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NEW! Two new “Little Little” Sets are hitting the shelves in the shop. Check out these cute fishies all handdrawn and handcolored by me! And because I couldn’t decide which ones to take for a set I ended up with two sets.
Why I drew so many fish? Well, I drew them for DS’ Holy Communion with the theme “You shall become fishers of men”…I was looking in craft and paper stores for cute cards or nice rubber stamps or for special table decoration and such but to tell you the truth: I didn’t like the fish themed cards and stamps around. I wanted to add a personal touch to my Invites and my table decor and I wanted something special for DS. So I drew a gazillion of fish and colored them in with my watercolors. It was fun!
Now I was ready to use them. And this is what I did:
Sturdy paper or cardboard for invites, Thank You cards and whale prints. I used different, slightly colored paper for my invites and TY cards and white Glacier cardboard for the whale.
Shrink plastic for Inkjet (white)
Oven, toaster or heatgun to shrink your images
Sealer matte or glossy (optional)
Invite and Thank you card
I created an invite as well as a Thank You card with fish all over and printed them with my home printer. If you don’t want to create one yourself,you can download the greeting card here (The card is for personal use. Please do not contribute to digital piracy. If you like my card, link to my Blog) You might have to resize it to fit your cards.
As I wanted to have some unique place cards, too, I
printed the whale of set 2 and cut it into halves. You can also decorate the clothespin with Washi tape and/ or write the names of the guests on it before you add the whale.
Now glue the halves of the whale to one side of the clothespin so that the sides match up and give you the impression that you can open up the whale’s mouth. Let dry.
Scattering table decoration
I also planned on scattering fish around to decorate the table, so
I printed my images on white shrink plastic for inkjet.
If you’d like to do this, too, keep in mind that you have to
print your images about two or three times larger than you want your final piece to be.
And you should lighten color saturation of the original file as the colors will darken in the oven.
But I am sure you will love the result! No one else will have such special table decor and it is soooo easy!
Now cut out the printed images, place them into your preheated oven (see manufacturer’s instructions before baking) and watch them shrink! Please make sure that all cooled down before you touch it!
I used a sealer afterwards but I was not really happy with the result. You can use clear acrylic spray sealer, even clear fingernail polish or any other sealer but you should be testing it on a piece before you add it. Some sealers might cause your colors smearing or running and destroy your piece. If you should think that the edges of your pieces are too rough gently sand them down with an emery board or small file.
You can use this How to for birthday parties, baby showers and whatever you can think of! I am sure you will have other wonderful ideas on what do create!
Now have fun!!
Bye, yours Sylvie