Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Nautical-inspired card

Today's card is another one I did based on this week's A La Card Monkey sketch.  It is far less vintage than my guest designer submission, but still definitely has that maritime influence.  It also works for this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge which is to create a card that uses brads.  This one certainly does and I really think they provide the perfect finishing accent.  See what you think:

Nautical Card for PPA95 and  MC58 using Sail Away a la carte stamp from the Summer Mini

Close up of the focal image

Inside of card
So this card started out as the monkey sketch and then morphed a little.  The focal image was too big to fit the sentiment underneath, so I moved it up to the side.  That left too much empty space under the sentiment so that is where those nifty brads came in.  Then I heard my baker's twine calling out to me, feeling unloved and neglected and so I added a little...not in the sketch, but I like it.  Call it artistic licence...
This card is pretty simple in terms of composition, but I will explain how I did the focal image.  Starting with a piece of whisper white cardstock, I sponged the sky in marina mist ink and the sea in not quite navy.  I then stamped the image in basic gray once on the sponged piece and a second time on another scrap of whisper white.  I fussy cut out the sails and adhered them to the stamped image using dimensionals.  I then added whitecaps to the waves using my white gel pen.  A simple touch, but one that adds interest to the scene.
I'm pretty sure you savy stampers can figure out the rest...if not drop me a line and I'll answer your questions.  Off to do course work now...ugh!!


  1. Stunning card! Love the colors you used and the details you added to this beautiful card! Thanks for playing at the Pals Paper Arts.

  2. I really love the way you painted the ship, it looks like a photo! Great job! Thanks for having fun with us with this Man Card Challenge!! at A La Card Monkey.


  3. That card is awesome. Love the watercolored background!

  4. Absolutely stunning, Leena! I love how you sponged the image! Congrats on your PPA pick!


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