I was back in my space recently making a birthday card for a clipper ship fan in my life. I had no clipper ship anything in my stash so I decided to try drawing one. I am not the best drawer and there are some technical mistakes to the piece but, heck, I am pleased with how this came out. Here is my “cheatsy” tip for you today: find a piece of clip art online and use it as a visual guide for drawing! That is just what I did. It helped me get some clearer proportions and better graphic detail.
cardstock: Stampin’ Up, X-Press It Blending Card
stamps: Technique Tuesday
inks: Ranger, Tsukineko
glimmer spray: Tattered Angels
embossing powder: Stampin’ Up
pen: American Crafts
clip art inspiration: http://www.clker.com/clipart-galleon-sail-ship.html
Before I began I cut my card layer, sprayed with different colors of glimmer mist and inked the edges. I added travel themed stamps with versamark and clear embossing powder. I then gave depth to the stamps with more ink. Once that I was done I went to work with my drawing. I used a 03 American Crafts pigment pen to sketch out the image. I then went back and darkened my lines and colored in with Copic markers. I inked in more blue around the waves. I used my Signo Uniball white pen to add some detail to the water and the sails. The edges were frayed and it was ready to go on the card. On the card based I inked more of the blue and brown. I added a scrip text stamp in a very light inking to add some textural and mood detail both inside and out. Remember you are not just sending a card you are sending a feeling captured on paper. The more detail you add, the more you capture that feeling.