Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Nautical but Nice

I have limited stamps for a nautical theme, but Stampin' Up! stamp set The Open Sea is in my stash. I think I will invest in the  new Traveler stamp set very soon too, I had intended to buy it on my pre-order, but somehow left it off!!! How could that happen?

Just Add Ink challenged us to use the retiring colours for one last time and I grabbed Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals. Oh, you should have seen the mess I got myself into with that!!! I inked up a large acrylic stamp block by wiping the ink pads across the surface and then I soaked watercolour paper and sprayed the acrylic block too so the ink was running all about. I love the shades it makes when the colours run together. It makes such a glorious sunset background for the sailing boat and then I felt it needed to have 'Live the Life You've Imagined' from Really Good Greetings.

This would be a great Bon Voyage or retirement card, I think. I remember in 2011, my husband and I took our first overseas trip together, including a 10 day Mediterranean cruise. A highlight was visiting Santorini, a picturesque Greek island which involves being brought ashore by tender. When it was time to return to the ship, I was thrilled to bits to be among the group who were taken on a sailing boat (with engine!!!) which looked very much like this one, it was a magical moment.

This card also fits really well with The Card Concept challenge of a nautical theme.
I followed some online instructions for this sailor's knot which I tied using some of the Summer Starfruit Bakers Twine from SALE-A-BRATION, isn't it great? And I did remember to pre-order all the Project Life I was allowed and the greeting was cut with Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, there are some handy shapes in that pack. The arrow shaped paper clip is from Hung Up Cute Clips and the Labels Collection Framelits cut out the shaped panel.

Happy stamping!

JAI 218
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  1. Love those colors - very fun background - and the sentiment you chose.

  2. I agree with Jean... the colors are amazing! Great card!

  3. Rachel, I love your creative use of colour on this card. I bought those PL framelits for the same reason! Great card; thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week.

  4. So many great details Rachel, love that knot and your fab use of colour. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  5. This is a beauty, Rachel! From the title of your post to the fab background to the nautical not.....perfect!

  6. What a fabulous background for your boat! And that knot is so very clever! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink.

  7. Awesome Sailors knot - so clever and effective. Just perfect for this project. Chantell JAI

  8. Beautiful sunset background. Great card.


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