You're Swell

 I cannot look at this stamp set and not laugh. How adorable are these puffer's. 
I was going to watercolour, but thought I would change it up a bit and use my Chameleon Color Tones. I have had them for awhile, yet this is the first time I have used them. I have to say, I enjoyed them very much. They were easy to use and I very much like the colours that are offered. They also come in a great box for storage. 
On to my card for today. I am using Hero Arts "I'm A Puffer For You" stamp set. 

I first die cut the panel using the Memory Box die, then stamped and heat embossed the waves using  Nuvo embossing powder. I mixed up distress oxide inks to colour the water, starting with Salty Ocean, then Cracked Pistachio and finally Broken Glass, drying between each application. I did not want my frame to have colour, so I applied the colour with a rough brush and flicked small amounts of splatter towards to top of the panel representing beads of water falling from the puffer balloon.
I then stamped the fish and proceeded to colour with the Chameleon Color Tones, starting with the lightest colour and ending with the lightest colour. What that means is, I start with the lightest colour, go to the medium colour, and once done with that colour I go back over the meeting lines with the lighter colour. I go from medium to dark and go back and do the blending area with the medium colour. I colour using small circles as I don't like to see lines. Needless to say colouring with pencils is time consuming for me, but also relaxing. Once I have completed my colouring I go over everything with a light covering of Gamsol. You can also use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol. 
I then attached the panel to my card base using foam tape and arranged placement of the fish. I styled each of them and propped them up on foam dots. I added Wink of Stella to the gills, fin, lips and eyes, and white gel pen on each of the fish covering the black circles. I added the hearts with glue, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and the Blub sentiment using Jet Black ink. 
Here is a closeup of my finished card where I think you can see a bit of the shimmer.
Scrap'n Stamp have $10.00 off the Chameleon Color Tones for the next week, so now is a good time to add them to your crafting supplies.
I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you for visiting my blog.


xoxo, Kia