Sunday, May 17, 2015

You're My Anchor

UPDATE 5/20/2015: This card placed in the Top Three for AHSC #107.

Recently I participated in a color challenge that was a Design Team Pick, so when I was ready to make this sketch challenge card I decided to use the scraps from that challenge for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #107. The other card can be viewed here.


Using a white card base, gray cardstock was adhered to the base and then white cardstock. On top of that a piece of DSP depicting water was adhered. From slate cardstock, four rectangles were cut and then DSP depicting stones and another depicting a tartan design were adhered. These four rectangles were attached to the card after backing them with craft foam to pop them up.

Next, the anchor was stamped and sponged and cut with a die. The hemp was laced around the anchor image through pierced holes. The image was then backed with gray cardstock and fussy cut to create a slender frame. The image was attached to craft foam and then adhered to the card.

Finally, the sentiment was computer generated, adhered to a banner cut from the DSP and popped up when adhered. The inside of the card was decorated along the bottom edge with a piece of gray cardstock and the stone DSP.

To join in challenges and for creative ideas, be sure to visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog.

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, fussy cutting, die cutting, piercing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp: The Open Sea stamp set (anchor), sentiment was computer generated
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
DSP: Adventure Bound Collection
Dies: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles
Misc.: Hemptique Hemp, metal studs from stash, craft foam


  1. Love those stamps...the sentiment and anchor are very cool....great masculine card! Thanks for coming over yesterday Mel....I had a lot of fun! Can't wait to do it again!

  2. Melanie, Glad you got a card completed...time in the craft room is so rewarding! I love the twine on the anchor...I'm not very good with twine, ribbon etc, but I am inspired to keep trying!

  3. I love, love, love this Melanie!! Your designer paper choices are just perfect with the image and your sentiment. Fantastic card! :)

  4. Great job. I like that you popped up each section, giving the some overall dimension to your card. Colours are great, and I love that sentiment. Great job on this weeks sketch. Thanks for joining us !!

  5. Love it! I love the colours, the patterned papers, everything. I really love the anchor as well, great card! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  6. Oh I just love this! Now you've inspired me to go and use up this gorgeous paper! :) Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

  7. Wow, this is so unique! I love it the colors are perfect and the anchor mat shape is a great twist on just a rectangle! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda Norman
    DT member AHSH

  8. Melanie, what a fabulous card...and it's a masculine card (those I struggle with!). Beautifully done, and I love the anchor and how you've used the hemp...and the DSP is fabulous! Great card! Hugs!

  9. I love how you've tied together the Afventure Bound Dsp stack - this is one awesome card!!! Love it! Thanks for playing along at AHSC.

  10. You must have a lot of men in your life : ) You do such good cards for men. Very nice.

  11. How clever to use real "rope" and an ocean background! I think this would make a very appropriate Christian card as well, since Jesus is our Anchor, and He is also our Rock! Beautiful, thoughtful design!