I decided to try a fun technique that Jennifer McGuire did a couple of weeks ago. The technique is called Offset Inking. You need a Stamparatus to do this technique but it is really easy to do. You stamp an image in any color you want (I used Seaside Spray). Then you move the cardstock up 1/8″ and stamp it again using Whisper White Craft Ink. It gives the images a little more dimension. I do have to say that I probably did it backwards and should have stamped the Whisper White image first and then the Seaside Spray but it still looks good.
Now believe it or not, I used the Birch Background stamp to make the background. I first tried this technique in a different colors and it looked a little bit like clouds so I changed it to Seaside Spray. Again, I lined up the Birch stamp on my Stamparatus, stamped it once in Seaside Spray ink on Seaside Spray cardstock and then moved it up 1/8″ and stamped it again in Whisper White Craft Ink. To make the water darker, I used the water stamp from the stamp set called High Tide. I stamped it numerous times over the birch images.
After I did the background I then stamped the sailboats in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I used a Seaside Spray Stampin Blends to color in-between the sails so it would blend in better with the water. I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock using So Saffron and Petal Pink in to make the sun and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies. I thought it looked softer than just cutting out a circle of cardstock. I stamped the seagulls in Memento Black ink. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn which is in the Holiday Catalog. I love that sentiment!