I’m always needing masculine birthday cards for my husband’s fellow workers. Fishing is a hobby that a number of them enjoy, so I found some black and white fish in the Just Add Color Designer Specialty Paper.


The fish would be my three shapes in the Less Is More challenge.


 I fussy cut the fish, and then used the Aqua Painter to watercolor them using a couple colors each. This paper is extra thick, and held up nicely with the watercoloring.

The top fish is Delightful Daffodil and Pumpkin Pie, the middle fish is Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist, and the bottom fish is Real Red, Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum.

Now, this might sound crazy, because fish are supposed to stay wet, but you need to let them dry out before adhering them to the card base. I used dimensionals, so they could swim freely in their “Ruffled” embossed ocean.

I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Lemon Zest stamp set before embossing the Thick Whisper White card front with the Ruffled folder. I think the fish are perfectly happy on this card without any layers.


No wonder adult coloring is on the rise. It’s so much fun! Thank you Less Is More for the inspiration!