I, like almost everyone I know, have been inspired by the cards that Michells Zindorf is blogging. *side note, she has a tutorial EVERY DAY. How is she doing that? I'm gobsmacked, she's my hero* I especially love what I'm calling "The Zindorf Technique" where you stamp, color, cover with versamark pen and clear embossing, then brayer or sponge over for a background, leaving your embossed part clean. I'm sure it's been done, everything seems to have been done, but I think we can all agree that Michelle is taking it to an artform.
That is what moved me to make this card. I used The Zindorf Technique for the background fill in. I watercolored the images with watercolor pencils. I tells you, I jump on EVERY coloring bandwagon, I'm a big fan of coloring. But I keep coming back to watercolor pencils, which were my first coloring method. Love them! Anyhow watercolored them with watercolor pencils, then clear embossed over them. Next I brayered a ton of cool caribbean SU ink over the background. *My CC inkpad, my only SU inkpad, is dipping in the middle... you know what I mean? I won't buy any more SU inkpads, it's frustrating.* Then I sponged some Turquoise Vivid! ink on the bottom and around each of the fishies. You can't really see it, but I also stamped the black background with a grid backgrounder. Oh and three little blings. And a phrase.
I'm REALLY happy! I think it gets the look I love from Michelle's blog.
The fish are a retired Stampin' Up! set, the phrase is by Gina K, and the backgrounder, which you can't see is Cornish Heritage Farms.