The background was made with a couple of blue Distress inks, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch. I used an old plastic card, both the edge and flat to swipe the watery ink across the card in a fairly random fashion and is a very quick way of getting a background, and the inks blended together nicely. I then stamped the images using Versafine Smokey Gray ink, first the wooden pier then the seagull on the top, and coloured with more Distress Inks using a waterbrush, including Brushed Corduroy on the wood and some Peeled Paint into the water for shadows, and Hickory Smoke on the seagull's wings. I added some white gel pen to the face and breast feathers and then painted in a horizon line and the distant hills for background interest using the same colours. I finished by adding the sentiment using Versafine Majestic Blue ink and die cut with a stitched square die from The Works and backed with some dark blue card before adding it to a 6" square white base card.
The anniversary card was made using a set of Flamingos by Sheena Douglass using the foliage and the sentiment too.
I stamped the main image and foliage using Hickory Smoke DI and then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I coloured using Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Picked Raspberry and Adirondack Pink Sherbet. I then die cut it using a Crealies set of Pierced Rectangles and added the foliage at the top and agained coloured with DI's. I decided to add the sky with the heart shape behind the birds obviously keeping the inside of the heart white, and finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I did add a bit of Black Micron Pen around some parts of the image as the Hickory Smoke looked a bit too pale and some of the lines were not very distinct.
I was happy with the seagull seascape, but wasn't too sure about the flamingos which didn't work quite as well as I hoped, and Hubby did like them both, but when pressed he did say the seascape was his favourite which I suspected would be the case.
Thanks for your visit today and I hope to see you again soon.