Thursday 4 September 2014

A nautical theme…

Our sister blog, Country View Challenges, has a fabulous theme this month of N'autical' so I thought I’d make a sea-faring card for you today to demonstrate the beautiful Spellbinders’ Anchor die as well as a few other items…


Starting with plain white card cut to the appropriate size, I misted it and sprayed two blue Dylusions inks onto it and moved the card around to blend them. I then used the TST Antique clock mask to water bleach the shape of it:

Then came the arrows layering stencil and Picket fence DP before edging with Black soot DI:
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Mounted onto white and then black and added to the card blank, this was the picture canvas:
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Words were stamped here and there with black archival ink:

I used the same technique to colour another piece of card and then cut out the anchor using this gorgeous Spellbinders die. The anchor was mounted onto a globe from one of Tim's ephemera packs. The card was finished with a bow of black American seam binding with a charm pinned to it:
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I find I'm creating more and more backgrounds myself, from scratch. Yes, of course it's lovely to reach for a paper stack and use it but few of us have designs covering every topic we want to craft about. Stencils, masks and stamps are so very versatile lending themselves to so many uses for various topics. When I bought the arrows stencil I had no idea it would end up being used for a nautical theme, lol.

I hope you enjoyed your visit, thanks for stopping by. There'll be another project on Saturday, from Amanda.

Have a great day!  >:o)

Chris xxx


  1. This is gorgeous Chris and I agree about creating backgrounds from's such fun isn't it. The only thing is that I have a huge stash of gorgeous backing papers too! X

  2. A fabulous card Chris, wonderful colours and the anchor on the map is wonderful. The background is stunning and I agree it is really great to make them from scratch. Jennie x

  3. Stunning card Chris. I adore your background and the colours.
    Julie x

  4. This is fab Chris, stunning background! I love your water bleaching and that's a really fun stencil that you've used xx

  5. Absolutely love this - gorgeous. xx

  6. I love this Chris, the backing paper is perfect. Ax