As you can probably guess by my chatty blog posts, I am a talker. I can carry on a conversation with just about anyone, anywhere. And there’s hardly a thing I like to talk about more than stamping. On a recent plane flight, I had a wonderful conversation with the young woman sitting next to me, and the topic quickly moved to stamping. She eventually opened my Pinterest board on her laptop and subscribed to my feed. Yay!
Fast forward several weeks…I received an email from Nora. She asked me to make a special Christmas card for a good friend of hers. Her friend is a dentist and a deep-sea fisherman. Let’s see…Masculine, Christmas, Fish, Special. Those were the criteria. Here’s what I came up with:
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- Not too fussy. As a general rule, it’s best to keep things simple when making a card for someone you don’t know. This multi-layered card is (by no means) simple, but it’s really not too fussy. The central image is really pretty simple, and the gorgeous Winter’s Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper frames the image nicely.
- Bringing in the color. This gorgeous Designer Series Paper contains four colors: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. I wanted to bring all of these colors into the central image (even if they each only have a small role there). The fish and the sentiment are Island Indigo. I inked the coral in Smoky Slate and stamped it off once before stamping it here. It adds the perfect touch. I sponged a light amount of Coastal Cabana around the edge of the Whisper White circle. All the colors are represented here. Yippee!
- A nod to fishing. One of Nora’s “requirements” was this card should somehow incorporate her friend’s love of deep-sea fishing. She wanted a marlin, but I don’t have anything with a marlin image. This fish might not be a deep-sea creature (and coral is only found in shallow water), but they are both a hearty nod to the ocean. That’s what matters, right?
This was a really fun project, and I was so happy to drop it in the mail to Nora. I really hope her friend loves the card as much as I loved making it for her and for him.
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