Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop

Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop2017-12-27T11:23:09-04:00

Project Description

Steampunk Fish #1

Steampunk Fish Card Made with Viva Las Vegastamps!

Welcome to the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog hop! If you are hopping in order, you should have come here from Rebecca Parsons’ blog.

If this happens to be your first stop, be sure to visit all the blogs by following the links.  For blog candy, Viva Las Vegastamps! is giving away their “Pound O’ Rubber” as the prize.  For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a grab bag of unmounted red rubber stamps that weighs a pound. That’s a lot of stamps!

To qualify to win the blog candy, you must visit all 8 stops on the hop, plus become a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each to let us know you were there.

For my blog hop project, I decided to go with a steampunk theme since I just got all of these great new stamps that gave me the idea for this card. I used the following stamps and tools for my card:

  • Steampunk Fish Stamp (17447)
  • Vintage Fan Lady on Balloon Stamp (17461) – I only used the basket from the balloon.
  • Believe In Magic Stamp (4586)
  • Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder from Viva Las Vegastamps!
  • Onyx Black VersaFine Ink pad, Fiskars wave punch, circle punch, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Distress Ink pads, pop-dots & heavy black thread.

First I stamped the fish and sentiment with the VersaFine ink, then embossed with the Ultra High Gloss powder. Then I cut out and covered the whole fish with embossing ink and powdered the whole thing with the clear powder. I embossed the basket portion of the Vintage Lady stamp with copper embossing powder and cut out. I attached the basket to the fish with the thread.

Steampunk Fish #2

Steampunk Fish Card #2 Made with Viva Las Vegastamps!

For the waves, I used one navy and two medium blue strips of paper and punched them with a Fiskars wave punch. I assembled them with pop-dots and the dragged them across my embossing ink pad and sprinkled them with the Ultra High Gloss Embossing powder and heated.

For the background I inked up the raised side of my embossing folder with yellow and orange Distress Inks, and then ran them through my Vagabond. I then took a blue ink pad and rubbed it over the remaining raised white areas of the paper.  After that, I just inked my edges and assembled the pieces as you see here.

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on our blog hop and I hope my project has either inspired you or given you some new ideas. The next stop on the hop is Dee Dee Catron’s blog.

Have a great time and remember to become a follower and leave a comment on all eight stops to have a chance to win the blog candy!

Viva Las Vegastamps!

I design for Viva Las Vegastamps!


  1. bluecrayons June 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    love your steampunk fish. this card is awesome. thanks for sharing it with me.

    im a follower .

  2. Terri Sproul June 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    love it…

  3. Laurel June 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Joe, just became a follower. Love the steampunk fish card! The background rays are awesome!!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Barbara Moore June 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Love that steampunk fish card! I haven't been into steampunk much but I'm finding it very fun as I'm going thru this bloghop!

    Hugs XX


  5. Janice Anello June 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I love how you mixed and matched different stamps. Very great way to mix it up!


  6. Victoria June 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Great card! I love all the layers. The "balloon fish" is fab!

  7. lyneen June 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    LOVE THIS STAMP… I just got it myself… haven't used it yet. Love all your colors and the textures and layers you give the card.

    I am now following you!!!! Thanks for the hop!

  8. Connie June 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    love steampunk, who would have thought via stampiing…very cool! Connie

  9. Lori June 29, 2011 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I just bought that plate, thanks for the inspiration! Love the fish!!

  10. AmyJRockstar June 29, 2011 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Wow, this is seriously cool! Love your design. So unique! :0) I am already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win! On my way to the rest of the hop. :0)

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)

    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  11. Rebecca E. Parsons/C June 29, 2011 at 2:21 am - Reply

    love the steampunk fish…like minds of course…you work amazes me

  12. DeeDee June 29, 2011 at 5:11 am - Reply

    CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THE INKED EMBOSSING FOLDER!! I'm sure I've read about it before.. but seeing it in action is WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing, Joe!

