I started with manila cardstock adding color with Distress Stains, dried it, flicked it with water, and dried it. Stamped and embossed the fish (Studio 490 image) and also stamped an extra on copy paper to use as a mask. Masked the fish and stamped the larger seaweed. Removed the mask and continued to add stamping along the bottom. Used a water brush to add water to the inside of the fish and blotted out much of the color, dried it. Colored in the fish using the water brush and heirloom gold Perfect Pearls - doesn't it look fabulous!!!! It has that shimmer that fish have!!!! Used the ocmputer to print out the letters to spell 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY', punched them out with a 1/4" inch hole punch, glued them on and then added Glossy Accents over each circle and also some other smaller drops outside the circles. Matted it onto white and then a folded green card.