My mom loves all things pirate. Always has. She loves swashbuckling flicks, the garb, the speech, and of course, those handsome pirates (of course Mr. Depp and Mr. Bloom are her faves!!!). So when I got this Sweet Pea Stamps image (named (Unregrettable Pirate Life…which is on sale right now!), I just knew I had to use it for her Birthday card. I must give a huge “Thank you!” to my bitchin’ friend Danielle, because she gave me this lovely stamp. You may recognize it… I used it in my Burtonesque Dolls/S&S Watercolor Challenge last week. Click HERE to see that post. You’ll see that I have colored this version of my pirate quite differently this time around. She’s a bit faded here… I have a picture with truer coloring down below. But, you can see the awesome shimmer on my copper faux taffeta paper! Here’s a close up of the pirate. I colored her only with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Yup. That’s it! 4 colors! I used Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, and Tattered Rose. I applied the colors with Ranger’s Cut-N-Dry nibs (LOVE those!). No water, no blending solution. Nada. I stamped her on cream paper using my Chestnut Roan ink from Color Box (my fave color from them!), and then applied the Distress Inks. It came together quickly and I am thrilled with the end result. It has a vintage feel to it… as if it’s a photo taken with sepia tones. But the touches of greyish-blue and rose and some interest. This is a crummy photo, but it shows the colors a bit better. Please click on any of the images to see them bigger. I added the swirls in the background with my Crafter’s Workshop stencils (I did say I was suddenly obsessed with them in my last post, didn’t I?). And, I used my usual wacky mix of paper scraps. But I think it’s actually pretty elegant looking. Perfect for my Scallywag Mommy! I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge for this week. It’s to make a pirate card! Perfect! Have an inspiring day!!!