June 15, 2012

Suspended Trout Easel

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


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your templates and instructions on how to colour and paper piece the fish.

lisa808 said...

Great masculine card. My brother will love it. Thanks for the downloads.

Denise said...

This is fabulous! Thanks so much for the templates.

Jamie S said...

I love your use of color and texture! Thanks for sharing the images and the directions. Jamie

Cherie Franklin said...

So Creative Melanie! Love it and LOVE fabricating realistic looking things using stamps, ink and paper! Fantastic Job!

Gina Anderson said...

My brother-in-law was just here fishing. This is a perfect card for him. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Melanie for sharing this beautiful card!

Unknown said...

THis is fantastic, male cards are so hard, but will give this a try for a keen fisherman i know, thank you.

Carole said...

OMG!! This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing how you did it:) My son is an avid fisherman, and I'm going to make this for him:)