Monday, April 11, 2016

Nothing but Blue Skies

My dad's birthday is coming up soon.  He's a former Texas and Colorado boy who moved to Washington State because it's where my mother lived.  When I was growing up, he often talked about how difficult it was to adjust to the rain.  I didn't get it until moving to Colorado and Oklahoma where the amount of unending sunshine gets a little monotonous.  I thought I'd wish him "Blue Skies" since, in truth, he probably won't get them.  It's a nice sentiment anyway.

This card is going into this week's Freshly Made Sketches and Color My Heart challenges.

The sandcastle is an old, wood-mounted image from CTMH stamped in Sapphire pigment ink and embossed with clear powder.  I then watercolored using dye ink in Flaxen, Glacier, and Pomegranate by squeezing the lid into the pad and picking up color with a wet brush. Once the main image was colored, I covered it with a piece of scratch paper and flicked watered down Sapphire dye ink over the top.

I used CTMH Regatta paper for both the patterned papers and the sentiment. I folded down the edges of the banner and mounted the center on foam tape to give it extra dimension. Plain Pomegranate cardstock edges both sides. 

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Until next time,


  1. I'm loving all the different ways to use this nautical design paper other than just nautical. Love the whimsical look of your card and the ink splattering on the background. Thanks again for sharing your design with ColorMyHeart Color Dare, and see you next week for another great color combination.

  2. The pop of red and the coloring of the sandcastle is perfect! I always forget to use the lid of my inks for coloring and I absolutely love how this all came together!

  3. LOVE your thought process to get to the perfect card for your dad. The colors fabulous - I love the sand and blue colors with the bright pops of red!! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. Great card, Becca! I love the beautiful scene you have created. I'm glad to see that old wood stamp being loved (used) again. Thanks for reminding me to take mine out again sometime soon. Thanks also for explaining how you got the tiny dots on the card background without it spilling onto the sand castle. This is yet another gorgeous Becca creation!
    :) Marie

  5. Becca, this is such a beautiful card that you made for your Dad! Happy Birthday to him too! Thanks for joining us this week at Color Dare.


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