Monday 1 August 2011

The Ocean ATC

This is an ATC for the Stamp Man ATC swap and the theme for August is The Ocean.

I created this by colouring the card with watercolour pencils and giving it a wash. Over that I used distress inks and some sequin waste to create some 'bubble' effects. Over the top of that layer I brushed some gesso to give it a more cloudy and watery feel to it then at the bottom I pooled some green, white and blue inks and blew them with a straw to create an organic shape to be my seaweed. I used a sakura glaze pen to give it some highlights and shadow. The stamps are all from Crafty Individuals and the little seahorse was stamped and pieced onto the ATC. I added some real little shells.

Supplies -
Watercolour pencils.
DIs - faded jeans, chipped sapphire, vintage photo and walnut stain.
White drawing ink
Blue and green inks.

Well we are now into August so I hope you have a lovely holiday if you are away this month.

Take care.

luv and hugs {brenda] xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Take a word - Song - Swallowed in the Sea by Coldplay
Come and Get It - Anything goes
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Use any creature
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Under the sea
Paper Cutz - Under the sea
By the Cute and Girly - The Sea
Alter It Monthly - The Ocean



Kathyk said...

It's the little extra touches that make your work so special B.

Happy Monday


coldwaters2 said...

This is wonderful Brenda the colours are beautiful so is the Seahorse the added little shells finish this off perfectly.
Lorraine x

Margreet said...

Lovely ATC, Brenda....your seahorse and shelves are so pretty!
xxx Margreet

Fliss said...

A fabulous creation Brenda. Love all the different textures and the shell decorations.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous Brenda, love the background especially, it's fabulous xxx

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Brenda...and so is your colouring hun...

hugs Vicky xx

Suze Bain said...

This is so lovely. Fabulous seaweed and sentiment and I love the seahorse. xx


This is a fabulous ATC Brenda - I love Seahorses - there's something quite magical about them. Your colouring is fab. as always, and I love the sentiment.
Hugs, Sylvia xxx
PS: Loving your new profile pic BTW! Have a great week!

Zoechaos said...

Loving Blues and greens makes this appealing without an effort. The images are just perfect for an Ocean theme, enjoying the sunshine? When do you go away? XOXO Zoe

Lisa Jane said...

oh this is delightful.. love the seahorse and the little shells we have a sea theme at By the cute and girly
Lisa x

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda...I love the sequine effect, and those colours really do give it an undersea feel. I will check out Crafty Individuals - love the sentiment
Dot x

Gerri Herbst said...

dear Brenda,
this is stunning! Incredible coloring and cute seahorse image.Great project today, my dear. gerri

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Brenda--This is so totally gorgeous!!!

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous Brenda, what a great details and colours.

Gina said...

Love this!! :D XXX

Terry said...

Brenda, this is a beautiful and detailed ATC! Love the ocean scene and those shells are a lovely embellishment! Hugs!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Just a beautiful ATC, love the maritim theme.

Gem said...

a beautiful ATC Brenda, I love the inclusion of the real shells, just the perfect touch :) x

Berry said...

Fabulous work Brenda love the shells and seahorse hugs Rebekah xx

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Brenda! So much detail and love all the textures and colours! Great sentiment too!
Hugs Sue xx

Teresa Kline said...

wow, such a great card, so many wonderful details...hope your week is fantastic!

enjoy *~*

Zuzu's Blog said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely trading card with us at Alter It Monthly Brenda :)

Jennifer Grace said...

The seahorse is so delicate and lovely. It's a beautiful card. x