Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Open Sea Birthday Wishes - Stampin' Fun and Friends

The next challenge with Stampin' Fun and Friends is a sketch challenge.  Since the theme is summer I couldn't resist using The Open Sea stamp set.  Wouldn't everyone just love to sail into the sunset while the weather is warm and you are on vacation?  I ended up making a masculine birthday card.

 

As you can see I changed the rectangular focal piece to a circular one.

Technique: 
Card base is Soft Suede with a Crumb Cake layer.  This layer has been embossed with the Chevron folder and the edges sponged with Soft suede ink.
Focal Image: The ship was stamped with Early Espresso ink and then punched out with a 2 1/2" circle punch.  Edges were sponged with Soft Suede.
It was layered with a larger circle cut with the Circles #2 die - in Soft Suede - the edges of which were also sponged with Soft Suede ink.
The 2 layers were adhered together and neutral brads inserted to give it that port hole effect.
Distressed Panel: It was stamped with Early Espresso ink, then sponged with Soft Suede.  The top left corner and bottom were then torn, and the entire piece crumpled up, opened again and sponged some more.  Then it was spritzed with water and allowed to dry.  The water caused the ink to blend.
After dry it was matted with a layer of Early Espresso, the bottom part of which was also torn.
Designer Paper Panel: Rather than using designer paper, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock, and lightly stamped the "earth" stamp randomly all over the paper; then the anchor in the lower right.

Stamps: The Open Sea, Petite Pairs
Inks: Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Papers: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Neutral brads, Small oval punch, Chevron folder, Circles #2 die, 2 1/2" circle punch, mat pack & paper piercer
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