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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Just Keep Swimming - PCC214

Yesterday Sara Douglass (CEO of Stampin' Up!) shared on FB that her husband Sean was having some chest pains the other night and ended up at the ER.  Come to find out, he had a minor heart attack.  Pretty scary stuff - especially since they're a young family - but it seems like all is well now.

However, I thought I would make him a card.  Not for any brownie points or attention, but because this is why I do what I do.  I love to brighten someone's day with a card.  Something about taking time to create a card and write a note of encouragement.  I think the world needs a little more love these days.. so why not!

I used the sketch from Paper Craft Crew again - I really like the sketch Pam made.  I also wanted to incorporate the marlin stamp from the From Land to Sea set because I know that her husband posts a lot of videos about water skiing and boating.  Plus, I thought the "just keep swimming" sentiment was fun.

To watercolor the marlin, I stamped the image in Basic Gray Archival Ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock.  This keeps the image from running when you color with an Aqua Painter.

For the background... let me explain. haha!  I actually was attempting to watercolor ink using my Aqua Painter and the Seasonal Decorative Masks but didn't like the circles afterall.  So I flipped the white circle over and just rubbed the cardstock over the excess ink left on the stencil.  I actually LOVE it!

The "water droplets" are made with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Just squeeze out a little dab.  You will need to let this dry (I did overnight) - same idea as the old crystal affects.

I think the Mint Macaron Cardstock embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds the perfect touch to this card.  I love adding lots of details and layers but in small amounts. :)

I hope that this inspires you to send a card to someone today - or even this week.  Spread some happiness in the mail!



  1. Holly, Love your card and the swordfish! You totally rocked the sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Craft Crew and we hope to see more of your creations in the future on the challenge. ~Pam, DT

  2. Another great card Holly! Thanks again for playing with us at the Paper Craft Crew! Christyne - DT

  3. Holly, you know I always LOVE your work and this is no exception! Absolutely gorgeous take on the sketch! I love the tone-on-tone swordfish background and the addition of the ribbon angled behind the focal point. Fabulousness! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Craft Crew for our sketch challenge this week! Blessings, Tina

  4. Terrific card to send to Sean Douglass, Holly! I like how you used the Fine Tip Glue Pen for making the 'water drops' - great idea :) Thanks for joining our challenge at the Paper Craft Crew. ~Deborah