Fishy Fred by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with Fred who seems to have got himself into a bit of usual for him!!

What I did:

I took a size 8 manila tag for this, sprinkled some blue Brusho onto it and spritzed liberally with water until I was happy with the colour.

I used one of the fishes from the Marina stamp set to add interest to the background stamping it using a blue shade of archival ink so it didn't dominate.

The seaweed and bubbles (also from the Marina set) were stamped using black Archival ink and coloured in with undiluted Distress Markers.

Now comes the fun part....a head swap!! I love doing this as you get some fun ideas this way and you get to double the use out of your stamps too. Marina the mermaid was stamped onto Strathmore paper along with Fred's head and also the crown from the Amelie stamp set. These were all coloured in using Mermaid Markers (no pun intended) diluted with a water brush.

I gave Fred a pair of 'worried' eyebrows and added a little doodling here and there with Posca pens.

The images were fussy cut out and adhered to the tag along with a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment.

Fred did make a wish as he wanted something fishy but I'm not sure this is what he had in mind.....what a silly boy :)

Supplies Used:

That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set - Marina
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set - Freddy and Friends collection
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set - Amelie
Mermaid Markers
Size 8 Manila Tags
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Metallic Stickers
Distress Markers
Posca Pens
Archival Ink Pads
Water Brush

Hope you like it
Donna xx

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  1. Lol lol I love the head swap Donn and the colours are wonderful . Fabulous piece ❤️❤️

  2. That'll teach him lol - he looks fab Donna xx

  3. Lol- gorgeous sweetest Donna, - a beautiful background for your little mercat - not looking very happy, about what his Mom just did to him :-)- maybe he easily gets seasick .......
    So wonderful colors , dear, -love it !!
    Hugs, Dorthe xxxxxx

  4. He’s looking a bit green in the gills maybe that’s because it is quite an art to become a competent mermaid, has he got ideas above his station? Fab fun tag
    Amanda x

  5. Love this quirky tag Donna and the head swap is such fun too. The expression on Fred's face is priceless!
    Fliss xx

  6. Poor Fred, I think he's wondering what you will dress him in next hee hee! Sweet swimming costume.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  7. He looks stunning as a mermaid too! 💕


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