Hand Stamped Sentiments Theme Challenge #15

Today's challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a Graduation Theme Challenge. 

Whenever I start a card I try to have someone in mind while I'm creating it. When I sat down to make this card I was really stumped. A) I didn't have any graduation stamps i.e. tassels, mortarboards, scrolls, etc. and B) even if I did have those I don't know anyone graduating. 
Then I thought of a certain special little boy who is graduating from pre-school soon.  I'm always making cards for other people so I was excited to get to make this for my own son.

For this card I started by typing the sentiments in a word document and printing it out on Bordering Blue card stock (for the front) and Whisper White card stock (for the inside). The Bordering Blue card stock was cut and sponged with Not Quite Navy ink using a Sponge Dauber in circular motions. To create the waves I used the 1/2" circle punch. These two pieces were attached to a Whisper White card stock base with SNAIL adhesive.  

(Here's a peek at the inside)

The fish were stamped from the Something Sweet set in Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Old Olive and More Mustard classic ink. They were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. Before that though I sponged the background with Not Quite Navy using Sponge Daubers and then stamped the bubbles using a stamp from A Good Egg set in Night of Navy

The last step was to take the 1" circle punch and punch through the bottom of the card. Then I stamped the bubbles on the inside of the card 

and attached a More Mustard fish with Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope today's card shows how you can think outside the box when it comes to these challenges. We'd love for you to join us. Stop by to see the other designers' creations here and here. And as always...

Paper: Whisper White card stock {100730}, Bordering Blue card stock {102630}
Stamps: Something Sweet {18589}, A Good Egg {114974}
Ink: Not Quite Navy {103008}, Night of Navy {102977} Ruby Red {102259}, Old Olive {102277}, More Mustard {103162}
Tools: 1" Circle Punch {109046}, 1/2" Circle Punch {104390}, Sponge Daubers {102892}, Paper Snips {103579}, SNAIL Adhesive {104332}
Embellishments: Stampin' Dimensionals {104430}

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