When we hear the word ‘cardmaking’, the images of beautifully feminine projects pop into our heads, so it can be a little bit difficult to come up with more masculine designs. If you’ve been in that situation, we’ve got the perfect project for you! Using mainly the Sara Signature Nautical range and the Gemini Pop Out Word Dies, you can produce a gorgeous maritime-inspired greetings card with a sentiment that leaps from the page.
For this particular project, we’ve used the Thank You Pop Out Word Die, but it could also work with the other every day sentiments, like ‘Best Wishes’ and ‘With Love’. But the 3D sentiment, paired with the cool blue and oceanic scenery is the perfect recipe for a more male-focused card.
You will need:
- Pop Out Thank You Die
- Kraft card
- Sara Signature Nautical 8″ x 8″ Paper Pad
- Sara Signature Enchanted Forest A4 Luxury Matt Mirror Card – Sapphire Blue and Striking Blue
- Stamping Card
- Spectrum Noir Harmony Water Reactive Inkpads in Friar Brown, Ocean Blue, Green Topaz and Baby Blue
- Spectrum Noir Harmony Opaque Pigment Inkpad in Parakeet
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Sara Signature Nautical Seashells Stamp and Die
- Sara Signature Nautical Sealife Accessories
- Sara Signature Nautical Porthole Windows Die
- Sara Signature Nautical Fishing Net Die
- Sara Signature Nautical At The Beach Dies
- Sara Signature Nautical Seas The Day Stamps
- Sara Signature Nautical Ship Deck 3D Embossing Folder
- Low Tack Tape
- Tacky Glue
- 3D Glue Gel
- Foam Pads
- Moulding Ball Tools
Cut and score a 5″ x 7″ card base from kraft card. Cut a piece of Striking Blue Matt Mirror card slightly smaller to create a mat, but do not score this. Just lightly mark the centre where the fold will be.
Take two coordinating papers from the paper pad and cut these so that they mat into the top and bottom half of the mat mirror layer. Place a small amount of repositionable tape on the back of the two papers, so that they form on long sheet. Place the two papers on top of the matt mirror card, so that the join of the two papers runs along the centre of the mat mirror layer (you may wish to tape in place or use a small amount of tape pen to hold in place). Using this line as a guide, tape your Thank You Die in place and run through the die-cutting machine.
Once cut, separate the two layers and remove the pieces that have cut out to leave your wording. Separate your two papers and cut away the letters to leave just the outline. For the mirror layer, score from the edge of the card to the outside edge of the words, then carefully crease all of the score lines (you can use a ball tool and run over the score lines to accentuate them if necessary). Take your time over this and it will come together!
Trim a small amount from where your two papers meet, then adhere them to the top and bottom halves of your mirror word layer using tacky glue. Adhere your word pop out layer into your card blank – do this one half at a time, making sure that the centre folds meet up.
For the card front, cut a mat of Sapphire Blue Mat Mirror Card and then another slightly smaller from kraft card. Emboss the kraft card using the Ship Deck 3D Embossing Folder, then distress with the Friar Brown, Ocean Blue and Green Topaz Water Reactive Inkpads. Adhere the Sapphire Blue layer and kraft card layer to the front of the card.
Cut out various layers from the Porthole Dies with a white under layer. Stamp the sentiment in the middle of the white layer using the Parakeet Opaque Pigment Inkpad, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Adhere your porthole layers together, then adhere to the front of the card with foam pads for height.
For the inside of the card, using the card you gutted from the front, cut out the Thank You again from Sapphire Blue. Trim away any excess pieces and layer this on to the sentiment inside the card, offsetting to create a drop shadow.
Die-cut some seagulls from white card and add their beak with an alcohol marker. Adhere them to the top half of the inside of the card.
Die-cut the net from kraft card and seaweed from off-cuts of Sapphire Blue and Striking Blue Matt Mirror Card, as well as from spare pieces of blue and green card. Layer these pieces up in the bottom corner of the inside of the card.
Stamp some shells using Friar Brown Water Reactive Ink. Die-cut these using the matching dies, then once cut out, use a damp paintbrush to pull the ink out and create shading on the shells. You can also use a bit of the Baby Blue Inkpad to create shading and colour. Dry your die-cuts, then shape using a ball tool and mat. Using 3D Glue Gel, arrange these around the bottom of your seaweed inside the card.
Phew! While there are a fair few steps to this project, the finished card looks so stunning and it would make the perfect piece for a male recipient. Make sure you show us your finished wreaths on Facebook UK, Facebook USA, Twitter, Instagram UK, Instagram US, Pinterest UK or Pinterest US using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.