Saturday, July 16, 2011

Beyond the Sea

The motivation behind this card is the Embellish Nautical Color Trends Challenge.  I'm originally from Hawaii and my grandfather was a fisherman, so I have a strong affinity to the ocean.  The images and colors of the Embellish inspiration board are more New England than Honolulu, but they're wonderful all the same! 
I started the card by embossing the background with my Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder.  I cut windows into both the background and base card with 2 sizes of my round Nestie dies.   The light blue backing (under the bow) is a piece of cardstock painted with acrylic paint and then sponged a bit with brown ink.
For the boat stripes, I masked off lines and rubbed over deep blue and red ink.  I love how they really mimic the lines on a real wooden boat.   To get that weathered look and bring up the woodgrain, I sponged the entire card with a rich brown.  
I experimented with a bunch of real nautical knots and they all seemed so clunky.  So I went with a rustic bow instead.  At first glance, this card doesn't hit you over the head with wow factor, but I'm very pleased with how the soft colors and textures turned out:)  
Thanks for looking! 
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Red, Blue (Colorbox), Brown (Memento)
Paper: Rustic Cream and Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Embellishments: Hemp twine
Tools: Round dies (Spellbinders)


  1. Wow, wow, WOW! Look how awesome this is!! I really love the effect the rubbed ink has - it does look like painted lines. And just now I look over what you wrote & see 'doesn't hit you over the head with wow factor' - liar. It totally did.

  2. love how simple and stunning this card is, great job!

  3. Are you kidding? It hits me over the head! I ADORE the texture, and those stripes are awesome. I love hearing how you did them, too. Yay for masking! Thanks for joining us at Embellish.

  4. This is such a cool nautical card! Love that texture and stripes! And the window is perfect. Thanks also for your sweet comment!


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