Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer in Wisconsin

Hi All,
Summer is upon us in Wisconsin with heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.  When it is hot and humid one of the best places to be is on the water, relaxing in boat.
I used my Ranger Ink Blending Tool to color the watercolor paper with Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  I tried to make a mist-like feel where the water met the horizon.  Then I covered the water in Clear Rock Candy Stickles (bottle) using the brush in the cover.  It was so easy to spread!  I love the subtle glittery effect, but the picture doesn't do it justice.  I shot the close up photo from a different angle and the color is distorted, but you can see the Rock Candy Stickles.

After looking at the {Pin}spirational picture I knew which stamp to use.  The stamp of the woman in a boat is from Stampin' Up.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I colored the Stampin' Up Summer by the Sea woman stamp (retired) with Copic Markers trying to match colors in the June Color Palette.  I think I was able to use my Copics and get pretty close to the Distress ink colors of Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, and Aged Mahogany.
I'm entering this tag in a few challenges:                                    

Tuesday Throwdown #153-Glitz and Glimmer

A Blog Named Hero-Challenge #26-Tags

{Pin}spirational Challenge #63

Creative Card Crew-Challenge #39-No Patterned Paper

Crafting By Designs Challenge-Anything Goes

Amusing Challenge-Water Fun!

MarkerPOP! Challenge-#25 Summer Fun

Color Me Creative #71-Colors of Summer 

The Octopode Factory Challenge-Sunshine On a Rainy Day


  1. Like your tag, but you know how much I like tags! I like how it's all blue but you can tell the sky and the water. Yes, summer has hit Wisconsin.
    Vicky Briggs

  2. Love the richness of your sponging - you've really captured the feeling of the inspiration photo! Thanks so much for joining us at A Blog Named Hero!

  3. What a great tag. Totally love the great image and how you have colored it. Really stunning.

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

  4. Fabulous tag! I love the colours you've used.

    Thanks for playing along in our "no designer papers" challenge at Creative Card Crew!

    ~ Crystal (DT)

  5. Stunning tag, love your image.Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew in our no designer paper challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

  6. Gorgeous sparkle on the water and the misty line between water and sky is perfect, Karen! We're so honored that you chose to play along in our "Glitz and Glimmer" challenge this week at Tuesday Throwdown. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  7. oooh, this is just so lovely, I can feel my feet in the water...just relaxing!
    Great tag!

    Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Crafting by Designs!
    Do join us again!
    Crafting By Designs DT

  8. A beautifully blended back ground. I love it as a whole,very tranquile and somehow emotive.Thanks for joining us at the Octopode Factory

  9. Absolutely amazing work. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Card Crew! Yvonne

  10. What a sweet tag!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper