Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ship Ahoy! Masculine Card

2/02/2016 Update: This card was named the Diamond winner in the Color Dare Challenge #177. My thanks to the design team!

In pulling together my materials for this challenge I found that I did not have any "Whisper" cardstock but I used a color from my stash that I hope is a close match. In looking at Whisper in the product catalog and on-line it looked as if it's a combination of light gray and light sand.

My family grew up on the east coast spending lots of time on the water so this card will work well for my brothers or nephews. I have left it undefined so I can add a sentiment at a later time. I liked using the colors for the Color My Heart: Color Dare #177 - Peacock, Crystal Blue, Whisper and White Daisy because of their "beachy" appeal.

When the Sahara Sand ink was blended with the Bashful Blue ink, it created a cast of sea green. The focal scene was stamped and sponged and matted with a panel that had been sponged along the edges. The banner was hand cut, then texturized using an embossing folder and an ink pad. These two elements were backed with foam to pop them up. They were adhered to a card base texturized with the same embossing folder that had a panel of cardstock and a panel of torn DSP, that had been wrapped and tied with hemp. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and stamped with a compass image. Three candy dots were added to the front of the card.

Visit the Color Dare Challenge #177 for creative ideas!

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, fussing cutting, dry embossing, dry embossing with ink
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamps: "The Open Sea"
Inks: Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Stazon Jet Black
Markers: Uniball white gel pen, Basic Black (non-alcohol)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand
DSP: Plaid pattern from stash
Misc.: Foam tape, Argyll TIEF, hemp (by Hemptique), Candy Dots


  1. Wow, really pretty sea scenery, you did the color combination very nicely. Great masculine the way Darrell's birthday is coming up shortly lol.

  2. WOW!!!!!!! Thanks for playing along with Close to my Heart Color Dare!

  3. OMG ~ love that background! Stunning! Thank you for joining us this week on Color My Heart.

  4. This is exquisite!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Color My Heart Color Dare!

  5. Stunning Melanie! Your focal image is perfectly done and your layering is fantastic. I love this!! :)

  6. Wow, what a great card. The background is just amazing.

  7. Wow, what a great card. The background is just amazing.

  8. This card is stunning! Love how you made the ocean scene and then all the layering...WOW! Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  9. Melanie, your card is a work of art! I love the scene and the brilliant ways you use watercoloring. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at Color My Heart Color Dare this week.
    :) Marie

  10. Beautiful, Melanie! You card makes me want to hit the waves! The embossing and twine make nice accents. Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  11. Wowzer mel! This is gorgeous! That sky is just awesome!

  12. Just Breathtaking! I grew up on the east coast also! (Long Island)and I miss the smell of the ocean.