Oriental Fish – Card

I often make cards for family and friends but I don’t tend to share them on my blog, but I was so excited to get creative with my fabulous new stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps that I thought I’d share this one with you today to see what you thought.

I was lucky enough to win a voucher on one of the Paperbabe Stamps challenges to spend in their shop so I chose their Oriental Zen Stamp Set – thanks so much!

I started by cutting some white card to make a square shape when folded, then on the front of the card I stamped the concentric circles stamp from the stamp set using Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Ink; applying the Spiced Marmalade ink to the stamp first then adding patches of Festive Berries Ink and stamping them onto the card. I then cut a semi-circle of textured paper which I recycled from an old birthday card using my circle cutter. Then I smooshed it with some blue Distress Inks to create a water effect by applying Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean ink to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the paper. I also edged the semi-circle with these two blue inks using a blending tool. I added some gold cherry blossom outline stickers to the card and then layered the blue semi-circle over the top using double-sided tape. Next I stamped the beautiful fish which is from the same stamp set using the Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Ink onto plain white card and fussy cut them out. They are stuck in place using a UHU Stic and I added the bubbles and splash marks from the same stamp set using the blue inks. To finish, I added some glittery Icicle Sparkles by Ranger to the bubbles and a “Love” topper from an Eastern Promise set that I had in my craft stash.

Here’s all the materials including the stamp set that I chose from Paperbabe Stamps and I have to say I love it (grin!). I’m sure I’ll be using it again very soon as I need to make quite a few birthday cards this month. I also wanted to say a big “Thank you” to Kim from Paperbabe Stamps and I hope that you and the Design Team like the card that I made!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

As I created this card using lots of stamping I’m very pleased to be able to join Stamping Sensations and their Anything Goes challenge.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where their theme is Bright and Cheerful with my bright and cheerful coloured card.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their June Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

I’m also joining the Sketch … challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as I used their sketch, which I rotated to the left, as a template for my card design – I hope you like it!

I’m also pleased to join the Cropstop Blog and their June Link Party #40, thanks for the invite Esther!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean)
  • Paperbabe Stamps (Oriental Zen Stamp Set)
  • Cardstock (White 200 GSM)
  • Textured paper – recycled birthday card
  • Francoise Collection Outline Stickers (Gold 2238)
  • Hunkydory Luxury Topper Collection (Eastern Promise EAST104)
  • Ranger Stickles (Icicle)
  • UHU Stic
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape

50 thoughts on “Oriental Fish – Card

  1. I would be very happy if I should get such a beautiful card, dear Jo! You made it so beautiful and I love the golden accents and bright colours! Love, Lenie

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  2. This is fabulous Jo. I love the colors and the Asian images. Wow, you really stamped and layered all those semi-circles to make the pattern. I am impressed. 🙂 Hope you are having a good day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks very much! Cards really aren’t my passion, I much prefer art journalling ….lol 😀 …. so I’m glad you liked this one. I hope you had a lovely week with your brother! Have a great day! J 😊 x


  3. Oh that is really gorgeous Jo – love the colour combination and I love the template design you used too. The recipient will love it 🙂
    Those stamps are awesome – love the fish especially – congrats on your win.
    Hope your day has gone well and the weather good. Its been really hot here for several days even though its been blustery at times.
    Gill xx

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  4. It’s a wonderful card, Jo!!!! I love all your little details and the colors you chose!! It would be cool to use that design but have the rounded part open for the card.

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  5. Jo, your card is beautiful! I love the oriental look. I enjoy making cards for family and friends, too. I think it is so special to receive a handmade card that someone has made especially for you. Whoever receives you card is very lucky!

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  6. Jo, your card looks fantastic, you should share these cards more often, we would love to see them. Your new stamps look super, I can see you enjoying using these ones in your art.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. I’m so glad you love this set Jo, you surely have made the most of it. It’s a fabulous set full of little treats to use in so many ways. Your design is marvellous i’m so glad you shared it, I too find sharing personal cards the hardest things to share but i’m so glad you did.
    It’s a great take on the challenge sketch and Thank you for joining us over at the Paperbabe Challenge again.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  8. My sincere apologies for the late visit. I had an internet meltdown that required a reboot from my carrier and a service repair person who came out and performed his magic.

    What a great choice you made with your winnings. This card is incredible. The Asian appeal is so inspiring and appealing. I simply adore this card, and it proves why I don’t make them.

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  9. Hello Jo!
    What a very special nice card. I love the combination of turquoise and orange color, it looks so fresh. The ornaments and fishes look wonderful. Wonderful Design.
    Dear Greetings

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