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Best Fishes

Hi All,

Yes, I’m using this set again. It just has the cutest fish of all the sets I own. You can click here for a list of posts where I’ve used and/or mentioned this set.

I just purchased this Underwater Collage die, which I’m very happy with. It’s perfect for underwater scenes!

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors for the background and Copic markers for the fish. Here is a close-up:

Best Fishes

Notice that my fish is heat embossed. I first stamped it with Memento ink (a Copic-safe ink), then restamped it in my MISTI with Versamark after I finished coloring. I avoid coloring embossed areas with Copic markers because the powder tends to react with the tip of the marker.

Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Copic sketch markers used: YR09, YR00, Y17
Gansai Tambi colors used: #50, #62

Best Fishes
Best Fishes
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Underwater Collage
Underwater Collage
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
SSS Fog Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 7:06 am


    Ha! Ha! I loved your persistence, Darlene, when struggling to get the card stock to come up off the craft mat. Everything about your card worked so well. It would’ve been a shame to have destroyed all your efforts. But, you could tell you were very determined! And it paid off. This is something that I would have done too but I might not have had such success at salvaging things! Now I use re-positional tape runner. It really comes in handy a lot of times. I even use it on a the back of water colour paper to stick down on a cutting board when I water colour. It really helps keep my paper from warping so much. Funny you used the SSS Best Fishes stamp set for the card. It’s one of my favourites too and I almost decided to use it today for a card I’m making. But I’m using the “That Bites” stamp set by Avery Elle instead. I really liked that underwater collage die and your water was so realistic too.

  2. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 9:52 am


    Thank you for leaving in your mistake! It makes me not feel quite as bad when I make mistakes frequently when I craft. I like that die a lot and may need to get it for myself.

  3. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Brenda L.

    Cute card Darlene. I was really surprised that the ATG tape stuck to hard to your mat!! I though it would release easy since it is a slippery craft mat! Live and learn huh?! I know I would have did that thinking it wouldn’t stick well. Hugs, Brenda

  4. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 2:12 pm


    Such a cute card! Thanks for letting us know you struggle to like we do out here!! Julie

  5. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 3:16 pm


    Loving this card, especially the die cut overlay. It really pops the scene underneath the shape is different and I think is really eye catching. Love the dots on the fish it’s a super cute set.

  6. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 3:35 pm


    Very cute. I am going to have to have another look at that stamp set!

  7. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 3:40 pm


    The struggle is real! I love when you leave in your little bloopers…since we all make bloopers it helps us to accept them. I had a Copic explode on a project the other day…I have NEVER had that happen, I have used that marker many times, I have not refilled it, so you can imagine my surprise. I sat there a minute bewildered. Lol
    Adorable card, I love that stamp set! TFS

  8. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 4:09 pm


    Really cute card, Darlene!!! Love the coloring on the fish especially, and the Fog stamping at the bottom of your Fog cardstock adds a nice touch. Three words: Glide Dental Floss. While I’ve never used it personally to separate stuck things, but Lydia Fiedler (from Splitcoaststampers) swears by it. You just slide it gently between the adhered pieces, and it’s supposed to separate them. Apparently, it even works with ATG adhesive. I rarely have that much trouble, so I just haven’t broken down & gotten any for crafting. Lydia did say that using Glide is the key; apparently not just any old dental floss will do, for whatever reason. Anyway, I appreciate that you leave your struggles in. Just keeps life real! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hey Darlene, I have done that exact same thing…and then put it down again like you did! Doh! I have an old kitchen paring knife and use it like the dental floss as Andrea suggested and it works great. My problem is usually lining up my card front! While watching you, I was wondering why you didn’t attach the water color piece to your card front first and then attach the top die cut piece then…but I am sure you thought of that already! Love this set! Just made some shaker cards the other day using these little fishies!

    PS…I just received five 3-pack sets of copic markers from Blick!!! I am going to practice this weekend so I can case your cards! I already have your copic videos saved in my favorites! (first time copic owner!)

    • wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. The reason why I didn’t put the watercolor panel down first is because my fog piece has the opening in a very specific location, and the watercolor wasn’t the full A2 size, so I was afraid I wouldn’t line it up correctly. Does that make sense? Have fun with your Copics! Warning: very addictive. 🙂

  10. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 5:51 pm


    Thanks for the cute card. I really like the die cut, it makes me feel like I’m looking in a window at the
    aquarium . As everyone else, I enjoy seeing the “oh no’s!”

  11. wrote on April 19th, 2017 at 6:34 pm


    Cute card Darlene. I love the cute faces on these fish. I, like Connie, use re-positional tape (can’t live without it!!)

  12. wrote on April 21st, 2017 at 5:56 am


    Embossing after the image is colored, a new great tip for me! Thanks Darlene. Great card!

  13. wrote on April 22nd, 2017 at 5:28 am


    Ha Ha Ha!! Oh Darlene, I was “helping” you along when you were struggling to release your panel from the craft mat the first time and then, when you did it again and pressed harder, I thought you were not going to be able to release it, ever!!!!!
    But your card is adorable and well worth the effort to salvage it, I love this fishies, they are so cute.
    The tip of heat embossing your card after you color it is great, thank you for sharing.

  14. wrote on May 29th, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Kim Bears

    Darlene, thanks for letting us see when you make mistakes! It’s nice to know that even the pros run into silly issues every now and then. Best “fishes!” ~Kim

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