Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CHA Tutorial: Clown Fish


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Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! I love this holiday where we are able to take a moment and remember those who have fought and died for our country.


 And to also remember other loved ones who we have lost. This week was the one year anniversary of my best friend's passing.  


May has turned into a whole month of remembering for me. Her birthday, her passing and Memorial Day all right together. Yesterday was a good day for me to reflect and spend time with my little family.
I do hope each of you enjoyed your weekend and time to remember your own loved ones!

First off, I want to announce this week's blog winners! Thank you to everyone who posted blog comments last week. I really do read them all! If you are one of our winners, email me your address {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com} and I will get your prize right out to you!

Congrats to:


Super cute idea to make a mini album from the banner. TFS


AND


What a nice set to give to a teacher!


Today I have a fun tutorial to share with you. Do you remember seeing this display at our CHA booth?


The clown fish was a big hit with you! I love how the scales of the fish are punched out of paper and layered. It really does show off how great paper can look on things other than scrapbooks!


Here are your instructions!


Clown Fish

Supplies & Tools

·      DCWV 12”X12” SHIMMER STACK
·      DCWV 12”X12” GLITTER STACK
·      DCWV 12”X12” CAFÉ MEDITERRANEAN PRINTED CARDSTOCK STACK
·      12”X12” PIECE OF BLACK CARDSTOCK
·      BLUE MOON BEADS—BLACK STRING BEADS
·      BLUE MOON BEADS—RED STRING BEADS
·      2 MEDIUM BLACK BUTTONS
·      1”,1 1/4”, AND 2 1/2” CIRCLE PUNCH
·      BEADING WIRE (OPTIONAL)
·      SCISSORS
·      MASKING TAPE
·      TISSUE PAPER OR PACKING PAPER
·      PAPER CRAFTING ADHESIVE (INCLUDING HOT GLUE)
·      MARKER
·      PENCIL

 Directions

1.    CREATE FISH BASE USING PACKING PAPER AS THE SUBSTANCE, FORMING AND TAPING IT TOGETHER WITH MASKING TAPE. *NOTE: BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE TOP AND BOTTOM FINS AND TAIL IN YOUR BASE STRUCTURE.
2.    TAKE YOUR MARKER AND DRAW OUT THE FISH DESIGN (SECTIONS WHERE YOU WILL ADD CONTRASTING COLORS AND/OR PRINTS) ON THE FISH BASE.  THIS WILL HELP GUIDE THE PLACEMENT OF THE CIRCLES.  SET ASIDE.
3.    PUNCH OUT NUMEROUS CIRCLES USING THE 1” CIRCLE PUNCH FROM COORDINATING SHEETS IN THE SHIMMER, GLITTER, AND CAFÉ MEDITERRANEAN STACKS.  *NOTE: YOU WILL NEED 14 TO 20 CIRCLES TO COMPLETE EACH COLOR SECTION FOR AN APPROXIMATE TOTAL OF 250 CIRCLES.
4.    BEFORE ADHERING YOUR CIRCLES IN PLACE, COVER THE TOP AND BOTTOM FINS AS WELL AS THE TAIL WITH 1 SOLID COLOR ON EACH SIDE.  ONCE THESE ARE COVERED, BEGIN ADHERING YOUR CIRCLES (“SCALES”) IN PLACE USING YOUR LINES DRAWN IN STEP 2. 
5.    PUNCH A 2 1/2” CIRCLE FROM DESIRED GLITTER SHEET.  CUT THIS IN HALF AND ADHERE 1 ON EACH SIDE OF THE FISH, WITH THE STRAIGHT EDGE UNDERNEATH THE SCALES IN FRONT OF WHERE YOU WILL ADHERE YOUR SIDE FINS.
6.    CUT OUT 2 SIDE FINS AND ADHERE THEM IN PLACE, 1 ON EACH SIDE, JUST UNDERNEATH THE 1/2 CIRCLES. 
7.    ADD DETAILS TO THE FISH, BEGINNING WITH THE FINS.  TAKE THE RED SEED BEADS AND, USING THE IMAGE AS A REFERENCE, ADHERE THEM IN DESIRED PATTERN TO EACH SIDE OF THE TOP AND BOTTOM FINS AND TAIL.  ADHERE TO THE FRONT OF THE SIDE FINS AS WELL.  ADHERE THE BLACK SEED BEADS AROUND THE CONTOUR OF EACH FIN ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE FISH.  *NOTE: BEADS WILL BE MORE SECURE WHEN RESTRUNG ONTO A WIRE AND THEN ADDED TO THE FISH.
8.    WHEN THESE ARE FINISHED, PUNCH OUT CIRCLES FOR THE EYES.  YOU WILL NEED A 1” CIRCLE AND 1 1/4” CIRCLE FOR EACH ONE, WITH EACH SIZE IN A DIFFERENT COLOR.  ADHERE THESE IN PLACE, ADDING A BLACK BUTTON IN THE CENTER OF EACH GROUPING.
9.    FINISH BY ADDING LIPS TO THE FRONT OF THE FISH.  INSERT BLACK PAPER IN THE CENTER OF THE LIPS.
10. ENJOY!



Oh look at that cute little face :) Don't you want to make one of your own now!

Have a wonderful day! I'll be back on Thursday :)

54 comments:

  1. So glad you have a great group of friends to remember with you! This fish is really cute, my daughter would love to make her own Nemo!

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  2. Super cute fishy!

    Happy you were able to take the time to remember your friend. Sorry you lost her way too soon.

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  3. My boys would so go crazy over that fish!! I can see that your friend was a very special lady, and that she is greatly missed. How wonderful it is to have each other for support!

