Fins

You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
and you’re the only bait in town. Jimmy Buffett

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These little fish also come with the saying, “That Bites”.  Couldn’t think of anything I need it for right now but I WILL find something. This set is from Avery Elle – aren’t they fun? Love the big teeth, too.

I stamped them in Memento ink on 110 Neenah cover stock. I get it in packages of 250 at a time and can barely lift it – but it’s the best price around.  I get it a local paper store that caters to printers.  About 20 years ago now, I started a sales rep firm and sold rubber stamps and scrapbooking supplies to wholesale accounts.  The paper store is where I met my future business partner.  She convinced them to put in stamps and scrapbook supplies – because so many ladies who were stamping and scrapbooking kept coming in for paper.

That was the very first consulting job I ever did.  The manager at the time told us to just put in whatever we needed to in order to make the grand opening a good one.  He didn’t give us a budget, and we ordered over $20,000 worth of supplies (sounds like a lot, I know, but it was really very conservative).  We were given a space in the store and covered the windows with paper so no one could see inside.

About a week before the grand opening the manager asked me how much I had spent. When I told him, he put his hand on his heart and said, “I’m going to get fired!”. Boy did that scare me!  But I was pretty sure things would go well.

Grand opening day there was an enormous line outside the store.  We sold out of almost 1/2 the inventory that day.  It was entirely awesome . The best part was, no one got fired, and ‘they were a great customer for as long as we were in business.

At that time, too, there were these awesome markers called Studio II markers. They were alcohol-based, and like Copics were designed for graphic artists.  Unfortunately there was an issue with the caps – they were skinny pens and so the caps were small – small caps have to have a hole in them in case someone swallows it and it gets stuck in the windpipe – air can still get in and out.  So they would dry out very quickly, and they were expensive!  Also I don’t remember them being refillable.

That’s when I first started using Copic Markers.  A bit over 10 years ago I gave up stamping – I had gotten tired of it for a variety of reasons – but I kept my very large collection of Copic Markers. Most of them still worked!  A few were dried out but that was easily remedied.  I’m so very glad I kept them, as I’ve re-discovered my love of coloring. I love colored pencils, both with and without gamsol, but Copics I think may always be my favorite coloring method.  At one point one of my vendors invited me to write a “how to” book – that one I did all in colored pencil.  A few years later I designed and illustrated all the samples for their yearly catalog, and by that time I was using alcohol-based markers.

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So for this attempt at what’s now called Clean and Simple (lots of new terms I’m learning!) – which by the way I love but am not good at – I stamped them and then used a Copic fine line marker to draw little boxes around them.  Colored everything with Copics, then added some seed beads and clear pearls because I could’t help myself. I almost wish I hadn’t because I think it would have looked better, but as they say, que sera sera.  I used some Glossy Accents to make the eyes look 3-D, and added Wink of Stella to the fins.The sentiment is from this set and I just use a green brad for an accent.

I did fix the yellow that ran outside of the fish on the top right hand side after I took the picture, but was too lazy to take another.

Thanks for stopping by and “listening” to my ramblings.

Let me know if you’d like it if I also included the Copic Marker colors I used – not sure if anyone wants that level of detail or not.

Kim

 




3 thoughts on “Fins

  1. Susan, I can’t even see what you ar talking about…the yellow ink bleeding in the top right corner? I would never notice! I love the boxes around each and I think the beads really add that punch! I love them!

  2. Love what you did here – the boxes are great! No need for fussy cutting! Your colors are great, and I love the dots (freckles?).

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