Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Arrr! Matey - a Masculine Birthday Card

Sailing ships have such romance attached to them!  Adventure, disaster, exploration, treasure, exotic ports!  I just wish I had the same experience to be nostalgic about.  One of my first dates with my hubby was aboard a friend's sailboat.  I was thrilled to be going on such an adventure, with such a handsome guy, but, as luck would have it, the seas were not too accommodating that day!  We experienced a following sea, which basically means that the boat was tossed in every direction at once!  I don't have the strongest stomach for motion anyway, and this was too much for me to handle.  I spent the bulk of the trip hanging over the edge of the boat, first afraid I would die, then afraid I wouldn't die!  I realized that I did not look in the least attractive hanging over the edge of the boat for hours and, furthermore, I was not great company during the whole episode.  But I had seriously underestimated my future spouse and he stuck around despite the whole incident!

This is a gate fold card that I cased from one of Julie Davison's cards here.  I thought the whole design of Julie's card was very masculine, except for the stamped image and so I changed that and the DSP used from Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack to Comfort Cafe DSP.  The sailing ship image from The Open Sea stamp set is very suited to a masculine card as is the sentiment which is from the From My Heart stamp set.

Here's what is meant by a gate fold card:

It's the same size as a standard card, just folded a little differently with the ends coming together in the middle, after scoring the 41/4" by 11" Crumb Cake card stock at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".  The main Very Vanilla image panel was stamped with the ledger image first, stamped off in Crumb Cake.  The the globe stamp was used with full strength Crumb Cake and the ship and sentiment added with Midnight Muse.  I was so happy because the Midnight Muse dried right away and didn't smear at all!  Some linen thread was added to the bottom and a Top Note panel stamped with an anchor was placed inside.

Give the gate fold a try!  It's a way of making a simple card simply terrific!

Avast, landlubbers!  See you tomorrow with something new from Stampin' Up!

Stamps:  The Open Sea (w123030; c123032); From My Heart (w126555; c126557)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650) and Midnight Muse (126843) card stock; Comfort Cafe DSP (126898)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Crumb Cake (126975) and Midnight Muse (126860)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (104199)
Tools:  Top Note Bigz Die (113463); Big Shot (113439)

From My Heart Stamp Set
The Open Sea Stamp Set
Linen Thread

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