Wednesday 1 April 2020

Something Fishy

     Another bench card made with John Next Door's new die, this time something a little different. There are so many different ways this die can be changed, it's great as a base to work from.
    The basic assembly video is here, but this card has a few differences. You will need one base section, one long front section and three bracers, all in black card, plus one shelf in kraft card.
     The base section has the front flaps cut to form long tabs, see photo. The long front section has been cut into two thirds for the bottom and one third for the top, these long bands will wrap from one side to the other to hold it all together.
      There is one bracer in the bottom to support the shelf and two across the top to hang the fish from. The shelf will need trimming down at the front to fit inside.
      For the background panel I printed a free aquarium scene I found on line, reduced to scale. Using some of John's foliage dies I cut green weeds and mounted them on tiny folded tabs so they stand up for display but fold flat for postage. The shelf already looked like sand so I left that alone but it could be decorated to look like stones if you so wished.
      The fish are all cut with tiny dies that some of my friends hunted down at a craft show a few months ago, the big ones cut from coloured card and the little shoal from silver mirri.
      To mount the fish I used redline tape on to small tabs of acetate that hang from the top bracers, two bracers makes for better positioning and it makes it stronger too.
       When the bottom shelf is lifted the tank will fold flat....but all the water runs out!! Just checking to see if you're read this far.
      There are so many fabulous ideas out there that have already been made, search bench or bridge card to find them. If you are on Facebook take a look at 'Crafting with John Next Door and Crafts Too' where you can see all the samples made by Lockwoods Angels.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND083 - Bench (Bridge) Card die
JND056 - Ferns die set
JNDAD016 -  Elderflower die set
Redline Tape
Strong PVA Glue
Fish dies - Craft Emotions
Acetate, black card, kraft card

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Love To Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Must Feature A Creature
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes


  1. Oh how clever you are! This is amazing and so real looking! I hope you mopped up all that water afterwards. So glad you shared with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, CarolG

  2. Fabulous project. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  3. Wonderful original creation!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore April "ATG".


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