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.

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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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