Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Open Sea

April 22, 2015 Update: This card was a Top Three winner!

Spending much of my childhood living near water on the east coast, my siblings and I were all taught by our father to sail. We would hurry home from church on Sundays so we could enjoy the afternoon on our little sailboat. I cannot imagine the skill required to sail a full-rigged ship! 
This is my submission for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #103.
The card is layered with a torn piece of a map that was stamped with grunge splatter, distressed and sponged to look worn. The map is mounted on a piece of cardstock embossed with wood grain. I also inserted a strip of foiled cardstock under the right side of the wood grain panel The porthole was cut from a hexagon die using foiled paper, brads were added then it was distressed with Stazon black ink to look aged. The porthole also has an acetate window sheet and is slightly popped up with the view of the ship in the background.

The ship was stamped on white cardstock. The water was added with a DTP technique touched up with white gel pen to look like foamy waves. The sky was sponged using the edge of a scallop die to create clouds. The birds were hand drawn.

The anchor was stamped on foiled paper and fussy cut then distressed with Stazon black ink. After tying the hemp to the anchor it was popped up with foam tape. The sentiment was heat embossed in silver and the banners were gently curled with a bone folder and popped up with foam tape.

The inside of the card has a piece of white cardstock for a personal note and an anchor stamped on the edge.

Be sure to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to view the design team's inspiring cards and the other challenge submissions!

Techniques: Stamping, color blending, sponging, distressing, dry embossing, heat embossing, fussy-cutting, die cutting, DTP (direct to paper)

Recipe: Products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: The Open Sea, Gorgeous Grunge, Painted Petals (sentiment)
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Night of Navy, DCWV foiled cardstock stack (silver)
Other paper: Acetate window sheet, map
Ink: Pacific Point, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Stazon (black), Versamark
Markers: Basic Black, Uniball Signo Gel Pen (white)
Die: Spellbinders hexagon set
Other: True Hemp by Hemptique, Recollections embossing powder (silver), brads from stash, wood grain embossing folder, 3M foam tape
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")


  1. Awesome! Love much work and worth it!

  2. I love it, I love the torn ma and the colour of the water, so many great details! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  3. Wow! What a great card! It certainly brings me back to growing up on the east coast as well. Thank you. And, thanks for playing along at AHSC.

  4. Oh my goodness how creative are you! This is amazing! I love the piece of map you used. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week! :)

  5. Absolutely stunning. You have put much love, and work into your creation. Great work ! Thanks you for sharing with us at AHSC!

  6. Oh my goodness Melanie, this is stunning!!! Your porthole looks so real and I love the twine and the background too. Wow, wow, wow!!! Love it all!

  7. How unique and fun! I love everything about this card! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

    Design Team ASCH

  8. What a cool idea to create a porthole as your focal point! All the detail and the layers are beautifully executed in every way.

  9. I don't know what happened, my comment was on here and disappeared. Repeat, what can I say but Amazingly Amazing. Great Card. And now I can say out loud "IT'S A WINNER." Contratulations.