Thursday, July 17, 2014


Ink up your boats, fish, shells and anything else nautical or beachy and join us in the IO challenge. You can find all the guidelines here on the IO blog. Share your new creation with us for a chance to win a $25 GC for the IO online store.

Check out what the girls created
Ellen Taylor~ off this week!
Karen Amidon~that's me!

"Wooden Ships on the Water"...Dating myself with a little Crosby Stills Nash~Lyrics! Ahhhh, the beauty of a ship and look at all the wonderful details this Ship image has by Gary Robertson. I stayed true to his drawing and colored only the image with Copics.

The card base is made with the heavy weight Neenah ivory paper. I've added 2 strips of the colored dp paper on it.

For my layers behind the image I matted the navy paper with the ivory Neenah that I have edged with a Krylon 18kt gold leafing pen. The red was torn and edged with E41 and 42. The blue and ivory ticking was made from the Cover-a-Card Ticking background stamp. I used the awesome Mega Mount curved acrylic block for stamping the image. I've embellished the card with a strip of muslin, jute rope and metal brads.

Thanks for looking!
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" John Shedd

  • Stamps: Impression Obsession- Ship G1956, Cover a Card Ticking CC126
  • Ink: Memento- Nautical Blue
  • Papers: Neenah- Ivory, Authentique- Abroad
  • Other: IO- Mega Mount, Copics, Krylon 18kt gold Leafing Pen, shaped die, foam tape, muslin, jute rope, brads 


  1. Love this card!!! The papers and rope are perfect with the ship image.

  2. What a gorgeous card! Love the image and colors.

  3. Wow, beautiful! Love the little touches of rope.

  4. WOW! well done, love the image and your bright colors. beautiful

  5. Karen, this is stunning! Love the touch of e gold and twine borders. Just beautiful!

  6. Wow! What a fabulous job you did with this ship card. All the embellishments are just perfect to along with this image...and wonderful coloring!

  7. The image is beautiful and what you did to enhance it with the embellishments is outstanding. I love the CAC ticking too! and that wonderful burlap material is the perfect add! Gary Roberts is wonderful and you really did his image justice!!

  8. I love the nautical scene. The IO borders are beautiful.