, stamp again on scratch paper and cut out. Place the cut out scratch paper image over the first image, to act as a mask and then stamp the dock.

Stamp and color the father/child image, then use the emboss resist technique before stamping the dock.

Stamp and color the dock first. Then on a second piece of card stock, stamp and color the father/child image and cut it out. Adhere the cut out image on the dock.

Stamp the dock on the right of your card stock, so that it appears to be extending into the scene from the edge of the card stock.

Stamp the cattails first, then nestle the dock up against the cattails so that the right side is hidden by the cattails.

For a more dimensional look, stamp the dock and color, then stamp the dock a second time on a separate piece of card stock. Color the second dock and cut out, removing the legs. Then adhere to the first image.

Try paper piecing with pattern woodgrain or textured papers.

The Father/Child

The father/child stamp can also represent grandfather/child or brothers.

To make the child look like a girl, leave the bottom of the hair un-inked when stamping and then color it to look longer, color the clothing in more feminine colors.

Paper piece the clothing to create pattern.

Place them on the dock.

Place them on the bank, among the cattails.

The Fishing Flies

Use the larger fly as a focal image and the smaller, to create backgrounds and borders.

Fishing flies come in a variety of colors, so use your imagination and come up with some fun colors.

Use them to decorate envelopes.

“Hang” them from fishing line, twine or wire.

The Silhouette Fishermen

The fishermen can be place on the dock.

Create a sponged, or brayered background and then stamp them on the beach, or in the water.

Use them stamped in a light ink as a background image behind a sentiment.

The silhouette images are perfect for CAS (Clean and Simple) card designs.

Use the two stamps together to appear to be a father and child.

The Trees

Use the trees to create a line of trees on the far side of a lake or river.

Use them on the sides of the card to make a side bank or frame focal image.

You can color the trees all in green, or mix in some fall colors.

Stamp in lighter colors to and color faintly to indicate distance.

The Cattails

The cattails can be used alone or as part of a scene.

Stamp on the right edge of your card stock and build your scene from there.

Stamp side by side to get them to extend across your entire scene.

Embellishment Ideas

Use real fishing flies, lures and bobbers.

Use twine, hemp, wire and real fishing line in place of ribbon.

Use twigs to create a fishing pole.

Tear your paper edges or distress for a natural appearance.

Use netting from produce bags.

Project Ideas

Add real fishing flies and lures and make a shadow box or memory box.

Make a tile coaster gift set.

Stamp on the pocket of a simple white t-shirt.

Help your children make a fishing themed pencil holder as a father’s day present. (Use empty cylindrical containers like bread crumbs come in and alter it)

Scrapbook all those wonderful fishing photos.

Make a gift card holder and purchase a gift card from a favorite local tackle shop or water front restaurant.

Coordinating Stamp Sets

Happy Camper - All of the images in Happy Camper will compliment Gone Fishing. Two of the sentiments work with the sign; use the mountain stamp for your lake scene background; use the small fish for backgrounds, use the other images to add to your scenes.

Life Is Good – The cattails, cabin, trees, tree lined banks and deer can all be used to build your fishing scenes.

Gone Fishing works beautifully with the following Gina K Designs stamp sets, also...

Gifts From the Sea
Vintage Backgrounds
Guiding Light
King of the Grill
Tree Silhouettes
Just So Sporty
Special Fathers
Kindred Greetings for Him

Cutting Suggestions

The following images show how I cut out my stamp set.

I made two horizontal lines in this set that you can follow to cut the set into three sections. (click on the images to see larger)

In the top section, I made two vertical cuts. In the middle section, I made an L cut to remove the two sentiments. In the bottom section is the most complicated cut. Go straight across below the sentiments until you reach the small fishing fly, the make a curved cut below the father/child image.

Once you have it all in sections like this, it is just a matter of cutting out the individual stamps.

Here you can see how I placed the stamps on the binder sheet that comes with the set.


Jen Shults said...

Oh how fun is this. Perfect for Father's day!!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Hi, I just wanted to say what a brilliant stamp set I think this is.
Clare x

Sue said...

Hi Theresa
great tips, being the idiot that i am i never realised you had designed all those gorgeous stamp sets!! DUH.
Any chance you would do them as digi stamps?? sue.x

Betty Benton said...

Well, sweetie, you have done all the work for everybody! Even down to how to cut out the stamps!! No thinking any more -- just pull out the tip sheet and stamp away!!

Sherri Benson said...

Love your work and thanks for all your tips, including what you do when things go a little haywire. Love the learning experience.

Payne Holler Cards said...

love this - thank you so much for all the time you give to us! this is a fav set of mine for sure!!! life has just gotten in the way of stampin for me lately - hopefully this will change soon!

Patti P. said...

Theresa, thanks for all the tips on this set. Mine just arrived and can't wait to try it. I love your work and your designs are always something I love and will use. Have a great day.

Debbie said...

Wonderful tips Theresa! I have ordered this stamp set and i'm hoping it will arrive tomorrow, but because it's Queen's day today it will propably arrive next week ( no mail today). Can't wait to start cutting and make wonderful cards with it!

Hugs, Debbie Meijer :)

naneruth said...

I just love your tip sheets. It is wonderful of you to take the time to do all that but it is sure appreciated. Thanks so much! Love your sets.