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  4. What an awesome project! Super cute =)

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  5. If my son were younger, I know I'd be making one of these fish for him. It's so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. May is a wonderful time to remember those that are no longer with us, I am glad that you were able to fondly remember your friend. The clown fish is way cute!!! Glad to see a project that combines both paper and beads.

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  7. I love the clown fish! I think a bunch of fish made like this would make a darling mobile for a nursery!

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  8. Love the tutorials! The clown fish is super cute.

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  9. Excellent instructions and the clown fish looks great. It reminds me of Nemo and my kids would absolutely love to have this as part of their playroom decor.

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  10. love the cute little clown fish. Thanks for sharing the instructions for him.

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  11. Yes, I do want to make some of these cute little guys... Can you imagine these in a "Nemo" themed room? So much fun! You could make a whole school of them. Thanks so much!
    Penny
    redheadworking at earthlink dot net

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  12. The clown fish are so cute. Thanks for the instructions!

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  13. I once had a cat that had those same markings. She was one of the most wonderful cats I've ever had--she lived for 16 years. I still miss her. Your baby is adorable!
    face painting

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  14. Glad you're all able to hang and smile together at Amberly's grave- that's a sign of such an amazing friendship between you all that stands the test of time. As for the fish, adorable of course! :)

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  15. It is always good to share these moments with friends:) love the clownfish.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  16. That is so adorable! Nopt sure if I am brave enough to attempt a complex project like this but I definitely enjoy seeing it!

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  17. The clown fish looks amazing!
    I'm sorry about your friend. Looks like she had many friends, so it's good to remember loved ones together. <3

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  18. What a neat fish, thanks for the tutorial!

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  19. Hi Erin, I'm sorry about your friend Amberly! She must have been a wonderful person the picture say's enough about her and you! I hope you are doing well now......
    Love that clownfish very much awesome job! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs Amy :)

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  20. So sorry about the loss of your friend. I lost my best friend almost 4 years ago. I wish you warm loving memories along with silly crazy ones too.
    I love the clownfish. I can see the little guy on the front of a card. (without the base). I have a friend who has fish, so his next birthday card might look like Nemo!
    Todays' the day I get my box from DCWV. I am soo excited! I think if I had to wait another day, I'd have to spend it in bed! lol Thanks again to you all! And congrats to this weeks winners. Hugs, Jess

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  21. What a sweet way to remember your friend....wish more people did this...
    I love this fish.....I have been wanting to make this....but it's been on the back burner...just didn't know how to start...now I do....so thank you so much for the tutorial.....would make a awesome boy birthday centerpiece....tfs

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  22. wonderful friends and memories to cherish.
    The clown fish is so cute and realistic, must have taken ages to patch the scales but worth it.

    ~luanne

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  23. I've shared on pinterest.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/11962755230656002/

    Luanne

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  24. Shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/LuannePang/status/207809097146445824

    Luanne

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  25. They are never truely gone as long as we have them inour hearts!! Lovely picture!! I love this fish I;m changeing my kids room from car & trucks to ocean scene and I am defiantly going to have to do this!! TFS

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  26. shared on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/luanne.pang/posts/152216044903102

    Luanne

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  27. A nice post ... thank you! I'm so sorry to see and read about your friend's passing. Hold the memories close to your heart!
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  28. cute fish. thank you for sharing.

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  29. Wow, that fish is awesome!!! And I am so sorry about your friend.

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  30. That little clown fish is really cute! What alot of work went into making each and every thing at your booth! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

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  31. I love it. I plan to make some fish and hang them from the ceiling in my daughter's bathroom. She has an ocean/sea theme! Thanks so much!
    Sharon from MN

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  32. Such a cute face on that little fish!

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  33. My granddaughters will LOVE this!

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  34. we all need time to reflect on friends no longer with us, and to be joyous and thankful for what we have.

    thanks for the fish tutorial - if I had the time and a little more artistic ability I might try it. Maybe something smaller first.

    maureen

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  35. Very cute fish. What a crafty idea. :)

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  36. What a great project...reminds me of a Ty beanie baby gold fish that I have!

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  37. So so cute....i need to try this out! My grandson would LOVE having Nemo hanging in his room!

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  38. I think it's great that you all got together like that, for your friend. I can't believe it's been a year already. Hope your memories have all been great!

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  39. Very cute--these are my favorite fish.

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  40. thanks for sharing how you made the fish. It looks fabulous.

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  41. Wow! This is so great. Thanks for all the instructions so we can make one too. He's beautiful!

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  42. It's amazing what some people can do with paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. So sorry to read about the anniversary of your friend's death. May must be a difficult time for you.
    Thanks for sharing this tutorial for the clown fish -- I just love all the creative papercrafters out there!

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  44. So sorry about your friend. May is a very hard month for me too. My mom passed away 6 years ago on May 31st. May brings Mother's Day, her birthday and then the anniversary of her death. I miss her every day and wish I could talk to her. I know I will see her again one day. Until that time, I have so many wonderful memories of her.

    The fish is amazing. You sure work with a talented group of crafters.

    Leslie

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  45. Beautiful clown fish, so creative!

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  46. Sorry for the loss of your friend. How ever it is nice to see ow happy all of you look at her grave. Thank ou fo daring another CHA project they were all so pretty and it is nice to get the inside scoop on all those fabulous projects.

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  47. Nice to see you surrounded by friends and family. Thank you for sharing with us.
    That fish and turtles are just too cute!

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  48. Sorry about your friend. The project DCWV artists make are always amazing, TFS.

    StefanieH

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  49. This would be a cute idea for a classroom. If they have a ocean theme the teacher could have students make a similar one and have them in the classroom suspended from the ceiling!

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  50. is there any way that you could share with us how to make the turtle? My husband and I just got back from Kona, Hawaii and we fell in love with the sea turtles!

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