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HOW TO MAKE A 3-D BLUEGILL FISH TO MOUNT ON A CARD
Kits available at the bottom of this page!

Step 1 Photo

Step 1 Photo

STEP 1

STEP 1

Use our Bluegill Stamp (ANL1084), and stamp it once on Shiny Cardstock (Kromecote) with black Archival Ink.  Stamp it once on Dura-Lar, or acetate, with embossing ink.  Add silver embossing powder, and set the powder with a heat gun.

Step 1a Photo

Step 1a Photo

STEP 1a

STEP 1a

If you don't have a heat gun or embossing powder you can still get a nice effect by using black or green Archival Ink on the Dura-Lar film as shown here (we've used black in the example).

Step 2 Photo

Step 2 Photo

STEP 2

STEP 2

Color the shiny image as shown with green and orange markers.  We use Tombow Green 126 and Tombow Orange 933.  You don't have to be that exact on the coloring; there is a lot of variation among Bluegills.

Step 3 Photo

Step 3 Photo

STEP 3

STEP 3

Color over the green & orange areas with Tombow Yellow 055 as shown.  Add a little Tombow Gray N60 along the bottom for shading, and color in the gill with Tombow Blue 555.  Cut off the fins.

Step 4 Photo

Step 4 Photo

STEP 4

STEP 4

Trim the embossed image as shown.  Cut one of the bottom fins from the image, and set aside for Step #8.  Cut out the side fin, and leave a little extra on the narrow end to be used as a gluing tab, and set aside for Step #6.
Step 4a Photo

Step 4a Photo

STEP 4a

STEP 4a

This is the image that is used with Archival Ink on the Dura-Lar film instead of embossing. Cut as shown.


Step 5 Photo

Step 5 Photo


STEP 5

STEP 5

Curl the edges of the colored image down so it's a little rounded instead of flat.  That'll give it a 3-D look.
Step 6 Photo

Step 6 Photo

STEP 6

STEP 6

Cut a slit in the colored image where the side fin connects to the body.  Insert the tab end of the embossed, side fin that was set aside earlier from step #4.  Glue in place from the back.
Step 7 Photo

Step 7 Photo

STEP 7

STEP 7

Glue a couple of scrap pieces of Crescent Board (or a single scrap piece of thicker corrugated cardboard) in oval shapes that are smaller than the fish's body. Glue them togther, and then glue them to the back of the colored image.
Step 8 Photo

Step 8 Photo

STEP 8

STEP 8

Glue the colored image to the embossed image. Run a bead of glue along the end of the fish's tail and make sure the tail fin is glued tight to the body (you can use a small clamp or paper clip to hold it while the glue dries).  Glue on the bottom fin that was set aside from step #4.
Step 9 Photo

Step 9 Photo

STEP 9

STEP 9

Add an Eye (ACC8007).  It's one of our available accessories.
Step 10 Photo

Step 10 Photo

STEP 10

STEP 10

Cut a piece of the Wood-grained Paper slightly larger than the template (that comes with the fish stamp), peel off the backing paper and affix it to some Crescent Board.  Trace the template oval onto the wood-grained paper.  Cut it with scissors (save the scrap board!), and color the edge with a brown, colored pencil.
Step 11 Photo

Step 11 Photo

STEP 11

STEP 11

Glue a piece of scrap board, or corrugated cardboard, to the back of the fish. Glue the fish to the wood-grained oval.  Paint a small rectangle of cardstock with gold paint, and glue it beneath the fish.  Mount the fish on a prepared card.
Step 11a Photo

Step 11a Photo

STEP 11a

STEP 11a

This is how the fish looks when using black Archival Ink on the Dura-Lar film instead of embossing.
Step 12 Photo

Step 12 Photo

STEP 12

STEP 12

To protect your card in the mail: Cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard slightly larger than your card.  Glue four shipping peanuts in the corners of one piece, sandwich your card between the cardboard pieces, and tape them together.  Put it in a manila envelope and use the US Postal service!
MATERIALS:

MATERIALS:

For 3-D Blue Gills we use Archival Ink, Tombow markers, Elmer's Glue, Embossing Ink, Silver Embossing Powder, brown colored pencil, and scrap corrugated cardboard.  Equipment: small scissors, an x-acto, and an embossing heat gun.  Underlined items in the instructions above are incuded in our Blue Gill Stamp kits for purchase below.
3-D Fish Kit w/Stamp (unmounted)

3-D Fish Kit w/Stamp (unmounted)

3-D Fish Kit w/Stamp (unmounted)
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This kit gives you most of the materials needed to make at least eight of our 3-D Blue Gills.  It includes an unmounted Blue Gill stamp, two 5" x 8" sheets of shiny cardstock, two 5" x 8" pieces of Crescent Board, two 5" x 8" sheets of wood-grained paper, two 5" x 8" sheets of Dura-Lar, and one package of stick-on eyes.  Shipping included!
3-D Fish kit without Rubber Stamp

3-D Fish kit without Rubber Stamp

3-D Fish kit without Rubber Stamp
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Materials to make a 3-D Blue Gills (for use if you already have one of our unmounted stamps, or use with our mounted stamp). Kit comes with a package of self-stick eyes, two sheets of 5" x 8" shiny cardstock, two pieces of 5" x 8" Crescent Board, two sheets of 5" x 8" wood-grained paper, and two sheets of 5" x 8" Dura-Lar.  Enough materials to make eight 3-D Blue Gills. Shipping included!
Framed Art Photo

Framed Art Photo

FRAMED ART

FRAMED ART

In addition to cards you can make a beautiful framed picture for your favorite fisherman using our stamps! I tell you, he or she would LOVE getting this!

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