For the background I used The "Wrinkle-Free Distress" technique Tim Holtz taught in his Creative Chemistry 101 online class I used different blues and a green and of course a brown for the edges. I stamped the card with various old, old stamps which I found in my stamp collection both from Australian companies that are no longer in business. But fish stamps and shell stamps can be found easily on the web or eBay. I found a small piece of burlap which I frayed. I die cut a gate using the Memory Box Wrought Iron Gate , and leaf stem using Tim Holtz Spring Greenery Decorative Strip Die .
After the background was dry, I found some small circle stamps which can be found on many different stamp sets, mine were from a Scrappy Cat mini stamp set called "Everyday Assortment". I randomly stamped the circles to simulate bubbles. I found a rub-on set from Royal & Langnickel Brush Mfg called " Fishing Collage". and used a fish and a hook. I stamped the large fish onto a piece of scrap cardstock, cut it out, coloured it with a Blue Distress Marker and mounted it onto the background with foam dots.
I Layerd the Gate, Burlap piece, a piece of green string bag (used for Oranges), the leaf stem and the shell stamp together on the right hand side. I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers to colour the shells with Ranger Glossy Accents over the top. I used the Zig - Wink of Stella glitter brush tip marker on the large fish to make it stand out.
I had a wonderful time finding things I have had for ages in my craft room, including a dimensional sticker set from K&Company called "Fishing Journal Tags" I used the Kaisercraft Mini Alpha Stickers to write "Fishing you a Wonderful Birthday"
I mounted the whole thing onto some paper edged with brown Distress ink, then attached it to a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card base. I thought I would go for a printed card base, so used a 12 X 12 DCWV stack called "Collage Musings" It is a fabulous stack, but I am not sure if it is still available?
Here are another couple of pictures in close up, and thanks for taking a look at my blog.