Saturday is the day for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. And did we ever have an interesting inspiration piece today. It is a Fishy Necklace.  Now this piece put me in an interesting dilemma as I like to use my time playing in the challenges to create my Christmas cards. And on top of it, I really didn’t have time to play as I have other commitments that I really should be working on.  But I knew they would still be there when I got through with the challenge piece. So…..how to take a fish themed necklace and turn it into a Christmas card? Then I remembered the Crab & Company set had a Santa hat,a couple Christmas sentiments like Sandy Claws and Jingle Shells, and a present.  What more could I ask for?  I needed a tree.  Loads of Love came to the rescue and provided just the size I needed for an under the sea Christmas scene. I stamped the tree, star fish, and shells on watercolor paper for the main layer and repeated several of those on scrap watercolor paper along with the clam,the Santa hat and shrimp. I painted all the images with re inkers and then used a brush to create the sandy bottom.  I used a garden green marker to sketch out the strange seaweed, and then went over all the images with a little Diamond Glaze and sprinkled Dazzling Diamond on everything. After allowing everything to dry, I cut out all the little images and started building my scene. When everything was secure, I created a two layer frame with my Nestabilities and attached over the scene with mounting tape.  I had to use Jingle Shells for my sentiment as it was too cute to pass up. My favorite thing about this whole card is the darling little smiley star fish on the top of the tree. This was a very fun challenge as it made me think out of my normal Christmas card "box". I wonder how they got that tree down "under the sea"? 

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Stamps: Crab & Company, Loads of Love, Itty Bitty Background, Cheesecloth

Paper:  Caribbean Blue, Real Red, Marigold Morning, Watercolor

Ink:  Stazon, Re inkers and Classic-Red, Caribbean, Coral, Marigold, Caramel, Pumpkin, Garden Green, Banana, Red Versa

Accessories:  Circle Punches, Nestabilities, Dazzling Diamond, Diamond Effects, Grosgrain