Tuesday 2 August 2016

Project 341: Painted anchor card

I had a commision for a nautical birthday card for a colleague to give to her sibling and I loved the brief as I knew I could go a lot of different ways with it. I particularly wanted to stretch myself with a combination of challenges:

Sketch layout at CAS(E)this sketch:

Color challenge at Retro Rubber:
My greeting is over a year old, from stampin' up endless birthday wishes. 

Tic Tac Toe at Paper Players:

I went for the top line: Enamel dots, CAS, masculine

Here's what I did: I followed a new tutorial for applying distress ink to an acrylic block and then spritzing with water and dragging across card stock. Love. Love. Love.  I used Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean to be on brief with the color theme, and then overlapped them in the middle to try to get a middle stripe to meet the sketch.

The anchor is from Claire, the last in my stash as she die cuts them for me and brings them over.

All in all I was really pleased with the combination of challenges and how it all came together. I hope my colleague likes it too!


  1. Oh, this is so fun! Great take on the sketch!

  2. I really like the textures and transitions of the colors in the background! The anchor really stands out! I always look for nautical cards!

  3. Hi Jessie! What a beautiful card! I am quite impressed with your background and am going to give this technique a try! I have been into nautical stuff as of late so I really appreciate that anchor! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!!

  4. Really beautiful design! LOVE the anchor as focal point!
    Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players & Case This Sketch !

  5. Jessie I love your nautical card! The effect from that technique is beautiful. Thank you so much for joining us at Retro Rubber:)

  6. Hello Jessie: I love the background of water colors you created, I'm always admiring people who can do this and don't end up with a muddy mess like I do.
    The colors combined really great, the die cut anchor looks fabulous as your focal point.
    Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber, hope you come back again soon.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  7. A super card, love the way you created the stripes with just two colours, and that anchor reminds me of a great big smile!
    Jane GDT at Retro Rubber

  8. LOL and we do it again - same mind, two bodies...LOVE IT. Great use of that top row too :) You are way better at masculine cards than I am.. Glad you joined us at Retro Rubber this week, colours are very you. I would have taken the anchor comment as a hint, if you hadn't already asked me for more of them :) Cx

  9. Love that fun background! Cute card.Thanks for playing along with the tic tac toe challenge at The Paper Players this week!

  10. Love your anchor card, Jessie! So fun and cute. The blue and green color combo is perfectly done. Thanks for joining the Paper Players this week.

  11. Wonderful masculine nautical card, Jessie! Great use of our colors in a watery way. Thanks so much for including Retro Rubber in your stamping fun this week. Look forward to you playing with us often!

  12. What a great idea to make the colors into a nautical card! Love your wonderful card. Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber and hope to see you in the gallery again soon.

  13. Love your take on the challenge! Thanks for playing sling with Retro Rubber!


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