Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Ichthus and the passage of time!

Hello my friends!  

Wow!  2015!!!  Where did 2014 go???  Is it just me or does time seem to be just RACING by?

Well, with the speed of time, we realize that things creep up on us!  With that in mind, when I was thinking about what samples I could make for you using the newly released ODBD Faithful Fish Pattern Die and Debossing Plate.  The first thing that came to my mind was the retired set, Fishers of Men, which was one of my first sets purchased from ODBD!  The set has been retired, but the Fishing Basket Image is still available as a single stamp!  You can find it HERE.  

I love this image for all the guys in my family because they all love to fish!  So I decided to pair the image with a Happy Father's Day sentiment from The Waves on the Sea and make a Father's Day card up early to have ready in June.... which will be here before I know it!!! 

I started with a base of Early Espresso and then used Sahara Sand to die cut and deboss the Faithful Fish Pattern Die and Debossing plate.  I stamped the image with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  I added some baker's twine and splattered some ink on my image panel with a tooth brush and reinker.  Very simple, very quick!  Since time is flying by so quickly, being able to create a few cards quickly seems to be an expedient thing to do right now! :)

I'm sure most of you know the basic history of the "Jesus Fish" but if not, here is what Wikipedia says about it.

 The ichthys or ichthus (/ˈɪkθəs/), from the Greek ikhthýs (ἰχθύς, "fish"), is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and now known colloquially as the "sign of the fish" or the "Jesus fish".

According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes:
According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company. Current bumper-sticker and business-card uses of the fish hearken back to this practice.

I had a Jesus Fish on my car for a while, just as a testimony that I belong to Christ.  One day I parked my car in front of AC Moore and someone stole my fish!  Lol!  I guess they either were enraged by it, or maybe just kids being mean but you have to admit.... that's one thing you don't expect to be stolen!  Well I hope it's doing some good somewhere!  :)

Anyway... thinking about time flying by.... and thinking about Jesus' command to "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men"... I am reminded that time is indeed short, and our entire lives fly by!  Even if we live an incredibly long life, humanly speaking, our days are still short!  It's important to keep eternity in view at all times, and to use our time wisely! 

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to read my rambling thoughts!  I wish each of you a blessed New Year, filled with meaningful times.... meaningful days, meaningful moments! 

 Now if I can just remember to date my checks as Jan. 2015!!! LOL!


Becky said...

What a wonderful Father's Day card Grace. Love the image, which you colored beautifully.
And yes, time is flying by and we all need to be ready for Christ's coming.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a beautiful Father's Day card, Grace!! I love the embossed fish background, the coloring of the fishing basket and the added splatter. Gorgeous work as always my friend!! While I knew how the ichthus began, I loved reading your post!!


kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful card Grace - and so very masculine! Thank you one again for your words of wisdom and blessing.

Sillyfilly said...

This is such a great card. Your coloring is great.
Time certainly marches on.
Praise God we are his!

Mary R. said...

Well said, Grace! I really like your card. Thank God at all times and especially thank him for our Blessings because God is Good all the time:)

Conniecrafter said...

That background is perfect to go with the stamp, very interesting about the early Christians I hadn't heard that about drawing half the symbol and the other finishing it.

Chana Malkah said...

This is so sophisticated, Grace! Just stopped by to let you know that your design is featured on our FB page today www.facebook.com/avenue613 .

Very nice design, hope you will enter it into our ATG challenge at http://avenue613.blogspot.com I know our followers will be inspired.
Chana Malkah, Owner
613 Create Challenge Blog

Lisa Lara said...

I love your beautiful masculine Father's Day Card Grace. And loved reading the information on the Croix symbol.

SarahGeorge said...

Awesome card Grace! Great reading about the information on the Jesus fish. Hope you are doing well. My best wishes to you and all your loved ones :)

JD/ Jill said...

What a great masculine card! I have that stamp and I think I have only used it one time...you are inspiring me to get it out...

Thank you for the nice comments on my blog...and I hope you also have a very Blessed New Year!

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