Tuesday 13 July 2021

Pinky Inky Octopus

Hi everyone.  I made this card for hubby's birthday, which was a couple of days ago, using a new set of stamps I bought called Pinky Inky Octopus from Pink Ink Designs and I hoped he would like it as I think this image is a bit quirky and fun.

I started by cutting the piece of card to fit the image which is big but will just fit on a 7" x 5" card if you cut off the top and bottom-most tentacles - no octopuses were harmed in the making of this  As I didn't have to post it I made the finished card a bit bigger using an 8" square card cut down a little and with obviously quite a bit off the side to make it the right scale.

I used three inks for the background - Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow Ink.  I brayered them on to the card starting with the two blues and then dipped my fingers into some water and made a dotty pattern at the bottom working my fingers up the page to leave little dots of ink, and I then lifted the wet ink with a piece of kitchen towel, and then brayered the yellow over the top taking it to the top again fading out.  I cannot lay claim to this look as I saw Tracey of Lavinia Stamps do this on a video here.  Finally I added a few more splatters using water with a fan brush, a tip I got from watching some videos, and the fan brush distributes it a bit more evenly making it less likely to blob. 

I then stamped the octopus using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and coloured it using the same colours and a waterbrush, with the addition of some Ripe Persimmon.

To finish I added the shoal of fish in a couple of places stamping with the Blueprint Sketch and coloured with a waterbrush and the other blue and yellow, and added the sentiment using the Nocturne ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  I decided to blend some more of the inks around the edges of the top half of the card to define them, and  then added it to the card.  I couldn't decide whether to use some Glossy Accents but after some (dithering) thought, I

Hubby really loved the card which was great.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - No. 28 Using our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge - No. 409 Any Occasion.
Allsorts Challenge - Week 632 Masculine.


Ellen said...

Very beautiful!

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

A fabulous card Pat and your colouring is absolutely superb! I bought a fan brush for making splatters and I have to say that it works a treat. I can see why your Hubby loved his card and I love it too x

brenda said...

It's a really super card Pat, I am sure hubby loved it and agree it has a real quirky edge to it. A super background as well with a perfect Ocean feel with the flicks with the fan brush, I love that brush, it's also perfect for adding 'grass' to the bottom of a scene to help ground the images. Then the little fishes across the top finish complete the Ocean feel.

Lovely to see you at our Masculine theme at Allsorts this week, thank you so much for joining in.

B x

Aquarius said...

What a super quirky octopus which is beautifully coloured on the interesting background. I like watching Lavinia videos and will certainly check this one out so thanks for the link. not surprised your husband liked the card - certainly couldn't buy one like it could you??

cuilliesocks said...

What a wonderful card Pat, I love the image and have this one myself. Your ocean colours are fabulous and with your brilliant stamping you've created a fantastic scene. Of course your Husband loved it, why wouldn't he!!, Kate x

Wendy L said...

Superb card, wonderful ink work, thanks for joining us at the Allsorts challenge

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Pat I love this card that image is fantastic I also love the colours you have used thank you for joining our challenge at ALLSORTS this week
lolo x

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Pat. I love that quirky octopus. Wishing your hubby a belated happy birthday. Hope he enjoyed his day. xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

looks amazing
xx Karen

Mac Mable said...

What a fabulous background Pat and I love how you did it with the brayering and 'finger dots' x. The octopus is wonderful and I love the addition of the shoals of fish. No wonder DH loved the card, as it is amazing Pat x.

Loll said...

LOVE that octopus!! Fantastic image and beautifully coloured Pat. And that background is amazing. What a great way to create ocean water! I will have to try that! Of course your hubby loved the card! It's amazing! xx

Lindsey said...

Fun birthday card and terrific colouring! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Ros Crawford said...

That's amazing!! The background it terrific and so smooth.. I'm in awe of this one Pat!

Susan Renshaw said...

What a super octopus!
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Sally H said...

What a stunning card, Pat! I love the colour combo in the background - it is perfect for the octopus! Hope your Hubby had a lovely Birthday x