A simple punched card that would be another great way to get the kids involved. You might be thinking, "well, it's getting a little late for this Valentine's day", but this would even be a cute birthday card...you could use bright, happy colors and even just one fish. The greeting could be "Birthday Fishes" stamped inside. They could also be cute little embellishments on a beach-themed scrapbook page or invitations to a pool party this summer.
The colors I chose for this are Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Real Red. The border is our scallop border punch, the fish bodies are the (retired) ornament punch from the 2009 Holiday mini (see, this is the perfect excuse on why you need to stock up on items from the mini catalogs...you never know what you'll think of later after it has retired).
I used the bird wings from the Birds and Blooms sizzlets for their fins, and then assorted punched hearts from the Heart to Heart punch for the tails, lips, and the heart that's between them. I used black brads on small circles punched from white for the eyes. You can't see the detail here, but I did run the white background and the fish through the Sizzix with the polka dot texturez plate from the Backgrounds 1 set. I like the texture it lends, especially since there is not a lot of pattern to this design. The ribbon is Bermuda Bay, from the in-color line this year.
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Supplies used on this card:
Cardstock: Whisper White Cardstock (#100730 for 8.5"x11" or#106529 for 12"x12"). In Color 2009-2010 (I used Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo). Combo pack of 8.5"x11" cardstock (6 sheets of each color): 115315. If you'd prefer to add a bit of texture, you can get 6 sheets of each color in 8.5"x11" using product #115719. If you'd prefer 12"x12", try product codes #115314 for smooth and #115538 for textured. Real Red Cardstock (#102482 for 8.5x11; #106545 for 12x12).
Tools: Ornament Punch (retired); Heart to Heart Punch - #113694; small circle punch
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals (double-sided foam dots) - #104430; Snail Adhesive - #104332 (refills #104331); Sticky Strip - #104294
Other: Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon - Bermuda Bay (#115610); black brads (#109109); Texturez Plates Stampin Up Backgrounds1 (#114512); Birds and Blooms Sizzlets (#113485); Big Shot Machine (#113439); Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (#114614); and Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (#114615).