Masculine Koi Pond Card with gel filled "shaker"

Hello crafty friends,

It feels like a long time since I last posted, but it's only been a few days.  Maybe it's because it took me longer than I thought to finish this card project and video.  I truly hope that you will find it as fun as I do.

At some point I found a post, probably on Pinterest,  where gel was mentioned as a filling for a shaker card.  If I could find the post again I'd share it, but just know that this was not my original idea.


Instead of writing a lengthy post I have a video to show the entire process of how I put this card together.  To complement the video I am listing the details for the products used and what colors were used to do the stamp layering.  All the stamping was done on Neenah solar white cardstock.

Fish #1 (underneath the pond layer)
Hero Arts inks ( this is the standard set include with the layering stamps, dies and inks if bought in a bundle)
base layer: Soft Vanilla
middle layer: soft granite
top layer:  neon orange

Fish #2: (left side)
Hero Arts & Memento inks
base layer: Hero Arts Soft Vanilla
middle layer: Hero Arts soft granite
top layer: Memento rhubarb stalk

Fish #3: (right side)  
Memento & Hero Arts inks
base layer: Memento Dandelion
middle layer: Hero Arts soft granite
top layer: Memento Cantaloupe

Water lilies:
Hero arts soft granite on the outline stamp on top of Neenah solar white cardstock

Papers used:
Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash Lost and Found collection (any similar blue, green, and brown paper with a variegated finish would also work)
Light Gray cardstock - 110# lb recommended

Dies used:
Spellbinders Prizm Fern dies set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Woodland Wreath Etched Dies
Hero Arts Koi frame cuts (part of bundled set)

Stamps used:

Hero Arts Color layering Koi - part of bundled set (used for the Koi, water liliies
 as well as the sentiment on the outside of the card)
Hero Arts Celebrate Everday sentiment set (Used "Happy Father's Day" stamp for inside of card)

Thanks for stopping by!  Please consider leaving a comment to let me know if this tutorial was helpful to you and let me know if there are any techniques you would like to see in an upcoming post or video.



  1. Just watched the video and this card came out fantastic. I think you convinced me to get those koi fish.

    1. Hi Cher - so glad you liked it! It is a fun set :)


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