Over the holiday season we card makers like to focus on Christmas cards, but I find that it is also very handy to make a handful of "thank you" cards as well. You never know who might send an unexpected gift or invite you over for a Christmas party and it's nice to have some ready-made "thank-yous" to send out!
I used the Brutus Monroe Fish Bowl Stamp Set along with a few fun Lawn Fawn dies to create this card.
I started by using my stitched circle die to cut out a circle and also the stitched frame. I knew I wanted to build a little ocean theme on the circle, so I also took my scalloped border dies and cut out some vellum to create two layers of waves to adhere to the bottom portion of the circle.
Before I glued the vellum waves down, I inked the die cut circle using some Aubergine, Oz, and Sea Chalk Ink. I then stamped, embossed, and cut out a number of fish from the stamp set and colored them in by using my blending tool and some more chalk inks. I used Rouge, Cabbage, Jurassic, Jack-O-Lantern, Wagon, and Zest.
I then took a white gel pen and just added a few details to the fish to make them pop, and then tucked them in here and there behind the vellum waves.
For the sentiment and the little stitched frame around the circle, I used some Sidewalk Chalk Ink. This ink is a very light grey-blue and I thought it would be nice to keep these elements lighter so that they would stand out.
The sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die that says, "Thanks". I wanted to change it to say "Tanks" to keep with the fish theme so I ran the die through my Sizzix and then just cut the "h" out of the sentiment.
Now that I had most of the elements for my fish bowl scene done, I set those pieces aside to work on the card base. I took more of my Chalk Inks in the same colors I used for my circle scene, and blended them on. I then took the starfish stamp and the little clam stamp and stamped them all randomly over the whole background, changing the colors to gradually fade from darker colors to lighter ones to create a gradient of color.
I then adhered all my pieces in place, and for the very last finishing touch, I added some Glossy Accents over the sentiment to give it a watery look.
So that's it for today's card! I hope you love it as much as I do! This was a fun card to work on. I love the challenge of taking what I have in my stash and changing it up to fit my theme like I did here with my word die.
Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your day and a smile on your face.