Monday, October 14, 2013

Voyage on the seven seas

Hello crafters! Monday morning and of course a new challenge at Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog, this week our challenge is Nautical Nonsense. This can be a lot of different things, anything that has to do with the sea, be inspired by the colours of the sea, sand texture, boats, sea creatures and more.

I made two cards, using a favourite ship stamp from Tim Holtz, stamping on both watercolour and glossy cardstock. I used two of the colouring techniques that I shared in this tutorial.

I love this large stamp and how it looks almost as if the boat is coming out of the card, great perspective. For the first card, I stamped the boat on the smooth side of Ranger's new watercolour cardstock, which is great for detailed stamps, or stamps that have a lot of solid areas like this one. If you stamp a stamp with large solid areas on the rough side of watercolour paper, it picks up a lot of the texture of the paper. I smeared Distress Inks on my craft sheet, misted once with water and picked up with a paint brush. The sky was painted with clean water first. When dry, I added texture to the water with some dry-brushing.

The sentiment was white embossed on the hull of the boat and I splattered white Dylusions mist on the water and the boat, as water droplets. The sky and water was stamped with a boat ticket stamp, using Salty Ocean ink. I held the cling stamp in my hand and also stamped on a piece of scrap paper first, to get a worn and random impression.
The watercolour panel was mounted on navy blue kraft-core cardstock, which was embossed with a wave border folder and stamped. I layered a game piece on a stamped compass and tied a piece of twine around the card.

I love the look of Archival Ink stamped on glossy cardstock, as well as the vibrant look of dye inks on glossy cardstock. If you have never tried using glossy cardstock, I hope you will try it out. I use it for most of my scenic stamping. I coloured it with Distress Inks and a Colorbox Stylus Tool, which gives great precision. You can use any ink-blending tool. For the small areas, I used a Ranger Craft Nib. When using dye ink on glossy cardstock I almost always start with the lightest ink and gradually build up darker colours. This makes it easier for the darker colours to go on smoothly. Place a sticky note as a mask along the horizon line.

Highlights made with a white gel pen can really bring a scene to life. You can see the little dots better on this photo.

I dry-brushed a little bit of Colorbox Frost White pigment ink on parts of the water, especially where boat and water meet, to create the look of mist and foam. For this, I use a q-tip (ear bud) and tap it off on scrap paper first. The sea was splattered with water to create drops, first masking off the boat and sky.

I once used this stamp on Specialty Stamping Paper too, if you want to have a look, you can find it here.

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Happy stamping!


Surfaces: Ranger: Watercolor Paper, Glossy Cardstock; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Artful Voyage, Travel Ways, Mini Muse, Warehouse District, Simple Sayings,
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Travels Signs, Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal
Ink: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Barn Door, Fired Brick; Archival Ink: Jet Black; Colorbox Frost White
Mist: Dylusions White Linen
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Pieces; twine
Tools: Colorbox Stylus Tool with Oval Blender Tips; Ranger Craft Nibs; Sizzix Big Shot


  1. I loved both of them..very interesting theme !

  2. Love your cards Anna-Karin, the pops of red are perfect and I love the nautical colours you used. The touch of embossing is a lovely detail too as are the red numbers. Gorgeous masculine pieces. Tracy x x

  3. always, your card is exquisite. Your work always has such a professional quality to it. This card, with it's mix of navy and other blues, that gorgeous stamped image of the ship (beautifully colored) and the twine accent is flawless. Love the distressed edges you've done as well. Your little pops of red are perfect for this card. <3 Candy

  4. beautiful work! Love how you put that sentiment in there!

  5. They are both beautiful cards. Makes me want to go on a voyage!

  6. Beautiful work! I LOVE the tip about using the sticky note for the horizon line. That's an awesome piece of advice that I know will come in handy later. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks with your posts. I have learned so much from you. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. ~Michelle

  7. Gorgeous cards Anna-Karin! Love the embossed / sanded detail! Both of them are so gorgeous!

  8. Beautiful cards! The design of the cards if fantastic with just the right pops of color and embellishments.

  9. Wow Anna-Karin, both cards are so beautiful! Love the background techniques! Really pretty!! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Gorgeous! Both card are extraordinary! Love the stamps you've used! Barbarayaya

  11. Oh... Anna-Karin, this is amazing! I love the fantastic colors of background and image of the ship is awesome. :)

  12. This card made me so happy! It was so beautifully detailed that it brought to mind a wonderful cruise I got to go on with my family. The attention to detail and striking colors you used made me feel like the ship was right there and I love how you can always evoke emotion and meaning with your art. Thanks for sharing this one and for inspiring me, as usual!

  13. Gorgeous!! Love the glossy cardstock color intensity you achieved on the second card. Wow!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for the tips on coloring with dye ink in glossy cardstock. What an amazing effect you achieved. Both cards are marvelous and I hope to join the challenge this week. -- Mary Elizbeth

  14. Beautiful card! I love the way you made waves at the bottom!

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