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Sat 23

Going Nautical
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  Trina here and I have a nautical masculine birthday card to share today.  I was rummaging through my drawers and came across some much forgotten brads.  Well, maybe not quite forgotten because I didn’t think I had any left.  Anyway, they gave me the idea to create a porthole sea scene with the Sailboat Frame die from the new Spring Collection.  


Of course you could use a wood background stamp and skip this part, but I did the faux wood technique to create my background.  Started with a panel of Smoky Slate cardstock and used a scoring tool to score lengthwise every 3/4”.  Turned the panel 90 degrees and scored some perpendicular lines in between those lines.  Next took a white pigment inkpad and dragged it down lengthwise accoss the panel.


Try not to work it too much.  You don’t want it to be uniform.  The process was repeated using Pumice Stone distress ink.


Finally a Smoky Slate marker and ruler were used to draw in the lines for better definition.  I found this technique worked better with the felt inkpads instead of the spongy type.  It also helps that the inkpad is not dry.  The panel was set aside to dry.


In the meantime, the water scene circle was die cut from hot press watercolor paper, then watercoloured with distress oxide inks.


The sailboat pieces was die cut three times from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  It was pieced together onto acetate then excess acetate was trimmed off.  This was done to make it simpler to handle.  The clouds are a single die cut layer.  The “porthole”  frame was created by die cutting from dark gray cardstock with two sizes of circles from the Circle Basics set.  Adhered the frame over the watercolored scene and added the brads.


The sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings was stamped with Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Adhered the panel to a white card base, then mounted the circle scene with fun foam.  Drew in a few seagulls and added highlights to the water with a white gel pen to finish.


This is just one of the many beautiful products from the Spring release.  Make sure to come back starting Monday for Blitz Week.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!




Cooool I love the way you made the Woodgrain Panel never try this Trina I will remembering and very manly nautical Card I love this
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great faux wood background Trina, love your die cut nautical scene :)

This is phenomenal, Trina! I love how you figured out the way to make terrific faux wood! Thank you for sharing! I also love your porthole and amazing nautical scene!! Hugs, Darnell

Love this! Love how you did the wood and the brads added to the "porthole" add wonderful textue and dimension!

Fabulous wood grain technique and what a wonderfully designed masculine card x. Thank you for the step by step and how to do the wood grain x

This is such a cool nautical masculine birthday card, Trina! I love how you made the faux wood panel. It looks so real and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step tutorial with pictures. The watercolored sunset ocean scene and the porthole frame with the shiny brads have a wonderful dimension. The seagulls are a perfect addition to complete the scene.
Hideko xx

Trina ~ Your card is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for sharing your steps for pulling the card together complete with pictures!! Your post sold me on adding this die to my wish list ... AWESOME INSPIRATION!!

Fantastic design Trina! The details you add to this fun die set is amazing. LOVE your faux wood background and the porthole using brads. So clever and create. Your sailboat scene is bright and fun! Great work!

I always love nautical themes!

Fabulous look! Love this card, great design!

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