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Friday, April 17, 2015

Koi Pond Card

Hey everyone,
Here's another one from me. Two in a row! I'm on a roll ;) This card reminded me of a fish pond. It developed organically again. I had no idea I was going to add fish until the end.

For this one I followed my usual process. I'm really into layering in this order lately. Here are some rough steps...
  • I started with Dylusions ink sprays
  • Rubbed green distress ink through my Gingko stencil
  • Coated the card with Golden - Regular Gel (Gloss). As I applied the gel I tapped the brush to give a different texture to the gel. You can see it in the light blue areas. Much different than brush strokes.
  • When dry, I brushed white paint over the gel texture in certain areas of the card. It caught the ridges and made the patterns in the gel visible.
  • I glazed over the white with light turquoise
  • Over that, I used modeling paste through my Gingko stencil
  • When dry, I set the stencil over top again and sponged on pearlescent paint. Makes a nice base for whatever colour you choose to add on top. In this case, the green has a bit of a shine to it from the layer below.
  • The Koi Set stamps were stamped and then fussy cut from another sheet that I sprayed with orange and red Dylusions.
  • I stuck them on with Golden - Regular Gel (Gloss) and then added some gold paint to the scales and eyes
  • Last touch was adding some green beads here and there. Algae or eggs. Whatever. Just liked the effect and extra texture
Hope you like this one! Thanks for all of the comments on my last piece :) Loved reading your feedback! I don't usually comment back on here because I'm told that it doesn't notify you that I replied but I definitely do read every word left for me.
If you've got any questions just let me know. I will try to respond either by email or by finding your blog to leave you an answer to your question. Sometimes it's tricky finding a way back to you. You can always write to me at designsbyryn@gmail.com too.
Okay that's it for now.
Bye bye,


  1. Argh something went wrong, comment deleted...
    Anyway, love your card and technique! I was making 8 thank you cards for the staff of the daycare center. I started with spraying ink through stencils, but then decided the colour was too hard for the receivers (bright red/orange and green/blue) so I put them aside and started again with pink and blue paint and the kitchenfoil technique. Didn't know what to do yet with the other sheets, but I think I'm going to copy your technique.....I'm off crafting, thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!
    Hugs, Debbie.

  2. I love the colors and the red Koi fish add a lot of glam. Fabulous!
    Dorly Weitzen, Israel

  3. This is beautiful Ryn and love the red colour of the fish echoed in the background layer. The colours and textures really make it feel like it is an underwater world. Gingko leaves have such an architectural shape and they remind me of a vaulted ceiling, but here they also work well for the underwater plant life. x

  4. Oh for the time to give this a try!!!! Beautiful collage card Ryn....Love it!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. So beautiful Ryn! Thank you for the tutorial, I wondered how you got the beautiful brush strokes on your work, will have to try some of that gel! Love the depth created by all your layering of paints, medium and modelling paste, fabulous! Xx

  6. Again a stunning result Ryn...great details, so much to see, the card looks great in total!!
    Have a great weekend, big hugss, Alie :-)

  7. this is gorgeous and what a great colours.
    Gr Karin

  8. A gorgeous card, Ryn.

    Have a lovely weekend

  9. wow Ryn what a piece. so much texture and the colours just pop. stunning xx

  10. This is stunning! LOVE all of the beautiful layers that you have added to it!!

  11. GORGEOUS! I love all the layers and textures, The bead eggs are a great finishing touch!

  12. WOWWWWW wonderful.
    Greetings Carola

  13. Wonderful project, great design and wonderful colours I love it!!!



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