This is another challenge entry, this time for Country View Challenges blog and the theme is 'Inspired by Bottles'. http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/. I decided to make a wall hanging to go in my craft room, but I think this design would work well as a card too. I have used stamps from Sheena Douglass' 'A Little Bit Magical' collection, and a bubble stamp from Claritystamps. I have used various Distress Inks to colour, and black Versafine for stamping. I have also used some small glass jars/bottles, die cut letters, glitter and cardstock from my stash. I started by making the central panel, which I wanted to represent the sea into which a message in a bottle might be thrown. I blended some blue, turquoise and green DI's onto a piece of white card. I then created a faux bleach effect by dropping water onto the panel and blotting with tissue. Next I stamped some bubbles with blue DI in first and second generation ink, and glazed some of them with Glossy Accents to create some texture. When that was dry I added a compass image by inking through a stencil. Next I took another piece of white card and stamped bottles around the edges. Using several colours of DI's I painted the bottles, then blended ink around the very edges to age the panel. I matted the focal panel onto dark card then layered it onto the background panel. I die cut some letters from black card to read 'hello', then added gilding wax and polished them. I attached them inside the bottles with PVA glue and sprinkled glitter into the jars to cover the glue. On another piece of white card I blended a light ink to make it look like old paper. I then wrote on the paper in a scrawly script to make it appear old. I tore the card into tiny sections and inked the edges of each piece. I curled each piece around a paint brush to shape it, then placed them in the bottles and attached them to the glass behind the letters. When everything was dry I tied bakers twine around the necks of each jar, and attached them to the card with red double sided tape. I love this design, and as a card I think it would work for male or female and many occasions.