I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s blog hop!  It was my first Christmas card of the year.  I will try to do one every now and then, but I mainly will be sticking to summer into Fall for right now.  It’s way too hot to be thinking of Christmas here in the south.

Today’s card is a retirement card for a friend.  Everything , even the sentiment, would work for other purposes as well.  I hope you like it.



This stamp set is the Sailing Home set.  It is a carry over in the annual catalog.  I love it for the stamps, but also that it works for anyone who loves the water and sailing.   I wanted a “water” color for this card, so went with Coastal Cabana as the base.  I then found the perfect compliment of DSP in the Brights 6X6 Designer Series Paper.  The pattern on the paper works for so many things.

The boats are stamped using Smoky Slate Ink.  The bit of water beneath each one is colored using the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.  I use it for various shadows on items.  It is just enough color.

The sentiment layer is stamped in Coastal Cabana Ink.  I die cut the sentiment using a die from the Smooth Sailing Dies.  They used to be a bundle with the Sailing Home stamp set, but are not longer.  They are just available individually.  To get the Bermuda Bay layer behind the sentiment, I did a little trick that I have used a few times.  I flipped the die over, and used a pencil to draw around the outside of it.  I then fussy cut, carefully, just outside the line.  (For me, just outside the line is easier than trying to cut on the line.)  It may not be perfect, but I love the look it gives when you do not have a companion back layer.

The finishing touch was a few of the Epoxy clear dots.  Just a bit of water splash in my mind!

Thank you for stopping in today!  I really appreciate it and thank you for the nice compliments yesterday.  If you missed the hop, here is the link to my card and you can hop around from there.  Click Here

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