Ever have a card "bother" you? I was all set (right up to having the envelope addressed!) to send this first card for a fish swap, but then I just couldn't do it. I made the card maybe two years ago while visiting my North Carolina friends, and at the time it seemed to be an "okay" card. When I revisited it yesterday, though, I had to admit to myself that despite all the time I spent coloring with pencils that it wasn't my best work by today's standards. This card was, indeed, a fixer-upper.
Sooooo..... I pulled all the elements off the Almost Amethyst card base, and the first thing I did was add highlights with my ultra spiffy Sakura Stardust fine glitter pen. To brighten up the color and add a watery effect, I patted each of the images with a VersaMark pad and then coated them with clear embossing powder -- just one layer, as I didn't want to end up with a cracked glass effect. I put away my Stickles and went instead with a background wheel (Spot On) to give the effect of underwater bubbles.
Given more time to play with this, no telling how much better the card could be, but I need to move on since I've been commissioned to make some anniversary cards for someone who has been very patient through all my health adventures recently.