Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nautical Expedition and the Open Sea

Today's card uses a great new stamp set from the Summer Mini - The Open Sea. I love when a stamp set comes out that is so suitable for masculine cards. The images in the set are beautifully intricate. This card could be suitable for Father's Day or for a man's birthday.

The layout is based on the Card Patterns Sketch 113. I am way too late to enter the challenge but this idea has been percolating in my mind for a while. When I saw the half circle at the top of the sketch, I immediately thought of the ship's wheel idea I had seen on several cards online.

Question of the Day:
Do you find it difficult (like I do) to make cards for men? What are your favorite stamp sets for masculine cards? Leave your answer in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.

Stamping Vogue Tips:
  • Use your Circle Scissors Plus to cut the circle for the ship's wheel. Then cut the circle in half and use the Word Window punch to create the "handles."
  • Make your own background paper by stamping images randomly on card stock. Then emboss, sponge the edges, and spritz with the Color Spritzer tool.
  • Use Paper Snips to trim the focal images.
  • Finish it off with Bakers twine and Antique Brads.

  • Stamp Set - The Open Sea (W 123030, C 123032)
  • Ink - Early Expresso (119670), Not Quite Navy (103008), Soft Suede marker (120973)
  • Card Stock - Crumb Cake (120953), Early Expresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
  • Designer Series Paper - Nautical Expedition (122343)
  • Tools - Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Word Window punch (119857), Paper Snips (103579)
  •  Accessories - Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (123125), Antique Brads (117273 ), Early Expresso 1-1/4 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon  (119961)
Keep on stamping!


  1. love all the masculine possibilites with this stamp! Just got mine and am going to showcase it for a fathers day card at an up coming workshop. I am now following from sc, stop over and pay me a visit :D hugz n blessings.

  2. Dear Sue.. What a gorgeous card. I love it. It is so well done. It is going to be hard not to buy this set.. Don't make such pretty cards okay.. to tempting!

    Inky hugs, Pauline

  3. Love how you intrepreted the sketch with a ship's wheel. I find masculine cards difficult and I tend to reach of Loads of Love. But I have to remember who I gave the cards too so at least they don't get more than one per year. This new stamp has opened up lots of possibilities for a man card

  4. Great job with this stamp set. Really like those colors together. I'm finding more and more reasons to buy this set. I'm now following you from SC (#247 on list). Come by for a visit.