My biggest problem in making cards for the men in my family is color. It seems that on days like today when I'm looking for inspiration there is no color. I wanted a masculine card that had color and I wasn't finding what I didn't know I wanted. You know how that goes. You're looking for something to jump start your creativity but don't know what you're looking for.
I decided to try a reflective technique. I wish you could see it better in the photo. in real life it looks just right.
I stamped the ship in Memento black and then stamped it again on the plastic sheet of my stamp a ma jig in a blue green ink and before it dried, flipped in over and pressed it onto the cardstock with my finger tips. It looked a little too crisp until I added the ocean colors. I added some water color first and then, with an inking tool off my desk that had some blue green ink, without re-inking it. I added some color to the sky the same way.
I added more color with copic markers; reds on the white parts and greys on the black parts.
I added the world map stamp on top with a light grey ink that I stamped off first. I matted the stamped image on a piece grey card stock also stamped with the map set. Then added them both on a red card front.