Friday, June 8, 2012

Somethin' Fishy Goin' On!

And just in time for Father's Day!  Little more than a week away, I put a little somethin' together for Dad's big day!

My father likes sports.  His favorite football team is the Minnesota Vikings.  He loves movies, music,  and occasionally plays  the guitar..  He loves all animals and birds; and believe me when I say, every bird, bunny, chipmunk, and squirrel within a 10-mile radius knows where to go to find the smorgasbord of birdseed, breads, and peanuts that my father sets out for them everyday!

However, for today, I thought I would focus on his love for fishing!  I decided to make a Father's Day card that looks like a tackle box!

I found the original idea of making a toolbox from THIS VIDEO.  However, I found the biggest challenge in this project, was deciding how to CLOSE IT.  I first went with magnets, but the magnets were not strong enough, and I had to ditch that idea.  Then, I just put together my own homemade string closures, and I think they look and work "purrrrrrr-fectly" for my purposes.  Anyways, tool box, or tackle box..  Same thing, if you ask me.   All I'd have to do differently is fill it with different kinds of bits, baits, and bobbers, rather than hammers and wrenches!   So, I got out some paper, cardboard, paints, Stickles, and glues to start whipping up a few of these things... 

Notice the fish I used as a stamp?  That's a foam puzzle piece, about 3"x4" in size, the type of which can be found at any dollar store, or even neighborhood garage sale!  Look for such puzzle pieces to stamp all kinds of animals, letters, numbers, etc., using your choice of acrylic paints or ink pads.  In this case, I used a Tim Holtz Distress ink pad, in the color Peeled Paint.  Look at the pattern the puzzle piece even left..  I loved that!

As soon as my father opens his card..  or "tackle box", he will find these three fish inside.  I stamped and cut out each one, so that my son, daughter, and I could each sign the back of one with whatever personal message we wanted to!  On the front of each fish, I just light-washed over them with watercolor paints.  Next I used markers for scale-like detail, and then Diamond Stickles to glitter and highlight the scales.   Hmmm..  I wasn't planning on it, but should I give them eyes?..  Well, whatever the case, here's the card fully opened.

Once the fish are removed from the tackle box, (Sorry, I din't have time to make a BUCKET too!)...   THEN, you see where I added the "Happy Father's Day" message, along with the little goodies a fisherman would actually keep in his tackle box.  These bobbers and lures, were made with cardboard, metallic paint, and then either brightly-colored embroidery floss or feathers.  The hooks are actually Christmas ornament hooks!  To adhere everything, I used a combination of E6000, and a basic store-brand glue stick; and then Diamond Glaze seemed to work best to neatly stick the hooks onto the paper.

A fun project, I thought this was; and I hope my father gets a kick out of it when he sees it!

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hope you're having an awesome weekend!