Friday, July 24, 2009

Fish Bubbles Card

There are so many ways to adapt the images on the Life is a Beach cartridge to make cards. The cartridge has two standard card options but, by using various features of the Design Studio program, you can create all sorts of interesting designs. Here is a LINK to the first card I shared earlier this month.

The file I created for this card with "fish bubbles" uses the hide contour feature in several ways to create a card with multiple openings containing images, details on the images and a thin frame or border.

Here is the basic A2 card after cutting and folding. For this version, I used the second page of the file which will cut the detail lines on the fish.

This screen shot shows the card - the pale blue lines are all of the contours that I have hidden. The details show on this page, but, since I have checked "weld" on the fish charms, they will not cut.

On the second page of the file, I have hidden all of the contours except the detail cuts and I have not checked the weld box on these images. If you cut the first page of the file and then, without unloading the mat, cut the second page of the file you will end up with the card as shown in the photo above.

This preview shows the card as it will cut from the first page of the file. The frame is set up on the third page of the file - it is optional and may not be needed if you choose a patterned paper for the card base. It shows in this preview but it is on a separate page so it will not cut the card front.

I created the frame using a card form from the cartridge, adjusting the size and placement using the Shape Properties box and hiding all of the unwanted contours or lines.

I cut a piece of patterned paper to line the card - the paper is cut at 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.

I adhered the paper to the right side of the card and left the front piece loose.

By adhering the paper only to the back of the card, you can enjoy the effect of the apertures. I used a white gel pen to go over the detail lines on the fish. You could use various colors, or omit cutting the second page of the file and add your own decorative details.

To further enhance the aperture "bubbles," I added Stickles glitter glue to outline each bubble. I used the "waterfall" Stickles.

One more view of the card flat on the table with the front raised up a bit. You can see the "waves" on the paper liner but they are not stuck to the card front which gives a nice depth to the card.

These are easy and fun to create - if you try one, I'd love to see it!

Fish Bubbles Card


  1. This is an incredible card with so many challenges to learn and try. Does this mean I must go and get that cartridge? Gosh, I've been debating about it but when you do a design like this - I don't think I have much of a choice not to go get it! Thanks so much for sharing so willingly. You are the best!

  2. This is a great card, you are so talented the way you use the DS to design. Thanks you so much for sharing all your great work.

  3. What a great card!! thank you so much for sharing
    Angie Person

  4. Thanks, Diane! Darling card! I can see several uses for this one.



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