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Thank you Phillipa Nefri Clark: seahorse card

Well done to Phillipa Nefri Clark, who contributed to the Authors For Fireys fundraiser in January 2020. Emily Gale and Nova Wheetman organised this mammoth undertaking. They raised $513,149 to support firefighters and to help Australia’s bushfire survivors. This seahorse is a ‘thank you’ card for Phillipa.

The entire list of original Authors For Fireys series of interviews and guest blogs are here. The ‘thank you’ posts, each of which include my cardmaking efforts, are here.

Phillipa appeared as a guest blogger on Dark Matter Zine back in January so, several months ago, I sent her a thank you card.

Yeah, I know, I should have finished this series ages ago. In my defense, I got ahead by months, then around the time the scheduled posts ran out, I moved into a fridge – a slightly larger apartment with a faulty heater, oven, cooktop and dishwasher AND the storage cage leaks, all for a premium rental price. I’m still picking up the pieces of my life and hoping the real estate agent won’t succeed in making me homeless before my house is ready to move in. Fun times.

Anyhoo, I’m trying really hard to get back into the groove and not focus TOO much on the third Tribunal conference that is later this month. Hence this post making it out of ‘drafts’ and onto DMZ proper.

About the card

seahorse thank you card

This card was a combination of a few different things. When really stressed and crafting to relax, I make “bits” of cards. This card is composed of these “bits”. The background is cardstock I sprayed with water then ran through my Sizzix Big Shot in a Royal Damask embossing folder twice to get the texture.

When I came to make the card I decided plain blue cardstock was boooring, so I used a blending tool and some Distress Oxide Inks (I forget which but Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean are likely contenders) to add some color.

The cute quasi seahorse creature I stamped and colored in LAST YEAR during the bushfires. I can’t remember if I was using my limited Sizzix alcohol markers or if I had some Copic markers by this stage and you can betcha I’ve forgotten the specific colors I used. I’m pretty sure I followed Kelly Latevola’s usual practice of tracing over the stamped image and running a black marker around the edges of the fussy-cut (hand-cut) creature.

I may have flicked spots of water on the card to pick up some of the paint and/or splashed some silvery Perfect Pearls around, I can’t tell from the photo now.

The Big Shot and a Tim Holtz die cut the “thank you” sentiment. I printed the “Authors For Fireys” and cut that out separately.

Those 3-D bubbles are blobs of … um… possibly Nuovo Crystal Drops because Glossy Accents dries flatter than that.

Then I glued it all together and put the blue cardstock onto a card. Those rounded corners are courtesy of a corner-chomper. Finished!

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past few years, whether it’s by moral support online or just taking a peek at the website. Every visitor counts. Without you visiting, I wouldn’t be motivated to keep on going. So thank you for visiting and especially thank you for reading this far.


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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