Did you know that…
‘The koi fish is symbolic in Japanese culture and is closely associated with the country’s national identity. The koi fish is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japan. Swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish in general symbolize wealth and surplus, and the Chinese believe koi particularly represent good fortune in business and academics. Buddhists on the other hand see koi as representations of courage. Together in a koi pond, they represent love and friendship. ‘ Koi – Wikipedia
Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:
- Good fortune
So what did I use and how did I colour my Koi?
The stamp set used is ‘All the Good Things’, Stampin’ Up! and technique is ‘ Baby Wipe Technique. This stamp set is on the ‘Last-Chance Products’, so if you are wanting this set then order it now because it will be gone by June.
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The Products used-
- Stamps- All the Good Things 146558 by Stampin’ Up! This is a ‘Distinktive Stamp’ – ‘Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity’.
- Cardstock- Bermuda Bay , Pacific Point, Whisper White
- Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill- Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.
- Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies 148551
So what is the Baby Wipe Technique?
The Baby Wipe technique is where you make a stamp pad out of Baby Wipes. I use about 3-4 baby wipes folded in half and layered on top of each other. Make sure you have these sitting on a plastic surface such as the inside of a unused stamp case or a plate. (just in case the ink goes through, you don’t want it to damage the surface underneath). This technique works well when using solid stamp images.
Apply re-inkers to the baby wipes… I like to use 3 colours as you don’t want your colours to become muddy. The colours I have used are – Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.
- Starting with darkest colour drop about 4 drops of ink in one spot, spacing them apart add more spots randomly. As the ink absorbs into the wipes it will spread so make sure you leave enough space for the next colour. You want to finish with an area bigger than your image.
- Add the next color next to the first spots leaving space for the lightest colour.
- Use the lightest colour to fill in the left over spaces.
- Tap your stamp lightly into ink and stamp onto your cardstock.
Every time you stamp the image it will be slightly different and that is the fun of it.
I love this technique and I’m sure you will too. If you have any questions please just ask and I will get back to you as soon as I can. All products used in this card will be listed below and is linked to my On-Line Store.