Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ahoy! #148: A Nautical Birthday Wish

I have been obsessed with nautical themes lately. I don't know where it's coming from. I am always short on masculine cards so maybe that's the reason? One look at the new Fresh Prints Designer Paper Series and I KNEW this card had to be nautical. How does one NOT love this stuff? I really like the size of the new pack. It's perfect for cards. So I set to work. What do you think about when you think "nautical"? I think ocean, ships, lots of studs and metal rigging. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it! I've used the sketch from Mojo Monday's challenge #327.


Cardstock ~ Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Paper Series ~ Fresh Prints
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Craft White
*clear embossing powder over the "Make a Wish" stamp
Stamp Sets ~ Woodgrain, Perfect Pennants, The Open Sea, Perfectly Penned (inside), Geometrical (inside), Gorgeous Grunge (inside)
Embellishments ~ 1/8" mini brads
Other supples ~ Shaker Frames, Window Sheet, Dimensionals

How to:
Stamp "Woodgrain" onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Early Espresso ink.

Cut into strips measuring 3/4" x 3 3/4" and round the corners.

Distress, crumple, mash, and sponge with Baked Brown Sugar ink.

Cut Fresh Prints DSP to a 1 3/4 strip. You'll have to double the length as it wasn't quite wide enough to cover. Distress, crumple, and sponge with Early Espresso, and Baked Brown Sugar ink.

Time to make the compass! I used the compass stamp from The Open Sea, the 1" circle punch and the 1 3/8" circle punch, Shaker Frame, and Window sheet. Assemble the compass with a small piece of Dimensional. There you go!

I hope you've found this helpful. I'm sure I missed a step or two. I constantly become so engrossed in the project that I forget to take pictures as I go. I'll have to work on that!


  1. This is absolutely fabulous! Just love that wooden board background!

  2. I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Weekly Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at

    1. Kathy! Thank you SO much including my card on your blog. I feel so honored to be included with such fine talent!

  3. This is a SUPER card, Melissa! Thank you for the how-to, too. I'm delighted to meet you and would have joined as a follower after reading about your rotten kids, no matter if I liked your cards! Luckily, I do! Come and join me, too, if you like! You might be equally amused. Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thank you SO much Darnell! I'm so happy to meet you. I love your blog and joined this morning. Looking forward to more witty posts!


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