What an honor to do the 826 Valencia Holiday Card! To get things going, I looked at the past cards done by other illustrators and their various takes on Holidays, Pirate themes and the combination of these themes. I sketched a bunch and came up with the phrase ‘Happy Ahoylidays!’along with the pufferfish-led ship in a bottle full of presents concept. I lettered the words and ship and away we went. Ahoy!