Looking for something different this year for a Father's Day card? If so, try your hand at this suspended trout easel.
If you're up for putting one of these together for yourself, I've provided a link to download the templates. There's a "Trout Paper Piecing" template for those interested in doing the fish only, and a seperate link for the "Suspension Easel" to be used for other suspended projects. Think of replacing the fish with flowers, balloons and more.
The top-most layer of the fish was brayered with reinkers and then run through a lattice embossing folder. Sprtiz with a little black ink and a stamped image from the SU! "Bright Flowers" stamp set.
General directions for creating the multi-colors for the trout are as follows. Place desired colors of reinkers on a 'moist' paper towel or baby wipe. Apply drops in consecutive rows to create your own color palette. Colors for this sample were applied from the center working out on each side:
Primrose Petal ~ center
Pool Party ~ each side of center
Certainly Celery ~
Always Artichoke~ outer-most edge
Once you've applied your desired colors to the wet towel, brayer across the inks on the towel.
With freshly inked brayer, roll across the top layer of the precut fish.
Cut a length of suspension (fishing) line and attach to the base of the tail and body in the center of the fish. Secure with sticky strip. Fold over your top layer to cover base of tail and body.
Secure ends of susupension line to back of easel, using the flap to cover the exposed sticky strip