Men, Boys~ Masculine Theme Challenge

Hello again, we have a new Challenge up at Come and Get It

I have been experimenting with colors when I created this card .....and why you asked?  For the fun of it!!

I pulled out my newest Tim Holtz Book Compendium of Curiosities Volume II, So playing with ink daubers and water after embossing one of my favorite sea side images, I kind of sort of  followed the "Blended Stains" on page 45 of the book.
1. Emboss image
2. Water surface completely
3. Apply inks in various colors
4. While drying with heat gun, spritz water to get mottled effect

Well I had fun creating this wonderful effect for the sky and background and I'm hooked and ready to delve into more of my book and experiment with a little help from Timmy!  

Travel Stories for "Just keep on Creating" reminds me of the time that I moved myself, 2 young boys and a half grown rottweiler puppy to Alaska over 20 odd years ago!   We spent 2 days traveling on the Marine Highway Ferry seeing lots of villages that would of looked exactly like the card I made today........hence it being one of my favorite images to stamp out. 

I'd like to share with these challenges:
Aud Sentimenst~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmaker~ For the Boys/Male Theme
Creative Crafts~ Anything Goes
Totally Stampalicious~ Masculine
Just keep on Creating~ Anything Goes/ Travel Stories
Scrap-Creations~ It's a Boy thing!
Cute Card Thursday~ One for the Boys!

Thanks for dropping by this week!


  1. Great card Shell. Love how you did that.

  2. oh this card totally reminds me Greek islands!! great Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

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  3. I just loved the look of the background. It is so pretty and very subtle.

  4. Great use of colours Shell. Very beautiful card.

  5. hi Shell,

    I just love this card, so serene and beautiful. I love the way you have blended the colours in the background.

    Thanks so much for sharing your travel story as well. I have always wanted to visit Alaska, by all accounts it sounds like an amazing place.

    I hope you will continue to play along at Anything goes, Just keep on creating :)

  6. Love your card Shell, the watercoloring looks fantastic and the colours are all blend so well. I have not heard of this book, I will have to try and find it! Regards Meighan

  7. This is absolutely STUNNING. LOVE the technique you used--it's gorgeous!!! Thanks for joining us at CCM! :)

  8. Such a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us in this weeks "lets hear it for the boys" challenge at going Grey with Scrap-Creations

  9. I TOTALLY LOVE this card! I read how you achieved the mottled effect, and might have to give it a try if I get adventurous! Gorgeous!


  10. Wow what a fabulous card, I love the technique you've used it looks amazing and it's a perfect male card.

    I'll have to check out The Holtz's new book!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Carfty Cardmakers.


  11. Just beautiful, looks like a piece of artwork! Thank-you for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments! {Hugs} Barb


Thanks for your wonderful comments as I love hearing from you! Shell♥

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