Hi there stampers!  I am writing to you from the beach and it is going to be a gorgeous weekend here.     We decided to take another beach trip with friends and take of advantage of the great weather before it gets unbearable hot.

I have the perfect card for you today that goes along with my beach theme for the weekend.  I played along with the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #451 and the sketch for this week is a simple layout. 

I decided to try out ink blending for the first time because I wanted to create an ocean and sky blended piece.  I used several blue colors of distress inks and blended them in an ombre style on a piece of watercolor paper.  I wasn’t sure if this would turn out since it was my first go at doing this technique but I have to say I really like how the piece turned out.  I think I got the colors blended enough that you can’t see any sharp lines from the blending tool.  I really had fun with this technique and plan to do more cards with ink blending.
After ink blending the blue background, I then added some water splatters to give the piece that distressed look.  I then add some yellow distress ink on another piece of watercolor paper and again applied ink splatters to pick up some of the color.  I cut out the yellow piece using the Swirly Scribbles die that made the perfect sun for my card.  I then cut out the blue piece with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and also cut out a piece of thick whisper white cardstock for the base of my card using a larger stitched rectangle die.
Using the same color distress inks, I added some splatters to the white base with a stamp from the coordinating stamp set called Swirly Birds.  Using that same set, I stamped the boat with more distress inks and fussy cut it out.  
To make the waves, I used the long wave shaped die from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut a piece of vellum which added to the ocean scene on my card.  After everything was cut out and stamped, I adhered everything to my card base.  The card base was then adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from thick whisper white.
The hello sentiment is from the stamp set Thankful Banners and was stamped onto a piece of black cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed in white to give that trendy label look.  And that finishes the card for the challenge.  
What are you weekend plans?  I have another card I prepared to share while I was away from my stamp room so check back tomorrow.  Coming next week, my shipment of new goodies from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog arrives on Monday and I plan to do a haul video along with a catalog review video that will include a giveaway.  Yup, I said a giveaway so stayed turned and keep checking back.  🙂

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