  13. Sheri June 29, 2011 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Great card. Love that steampunk fish.

  14. Amanda June 29, 2011 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Great card 🙂 Love the fish – I am a follower 🙂

  15. Francine June 29, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Love the fish theme. I love the ocean myself, so I can appreciate fishy's on a card. LOL. Love that the Fishy is a balloon in the sky. Keep up the great work! Hugs, Francine

  16. Teri Ives June 29, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Again steampunk stuff WOW I never thought it would look good in crafts. What a wonderful job. Thank for sharing.

  17. Steph June 29, 2011 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, I love that you added the basket to the fish! Why didn't I think of that?!?! Fab card!

    I'm a new follower 🙂

  18. Peg June 29, 2011 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Great card! I love the fish.

    • Joe Morgan June 29, 2011 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thanks! I think he's so cool! And as soon as I saw him, I thought he would make a great steampunk balloon!

  19. Jennifer June 29, 2011 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great card!!! Welcome to the team, too!

    • Joe Morgan June 29, 2011 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thanks!! I'm really excited to be part of team!!

  20. Tammylee June 29, 2011 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Great blog hop! I love VLVS, and the store in Vegas is cool. I got to visit once while there!

    Would love to win!


    • Joe Morgan June 29, 2011 at 10:14 am - Reply

      I went to the store on Monday for the first time and loved it! It took me over 3 hours to get through all the goodies!

  21. Sheli (aka Michelle) June 29, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Great ideas, Joe! You have a wonderful imagination. OK, I have to ask, what's a Vagabond? Do I need one?


    • Joe Morgan June 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      A Vagabond is an embossing machine like the Sizzix Big Kick or Cuttlebug, but it’s electric and looks like a vintage suitcase. You can thank Tim Holtz for that. Thanks for commenting!

  22. pat June 29, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Very nice! Love the whole package!

  23. Karen Patterson June 29, 2011 at 11:22 am - Reply

    A great card you have created using the steampunk design, your firstone looks like it is in 3d, super job….love it….TFS

  24. Laura June 29, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hooray for Steampunk! And flying Steampunk fish with baskets suspended from them are just darn cool! This is a great card. TFS.

    Following you here and on Twitter. On with the hop!

  25. Carole Lassak June 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Awesome card!! Love how you've interpreted the stamps.

  26. Amy Day June 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I'm going to run for the position of your #1 fan! You always use the greatest techniques and everything is always flawless. Love it!!!

  27. Jamie Crowe June 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Great card Joe! I love steampunk and I think this was a very creative way to create a unique card.

  28. Beverle Mossman June 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Hi Thank you so much for the awesome creation I love the way you have the fish in the design I also joined your blog Thank you again

    Beverlee Mossman

  29. Anna D June 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Great card. Just too cute.

    I'm a follower.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/

    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  30. Laura June 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I love it.. this is soo cool.!!!!

    hugs Laura

  31. Jamie June 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Love anything steampunk! Absolutely an awesome card! :0)

  32. Roberta June 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I did comment on the actual card, but I'll comment here too :). Love how you did the fish and the background!

  33. Sammibug June 30, 2011 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Fabulous card! Love the steampunk stuff!

  34. David June 30, 2011 at 5:27 am - Reply

    I have to admit this is one of my fav cards thus far! Keep them coming Joe!

  35. Kellyr June 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Here I am! Love the fish!

  36. Karen June 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Love the texture on the background – great card!

  37. Maria Soto July 1, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    great idea – love it – new follower here!

  38. ayn yezzi July 2, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    I am not fond of fish ( to eat) but yours are the fun kind… great project !!! I am going to try to catch the idea !!!

  39. Ophelia Paine July 4, 2011 at 9:29 am - Reply

    I really love this card-very cool steampunk look!

  40. Joanne Cavorley March 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    The detail in the fish is amazing

    • Joe Morgan March 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanne, it’s a stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps!

  41. Cindy L Adams March 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Love the Cards My 7 Grandkids would love them

    • Joe Morgan March 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cindy!

  42. Gail Green March 16, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply


  43. Gail Green March 16, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Love the fish!

    • Joe Morgan March 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gail!

  44. Cynthia Merrifield March 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Like the texture look in the pictures.

  45. Cynthia Merrifield March 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Neat techniques and mixed media.

  46. Cynthia Merrifield March 29, 2018 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Really neat concept- like the layers and Dimensional

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