Friday, August 22, 2014

Dimensional Compass Card

Hi all! There is something about compasses which I really like, probably because I often think about where south, north, east and west are situated when I am at a specific place. I remember being amazed the first time I learned how to use a compass as a child. In Sweden, there is a sport called orienteering, which consists of running around in a forest with a map and a compass looking for a specific number of stations. You get it elsewhere too now. We did this quite a bit in school.

For this dimensional compass card, I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Compass Blueprint Framelits set, which is a die and stamp combo, making it easy to create dimension. The background was dry embossed using the Trellis folder, with one of the Embossing Diffusers to form the circle which is not embossed in the centre. I liked the way the non-embossed circle framed the compass. Stamp the compass on the background cardstock before embossing. I used the smooth side of Ranger's Watercolour cardstock for the stamping.

After stamping the compass blueprint on the background cardstock, stamp it another four times on the smooth side of the watercolour paper. Die cut with the coordinating dies. It really helps to have the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, making it much easier to get a precise cut. Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist once with water and pick up with a paint brush, to colour all the pieces. I used: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone.

This is the sandwich to use with the embossing diffusers: Platform tab 1, texture fade with paper inside, diffuser adhered to folder with tape, cutting pad. After that, to get the more defined line around the circle use this sandwich: Platform tab 1, Silicon Rubber Pad, cardstock with diffuser shape, Impressions Pad. Run through your Big Shot or Vagabond. The background was inked and splattered with Pumice Stone.

The sentiment and label stamp and die are also included in the same set. I stamped it with Monarch Orange Archival Ink and the sentiment with Jet Black. Die cut with the coordinating die.

Layer the pieces of the compass on top of each other with foam tape. Here you can see that it is pretty dimensional, from the front you don't see the foam tape. As you can see, I didn't colour some of the areas which would be covered.
Thank you for looking!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Ranger Watercolour cardstock; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core cardstock
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Courtyard & Trellis, Embossing Diffuser Set 1
Ink: Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone, Peacock Feathers; Archival Ink: Jet Black, Monarch Orange


  1. Wonderful card, I like the color combo.

  2. I love this compass stamp.Have been eyeing it for a while.I love the dimension on the card and the pumice stone really adds to the background.It almost looks like those textured weathered tin pieces.Love the colouring on the compass.

  3. Lovely card. The layers really make it stand out.

  4. This is such a great way to use this compass stamp to really show off the design. Adding dimension to a card always makes it a show stopper to start with. :) And this would be a great masculine card which always seem to be a little more difficult to add things to. They just don't seem to appreciate buttons and lace and bows. lol
    Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! :)

  5. Love the set and the dimension is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Gorgeous layers and dimension indeed! I love the added texture and colours too. Beautiful card! xx

  7. Great card and lovely layers! Your sport of orienteering,I think it's called geo-caching here in the states, kind of like looking for a hidden treasure. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  8. Stunning make, Anna-Karin!! Dimension is awesome and perfect colour combination...Love it!
    Best wishes from Slovenia

  9. Fantastic card. Love your use of patterns and design. Nicola x

  10. Beautiful, Anna-Karin! The color palette is wonderful and I love the blue rhinestones!! I also like how you've used the diffuser :) This is just a Great card!! XOXO-Shari T.


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