When I was a wee little one in elementary school, our school gave “Caught Being Good” classroom reward to students with good behavior. When you got the coveted classroom reward, your photo went on a fish-themed board for all to see. You also got $1. You guys, I lived for these awards. Not only did I think $1 was basically the same as $1000 (because $1 would buy me a chocolate bar, which is just as good as $1000 in the bank), I loved the public recognition of a job well-done. Well, that part has carried into adulthood. We nominate people for recognition awards in our office. And guess what, we have a fish theme going on! So I am bringing back the ‘Caught Being Good’ award to our office. Maybe I will even hand out $1 bills. 🙂 And, since school is almost back in session, this is also a perfect classroom reward idea!
(Although this looks like a lot of supplies, most of it builds up your craft supply collection for later use! And you can make many classroom rewards.)
- Paper Fish Frames
- Fish Stickers
- Alphabet Stickers
- White Candy (I think this particular one is too hard for kids)
- Coral Reef Figurines
- Candy Bags
- Twist Ties
- Alcohol Inks
- Ink Blending Tool
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
- Aquamarine Ink Pad
Step 1: Apply a base ink color to the fish frame using a blending tool and distress ink. Distress ink is made to be applied in an uneven manner, so just dab and blend as much as you want, no need to be precise.
Step 2: After you have finished your base coat (it doesn’t have to be dry), you can add a top coat of ink in a complementary color. I love this aquamarine ink pad. You have to blend this ink as soon as you put it down. So quickly move the blender in a circular motion.
Step 3: While your fish frame is drying, start working on your candy bag. Apply a few drops of alcohol ink to the bottom of the outside of the bag. You are aiming for a water effect so Stream, Pool, Citrus and Lettuce would be great color choices. Stream is one of my favorite alcohol inks – I use it all the time!
Step 5: Apply a complementary color on top of the base color. Alcohol inks are made to interact with one another, so you will see some cool effects. Since I was going for a water look, I just dropped some green ink and let it spread out. I dabbed a tiny bit to blend it all together (but not much!).
Step 7: Back to the candy bag- When the ink is dry, add a few fishy stickers to the bottom of the bag.
Step 9: Cut off the top of the bag, leaving a little room to tie it off. And you are done with your co-worker or classroom rewards!
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.