adventure awaits!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  I don’t generally post so late in the day but since I had been working on this card since yesterday morning, I thought I’d go ahead and post it.  I’ve been wanting to ink up my new Newton’s Nook stamps, Message in a Bottle.  Love it and the coordinating dies.
cardstock:  bazzil marshmallow  paper:  carta bella/ahoy there, crate paper/poolside  stamps:  newtons nook/message in a bottle ink:  ranger archival black  other:  kuretake gansai tambi, newton’s nook/message in a bottle dies, dcwv cork

I finally remembered to order some Bazzill Marshmallow from Ellen.  It’s one of the many tips I learned from taking a Julie Ebersole class at Impress.  You can gently watercolor on it…all the coloring you see was done ala my Kuretake Gansai Tambi!  I super love those watercolors and they’ve become my all-time go-to coloring media…yet again, thanks to Julie!

My paper is a combo of Carta Bella and Crate Paper.  I used some Gansai Tambi on the horizontal panel to add a little interest and to highlight the stamped anchor and sentiment.

Do you see that fun octo?  I messily colored her with the Gansai Tambi and finished her off with my $ spot chalk marker…added a couple polkas and filled in the ‘suction cups’.

My card was inspired by the clean & simple version of retro sketches:

Today’s my day off, we have dental appointments in the afternoon but this morning is dedicated to crafting and prepping for the bridal shower on Saturday.

26 thoughts on “adventure awaits!”

  1. And it was an awesome card for me to see! Love it! I am so into the nautical right now!

  2. Love love love love this! LOVING the ship in the bottle and the fun octopus on top!!!!!!!

  3. Ohhhh!! Love the watercolor-especially on the octopus!! I also like how you used the patterned paper on this. Every element is perfect on this card!!

  4. I love this!! I love anything nautical too…but haven't made a card yet with that theme! LOL

  5. This is SOOOOOO AMAZING!! Love the watercoloing! (I can't believe you didn't use watercolor paper! Rebel!) 😛
    You totally rocked this set!! Incredible!

  6. Awesome nautical card, Amy! Thank you so much for playing along with us as Retro Sketches!

  7. A message in a bottle, an octopus and a whole lot of creativity makes for one fabulous card! Such fun!

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