Here is my card. I decided to make it a retirement card because a lot of us feel like sailing off into the sunset when our full time jobs are finally behind us. Wouldn't it be lovely just to sail the open seas without a care in the world?
I added ink in several ways. First of all the background which was created by dropping reinkers onto wet watercolor paper and letting the colors run. Before the ink dried I added a bit of coarse sea salt creating the design in the background that almost looks like fireworks going off.
The second way was stamping the image using Black Stazon ink and embossing with clear embossing powder. The focal image was then distressed by inking the edges with Early Espresso ink. Actually all the edges of the various card elements were distressed with Early Espresso ink.
Here is a close up of the focal image showing the reinker created background.
Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Reinkers (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pacific Point), Black Stazon, Early Espresso
Papers: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Retired SU designer paper, Watercolor paper
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Hodgepodge hardware (vanilla), 1" circle punch, Word Window Punch, Oval Punch, 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Now here is the sketch: