Friday Fun Day at Jo's Scrap Shack

Hello Friends. Welcome to a new follower, Kathryne, of Stampart Design by Kathryne. I'm so pleased to have you as a follower.

Also a big welcome to another Friday Fun Day at Jo's Scrap Shack, Challenge #14. Today our photo inspiration is the following:
Our challenge was to be inspired by something we saw on/in this picture.  I saw a lot of beachy / water type here's what evolved as my inspiration from the photo.

closeup of the Koi
I had a lot of fun with this card. I used Dylusions sprays to create a watery background. I had seen a video by Joggles recently where Barbara showed a way to double & triple your Dylusions colors by diluting with water. Then make another mix using drops of White Linen opaque, mixed either in a previously diluted spray, or mixed with some of the full strength spray. I tried this using Dylusions After Midnight, which is a very intense color. I had only some cheap travel-size spray bottles (purchased at a local Walmart for $1). The spray apparatus is not the best, but it worked fine. (I've ordered some bottles from Joggles). Got a note that afternoon, they had been shipped. That's fast! OK, I digress. I did like the different colors I created, so I encourage you to try this.

I stamped the sprayed piece with an H size Stampscape water stamp. Of course it smudged, so I had to cut that boo-boo away. I wanted to keep the rocks that were on the messed up piece, so I did some fussy cutting - adhered the rocks to the bottom, and lightly colored with copics. I dotted with the nib, rather than coloring as I usually do. I wasn't sure how the sprayed watercolor paper would affect the nib. Didn't seem to bother or rough up the nib with just dotting. I used earthtones, some yellow greens, a couple of warm gray copic markers.
Cardbase was covered with Paper Studio 4.5x6.5 Glittered Cardstock, in a vivid blue, then adhered the decorated background. You will recognize the lovely Ryn waterdroplets stamp.
The Koi is an Elizabeth Craft die, done on sookwang & self-adhesive black velvet paper. The solid image was brushed with perfect pearls Mandarin, Sour Apple & Blue Raspberry using the technique done in this Scrap Made Simple video. Diecut the overlay from the black velvet.  It was quite easy to do, and I really did like this effect.
Last was to make a tag from a snippet of my smudged background, using a S/Binder grommet tag. I colored some white pearls with copic YR61 and YR02.
I hope you will enjoy the card, and use the photo to create your own inspired card. We would love to have you link up at Jo's Scrap Shack, Friday Fun Day, Challenge #14. I have been so flattered to be asked to be on the Design Team, a big first for me. Sure hope I can inspire you to join in the fun; I know I'm having fun!
As always, thanks for joining me, and come again soon. Hugs. 


  1. Hi Mary, the Koi is beautiful and I do love how you used Ryn's water droplets, it is a perfect combination. Love the Dylusional background too. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Great design it matches the photo inspiration very well. Great background with the droplets. I've bookmarked the video will check it out. I tend to use sprays direct to paper and dilute by spraying water over top. If I have a lot of ink running onto my craft sheet, I 'mop' it up with another piece of watercolour paper and use for another design. I love white linen mixed with Midnight and Teal, great colour combo! I don't know what I would do without my Dylusions :) Have a great day, Shirleyx

  3. Wow Mary this card is amazing! I love the Koi, so colorful and beautiful!! The water scene is just fantastic, I don't know how you do it but you always do such a super job with those Dylusional things! I guess I need to research this wonderful stuff! lol Like I need another thing in my craft room, but I am loving this technique so much! Great job with the inspiration photo and so happy to have you aboard the design team!! Hugs Momma Mary!

  4. Gorgeous!!!! This is so pretty with the water droplets and that beautiful fish you created. Fantastic card.

  5. Gorgeous card Mary and great use of your water droplet stamp. Love the Koi carp.

  6. Gorgeous Mary. I love how you have spray the background and love those water drops. The koi is beautiful. Thanks for the link to how you achieved that look - the video was very informative and now I know what sookwang is :D The whole creation came together beautifully. Great to have you on the DT at Jo's. TFS

  7. That's a really good idea to dilute some of the colors! Thank you! Off to check out the video! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina♥

  8. This is so pretty, Mary! I especially love the Koi!