Yesterday I decided to use my stamped and die-cut images from the Sailing Home Stamp Set which I’d created but not used. I can’t remember why I decided to stamp these images in black rather than my usual Night of Navy, but whatever it was I thought it was a good idea at the time! It has been a challenge to use black and white images to create a card, and not surprisingly the first card ended up in the bin! Fortunately, the second time was more successful!
My card is made up of a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) card base, with a layer of Basic Black CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. After I had played around with different layouts I could have with my four images – one lighthouse, one small yacht, one larger yacht and a compass – I knew I wanted my card to be landscape. I dry embossed the top layer using the 3D High Seas Embossing Folder and adhered the two layers on to the card base.
Using Dimensionals I adhered the lighthouse to the right-hand side of the card front, and then I adhered the larger yacht to the left-hand side placing it more or less in a straight line with the base of the lighthouse. I placed Dimensionals on the back of the smaller yacht and tucked the left-hand side under the sail on the other yacht. I deliberately didn’t put any Dimensionals on the single rope (mainstay?) going up on the right-hand side of the boat so this would be possible.
When I was making this card I updated my book with stamped birthday sentiments and which stamp sets they come from. I now have a nice selection without having to go through all my stamp sets again. I chose to use BIRTHDAY CHEERS ALL ROUND which is a sentiment I haven’t used before and is from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. I have only recorded about twelve basic sentiments in my book but there are hundreds more!
To die-cut the sentiment I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, die no 2 of the slim group of dies. I also write the name of the die I’ve used in my notebook by the sentiment so I can go straight for it! I used Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the top of the card front. When I reached this point, I came to a standstill and I wasn’t sure what to do. I liked my card but it looked rather bland, clinical even!
The first embellishment I tried was the ship’s steering wheel from the Sail Away Trinkets – I liked how it went with Birthday cheers all around. The wheel didn’t look quite right so I went through all my rhinestones, pearls and other gems. Eventually, I found my Designer’s Elements and added one silver one each end of the sentiment. I don’t think they say “all-around” as the wheel but they do fit in.
My card still needed something and I remember a Christmas card I made which was all black and white except for a red front door. I decided to use my retired Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen so I had light at the top of the lighthouse! Then I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen over the rest of the lighthouse, the yachts and the sails. These small touches made so much difference!
Inside the card, I adhered a layer of Basic Black CS and a layer of Whisper White CS. The last black and white stamped and die-cut image I had left was the compass. I used some Tombow to adhere it in the bottom right-hand corner. My final touch to the inside of my card was to paint the “hands” of the compass using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
As always your feedback will be appreciated. That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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