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Monday, 24 January 2011

Nautical but nice (can you tell I was struggling for a title for this post lol)

I don't often make cards for men but its my lovely Father in Law's birthday coming up so I thought i'd better get cracking. I've used my all time favourite stamp sheet for mens cards to make this card, its the Nautical sheet from The Stamp Man and I never get fed up of it (the men in the family probably do though as I use it again and again, lol). I thought this would be a good card for the latest challenge from the Stamp Man Challenge Blog where the theme is distressing.

I love to make a card from scratch and get inky making backgrounds so i had a lot of fun making this card. All the stamps are from the Aspects of Design Nautical stamp plate. I stamped the large ship/map image randomly on white card with stormy skies distress ink and then did the same with the ship stamp using Tumbled glass distress ink. I sprayed the background lightly with Moonshadow inks in Bucaneer Bay Blue and Golden Dubloons.  I repeated this on the back of the card and then cut an X where the background would lie over the main image. I distressed all the edges with tumbled glass and vintage photo DI and attached the folded back corners with little brads.

The main image was stamped and embossed with walnut stain distress EP on a left over scrap of the background card. I painted the image with a little Bucanner Bay blue and Golden Dubloons inks and attached the background over the image.

The sentiment is stamped and embossed with the same EP. The little brass button is from my stash and the hinges are grungeboard basics die cuts coloured with vintage photo DI and more Golden Dubloons Moonshadow Ink.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Male/boy
C.R.A.F.T challenge: Martial arts/sport - I hope sailing counts :-)
Paper Sundaes: Distressing
One Stop Crafty Challenge :More than one fold
Pixie Dust:  Buttons
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Clear as mud (Brown + 1 other colour, I chose blue)
Simon Says Stamp: Bingo challenge (my line is brads, button, die cut)

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire xx


  1. Beautiful Claire. It really looks like an ancient map with the distressing. I like the hinges too.
    aka Celticrafter

  2. This is an amazing card! I love the technique you used and thanks for the great idea!

  3. This is absolutely stunning, Claire! I don't know why you don't make more men's cards since you obviously have a knack for it! The distressing is fabulous, and you layout is fabulous. It looks like the stamps were made especially for this card! BIG pat on the back for you!!!!

  4. This turned out really wonderful after so much work.Looks fantastic, a true masculine card,and Im sure your father in law will enjoy it.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. OMG Claire, I love it. I have great trouble creating male cards. Well done. Hugs Suzanne x

  6. Oh this is wonderful...I absolutley love it!!!

  7. This is stunning Claire. Lovely stamp and your background is fabulous. So beautifully blended together, love it.
    Jen x

  8. What a great card, Thank you for joining in with us this week at C.R.A.F.T Challenge.
    Kevin xx

  9. your card looks fantastic, i am sure he will love it, I would think sailing does count as a sport!! thanks for joining our challenge at C.R.A.F.T. x carol

  10. beautiful, love the soft colours and the distressed feel! Hugs Juls

  11. Wowzer Claire this looks amazing you have done a wonderful job with this one.
    Lorraine x

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! So elegant! Thanks for joining us at the CRAFT Challenge this week.

  13. Fabulous card, wonderful work and details.
    Lovely that you could join us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  14. Love this card Claire - i always struggle with "male" cards but this is fab.
    I love that window effect too x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xx

  15. WOW! what a BRILLIANT card *claps!*
    Thank you for joining us this week at sweet stampin
    Jo xx

  16. I love this!! A fab entry for our sports challenge at CRAFT, thanks for joining us this week and good luck, love Jacky x

  17. Beautiful card and the title is perfect lol. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Sentiments vintage challenge this week.

  18. What a fabulous masculine card! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  19. I don't know how you was strugling with this card it's perfect & a lovely man's card, love your colours too. thanks for joining in at OSCC. Janet

  20. So pretty! Love your design!

  21. What a great card, I love the colours. Thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge. Sharon x

  22. Hi this is fantastic, love that paper, it's gorgeous, no wonder you like to use it a lot. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week and good luck. Hugs xx

  23. Your card is lovely! Great distressed look! Thanks for joining us at Pixie Dust this week!

  24. This looks amazing, love the folds. Thanks for joining in this weeks OSCC. Hugs Shelley xx


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