Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy Birthday on the Open Seas

My dad's birthday is the same weekend as Father's Day, so I had to make something special. He can be quite difficult but I'd seen this card on Carolyn King's blog, and knew I had to CASE it. I don't think I've ever spent this much time and effort on a card, but it was totally worth it!

First I stamped the map and anchor images from "Open Seas" onto a Crumb Cake envelope in Baked Brown Sugar (one of the new In Colours). I also sponged the edges of the envelope (you can't see it, but I sponged the flap on the back and stamped it with the compass image too). I used Early Espresso and the new "ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers" to stamp my dad's name onto the envelope too. I LOVE how easy it is to use these letters to spell something out. I have yet to try them out with the matching outlines, but that's coming up soon!

After the envelope was done, I cut three pieces of Early Espresso Coredinations (which is now available in all colours), sanded them with a Stampin' Sanding block and then sponged them with some more Baked Brown Sugar. I also sponged my pieces of crumb cake after using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on one and stamping the ships log image on another. 

The map was stamped off and then stamped on another piece of Crumb Cake that I cut out with a circle tool (I could have just as easily used the Circle Framelits, but didn't have them with me). Everything got it's edges sponged! 

The sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla (it's from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my most used sets). Then  I layered by punching the Word Window and then the Modern Label (more Coredinations!). 

I stamped the ship in Baked Brown Sugar on Very Vanilla and then fussy cut it out. 

I used some retired hemp string to tie a knot (instructions here). My dad's big into knots, so it had to be perfect! I attached the knot to the two pieces I layered, then used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up over the other layers.

The circles got popped up, then the ship on top of that. I used the fabulous new Candy Dots in Very Vanilla as accents on the 'port hole' circles and sentiment as a finishing touch and the front was done!

I kept the inside relatively simple, all the stamping was done in Baked Brown Sugar, and both layers were sponged. I stamped off the compass image before stamping it, but the anchor was at full strength.

There you have it! All the supplies I mentioned above (except the string, but linen thread would be similar) are available for purchase through my online store.

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