10 July, 2017

Under water

A couple of years ago, after almost 25 years of a shitty marriage, a major part of the pre-marital correspondence landed in the oven during one of mom's "clean up & throw way" episodes.
To me, it was most revealing: firstly, I never knew such correspondence existed, and secondly, it turned out that the questions that were not answered in the years before the wedding, were still the cause of main arguments 25 years later.
However, after a quick "note to self" I managed to sneak a little something from the fire - a little fish made of paper stripes. It was simple and cute at the same time and something I thought I might use in one of my projects one day.

From then on, I imagined countless under water scenes every now and then, but never really went to work. Only a couple of days ago, I finally took out the battered model and searched my stash for yellow, orange and golden papers. 
As I decided to make a maritime card, my fish would have to be slightly smaller than the original. With stripes 5 mm wide, crafting turned out to be quite challenging at moments, and yet the creatures turned out to be too large to realize my idea of a flock of fish on a wavy background. 
In my plan B, I decided to make the card with more than just fish. I stitched a little Fadengrafik ornament which isn't a big thing, but all in all, the card turned out to be full after adding two fish already. To make the scene interesting anyway, I added a vivid background paper with a pattern of ocean waves. Additionally, I raised the stitched strip with 3D adhesive pads and gave tiny gemstone eyes to the fish.
As it didn't seem to be enough and I turned out to be in full crafting mood, I decided to place a little piece of sand patterned paper in the lower part of my card. It was intentionally thorn a little bit to avoid the clear-cut, artificially looking sandbank. After that, I started adding plants and stones that I've cut out of cardstock leftovers.
And after a long period of (crafting) inactivity, it felt so good to be back in my paperstash and set my fantasy free :)
For the third fish that didn't find its place in the main motif, I used the inside of the card on which I added a couple more stones.
What my card turned out to be in the end:
And the original that started it all:
A little contribution to the July collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria. And a little more maritime inspiration: fish in Ljubljana old town :)


- 613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
gem of a challenge: animals
basteltraum: water
brown sugar: ATG
cardmania: summer fun
cardz4guyz: beside the sea
craft-alnica: card for your own soul
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
friendship challenge: summer, sunshine, beach & sea
kreativtanten: colour challenge
little red wagon: wet & wild
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: birthday
sunny day crafting: A for animals
crazy challenge: animals
sketchy challenges: summer
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG


  1. O kako luštne ribice! Super izgledajo, na voščilnici pa sploh! Pa na sploh morska scena... Lepe počitnice :)!

    1. Hvala, Klara :) Tudi počitnice bodo... kmalu :)

  2. It's a beautiful card. I love the way your woven fish are echoed by the stitched shapes in the added panel. Thank you for sharing your art at Crafty Calendar.

  3. Beautiful card Cheiro, love the pretty under water scene you created. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny’s Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  4. Very pretty card! Love the fish and how you incorporated them into that amazing underwater scene. Thank you for sharing with us at LRW.

  5. Wow! Your fish are amazing! The whole scene is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz! Cyndi, DT

  6. Wundervolle Karten. Die Fische sehen super aus und auch deine Fadengrafik gefällt mir sehr. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei der Friendship-Challenge.

    LG Heike

  7. Your card is wonderful
    Thanks for joining us at Friendship
    Hugs Anja

  8. Gorgeous card, love the woven fish and your stitching.
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  9. Cute! Thanks for sharing at Sunny Day Crafting.
    ~Owner/DT Janis

  10. Beautiful card, love the fish. Thank you for Joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.

    Meena S4F DT

  11. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our June challenge 12 at Love to Craft, Hazel, DT - thank you also for entering this for my Patterned Paper June challenge. x

  12. Krasno morje si pričarala in super kjut ribice. Hvala, da si se nam pridružila v CRAFTalnici.

  13. Kako domiselne in posrečene ribice😄

  14. Zelo lepo voščilnico si naredila s svojim vezenjem :-))
    Vesela sem, ker ustvarjaš z nami v izzivu CRAFT-alnice … Srečno!

  15. Wow, eine wunderschöne Fadengrafik, tolle Fische und ein geniales Fahrrad zeigst du uns. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge. Ganz liebe Grüße herzlichst Silvi

  16. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Kreativtanten und der Friendship-Challenge.

    Liebe Grüße sendet Dir Sonny

  17. This is amazing!! I remember the fishes from Kindergaden!
    Lia DT S4F

  18. Čudovita morska. S pikanjem ima še dodatno vrednost.
    Hvala da si z nami v Craft-alnici. Lp Lili

  19. Great Card. Thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of A Challenge. Lisa DT

  20. Such a unique card. I love your woven fish and the stitching. Background is just perfect too. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.
    /Maria, DT

  21. beautiful sea themed card
    Good luck & Thank you for joining us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge.
    Shylaa DT@S4F

  22. So very creative - I love everything in this underwater scene. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  23. Beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at CWAA.
    BożenA DT

  24. Eine super tolle Karte. Und mal was total Anderes.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Kreativtanten.
    Grüßle Andrea

  25. This is really lovely. So much work.Thank you for participating i Scrapping4fun