Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nautical story

This card might be a little more abstract than is typical for me, and it has kind of a long story.  It started on Saturday when I got this really large (about 4 by 5 inch) stamp of a nautilus shell at a craft consignment sale.  I think it's from StampZia, a company that's probably no longer around. (At least I haven't seen Zia at the stamp shows in a few years).

I was trying this stamp with a technique I'd seen in the latest Technique Junkies Newsletter called reverse background.  The stamp turned out not to be good for the technique -- you need something busier -- but I really liked how it looked embossed in white with a color wash over it. So I was really happy to see Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge is to create something with a nautical theme. Yippee, an excuse to use my new stamp.

I used Sketch Saturday #280 for the layout.

The large stamp is white embossed on white paper.  I mixed some Creamy Caramel ink with a little water and applied with a watercolor brush.  I then white embossed some smaller shell stamps (Impression
Obsession and Sunday International) and cut them out.  Some are applied with pop dots, so the card has some good dimension on it.

Not my typical card, but it's good to change things up every once in a while, right?

I'm also entering in Word Art Wednesday  #102, anything goes.


  1. This is a very pretty card. I really like the color wash over the white embossing. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  2. Sandy,
    Whatever you did do was a huge success. the sandy colors the white embossing and layout are superb. Our Canadian Thanksgiving has past and we are so blessed to see this beautiful work of art, as well as being very thankful for your past posts.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday
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  3. This is beautiful. It looks so life-life and is textured just perfectly. Thanks for sharing your God-given talents in our challenge, and please join us again soon. It's a real blessing having you play along and we hope you've enjoyed our fellowship!
    Karen Letchworth
    Word Art Wednesday
    P.S. You are welcome to share up to 5 projects per week to increase your odds of winning (and to give us all the opportunity to see more of your lovely art!!!)

  4. We are so glad you participated in our challenge at Sketch Saturday last week with this nautical card with it's pretty shells. I have particularly enjoyed seeing the many different interpretations of the stars from our sketch and your home made DP looks very cool. Hugs Lesley

  5. Beautiful serene card. Lovely shell pattern in the background and pretty stamped shells in the foreground. Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.


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