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A Unique Fish Tank by Michelle Jackson-Mogford

A Unique Fish Tank by Michelle Jackson-Mogford

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Published by Purple Cows, Inc.
Fabulous, imaginative way to create a display for photos using the Purple Cows Laminator. Great gift idea!
Fabulous, imaginative way to create a display for photos using the Purple Cows Laminator. Great gift idea!

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Published by: Purple Cows, Inc. on Nov 03, 2010
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 A Purple Cows Designer Project 
A {Unique} Fish Tank 
by Michelle Jackson-Mogford http://mjm-thearttart.blogspot.com/ http://mjm-thearttart.com
Purple Cows 2 in 1 Combo Trimmer #1040Purple Cows Click Blade Colonial #2810Purple Cows Freestyle Mouse #6040Purple Cows Click Blade Score #2811Purple Cows Hot & Cold Laminator #3015/3025Purple Cows Click Blade Straight #2801Purple Cows Click Blade Wave #2803Purple Cows Click Blade Victorian #2809scissors
Purple Cows Hot Pockets 8.5"x11" #4040Purple Cows Hot Pockets 12"x12" #4050Purple Cows Hot Pockets 11"x17" #4090Cosmo Cricket Snorkel crafting kitClear snaps cats eyes ink stacker - chocolate andblueberriesClear snaps Smooch Spritz ink in blueClear snaps glitterClear snaps smooch inksHelmar scrap dots and 450 quick dry adhesiveAlcohol inks, white card, colored pencils
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Purple Cows Inc.3210 North Canyon Rd. Suite 307 Provo, UT 84604 USAwww.purplecows.net information@purplecows.net
A {Unique} Fish Tank 
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Using the Guillotine on the Purple Cows 2 in 1 combo trim-mer trim the sides and back for your fish tank from Cosmo Cricketbeach towel paper. The front and back will be 10'' x 12'' and the sides10'' x 7''.2. From some scrap paper trim 2 more rectangles 1 @ 8'' x 10''and 1 @ 8'' x 5''. Centre these rectangles on to the side and front andback pieces you have just trimmed (the one at 5'' wide for the sidepieces the one at 10'' wide for the front and back) and mark aroundthem with a pencil. These pencil rectangles will act as a guide foryou to cut out the apertures.3. Using decorative click blade#2803 in the rotary side of the PurpleCows 2 in 1 combo trimmer, cut out theapertures from each piece. As the bladedoesn't make contact until you pressdown on it, you can position it to cut anaccurate and perfect aperture every time.Ink the apertures when you're done tobring out the lovely scallop edge usingthe clearsnaps blueberry ink.4. Put the sides and front and back of your fish tank intosome #4050 Purple Cows Hot pockets. Centre the pieces liningthem right up to the top to leave laminate available for thefolds later. Once all the paper is in place give the apertures agood spritz with the smooch ink spritz and leave the pocketsopen to dry.5. While the fish tank pieces are drying fill a # 4040 PurpleCows hot pocket with a mix of blue and green alcohol ink tocreate a random pattern. Leave the pocket open to dry (don'tclose the pocket while it is wet as it will ooze ink when it goesthrough the laminator!)
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Purple Cows Inc.3210 North Canyon Rd. Suite 307 Provo, UT 84604 USAwww.purplecows.net information@purplecows.net
A {Unique} Fish Tank 
6. While all the Hot pockets fillings are drying, using the guillotine again trim 2 rectangles for the top and bottom of the tank. I used Cosmo Cricket carbonation for this. Both rectangles need to be 12'' x 7''. Put one rectangle into a # 4050Purple Cows hot pocket and the other one in a # 4090 Hot Pocket, centering it so we can fold edges over later to create thelid.7. Switch on the Purple Cows #3025 hot/cold laminator and while it is heating up sprinkle some clear snaps glitterinto the now dry hot pockets (the ones with the apertures and the alcohol ink one) and then close them up. Get a sparepiece of 12'' x 12'' card ready at this point to use as a feed guide for your hot pockets to support them as they go throughthe laminator (you don't need to use this method for the base and lid pieces as they are solid paper pieces)8. Laminate all your pieces and when you're done don't forget to switch off the machine (unless you've been collect-ing things to laminate, don't forget you can have a laminator session for up to 2 hours before you need to give the machinea rest!)9. Now you need to cut all the pieces to sizewith the guillotine and score folds using click blade # 2811 in the rotary trimmer of the 2 in 1combo. Trim the 12'' x 10'' front and back pieces tothe 12'' width (remember to allow a small marginat the sides of the 12'' to contain the lamination)and trim it at 10 1/4''. Score along the bottom at10'' and fold the extra 1/4'' to allow this to adhereto the base. Trim the 10'' x 7'' side pieces to 10 1/4''x 7 1/2'' then scoring the height at 10'' and 1/4'' oneither side folding them over to create the fixingtabs for the box. Trim the base up to the sides of the paper remembering to leave that laminationmargin and then trim the lid piece with a 3/4'' lipall the way round (making it 13 1/2'' x 8 1/2'') scorethese 3/4'' lips and fold over. Cut into the cornersas you would when making a box so the flaps sitinside each other.10. Now you have all the box pieces readythe next job is to cut the 'sandbanks' for theinside of the tank. Choosing different patternedpapers from the Cosmo Cricket snorkel kit cutsome sand banks using decorative click blades#'s 2809 and 2810 in the Purple Cows freestylemouse # 6040. Make 2 12'' wide and up to 4'' inheight and 2 6'' wide up to about 5'' high. Usingthe freestyle nature of the mouse you can createsome lovely curved pieces for your tank. Usingthe rotary trimmer and the score blade, score at1/4'' up from the bottom of each piece, makethe fold and make a small cut upwards alongthis tab about halfway along.

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