Thursday, April 30, 2009

CDS Sneak Peek - Smooth Sailing



Welcome back for the final day of the CDStamps Sneak Peeks as all of these wonderful stamps go on sale tomorrow :) Today I have 2 sets to show you but they will be posted in separate posts so be sure to scroll around and check them out! This card is made using the new Smooth Sailing set. Because the ship is very old world looking I wanted to go with a semi monochromatic colour scheme. Monochromatic cards are very challenging for me but I am completely thrilled with how this one turned out! It may even be my favourite card that I have made for the sneak peeks...hmmm...yep, it is *wink*

I watercoloured the ship using my Tombow Markers and a waterbrush and then paper tol'd the sails. If you look closely at the paper behind the ship you will notice that it is neither a stamp or designer paper. To create this all I did was Google Old World Maps and I managed to come across several photos of real antique maps. I loaded the photos into Photo shop and cropped them down and adjusted the lighting levels for a more crisp picture. I then printed it up on regular printer cover stock and cut out an area that I thought looked the best on the card :) I added some extra sponging around the print out and the torn edges of the designer paper below that to really add to the distressing.

My wonderful husband actually helped me make this card believe it or not! He's a deckhand on BC Ferries (our local Ferry System here on Vancouver Island) and I handed him the hemp twine and told him to "go to town" lol - He done good! He used some knotting techniques to create the hemp twine "chain" looking adornment and they actually use that technique on the boats for storing heavy rope lines.

I added the banner of "Stay the Course" as my finishing touch on the card and discovered a little trick (probably a well known, but new to me) for getting perfect "tails" on the ends of the banner. Usually I free hand cut them with a craft knife, but I had another light bulb moment when making this. I ended up taking my 1 3/8" Square punch that already had perfect 90 degree angles and slid the ends of the banner into one of the corners and punched. I did this on both ends for perfectly straight and even ends.

Now that you have seen my creations, please click on the links below to see the other sets that are being previewed today :)



Card Recipe:

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps - Smooth Sailing
Paper: Gina K, Chocolate Chip, Watercolour, 7 Gypsies DP, K&Co DP, Inque Boutique DP, Printer Cover Stock
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Distressing Tool, Printer, Hemp Twine, Tombow Markers, Waterbrush, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder


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18 comments:

Chris said...

How fun that your husband could help! :) It's a beautiful card, the tones of the browns are gorgeous.

Amy Sheffer said...

Beautiful, Kim! Love that interlaced hemp - such an awesome touch!

Shantaie said...

I must say that as always this is stunning! Im blown away by all the detail and beauty of your work!

Gabriela said...

Kim, THIS is just stunning! OMW, it takes my breath away. I am absolutely smitten with this card. Sigh.

KanataNewf said...

Beautiful. Love your map work!

Lisa Lara said...

I love the warm hues you used on your sailboat Kim. Beautifully done, fantastic masculine card.

Sonya said...

This is a beauty! But then again I expect nothing less from you Kim! I just made a card with a banner for the CDS guest designer challenge and as you said hand-cut the ends. Wish I had seen your helpful tip first! Hee hee - TFS

Keep Smiling! ~ Sonya

Becky said...

How sweet to have hubby help you. :) love this card it is beautiful, and your coloring is awesome.

Dana said...

Wow, am I ever glad that I subscribed to your blog. This card and the second one from today are AMAZING! Thanks for linking to Michelle Zindorf's blog. Wow. How enlightening! Her tutorials are great.

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

Another beauty KIM! I sure wish I knew how to us photoshop like you!...In fact, I'd like to do just about anything like you!

Loretta said...

Kim, all your previews have been magnificent! This schooner tops them all, IMHO. Awesome touch by hubby!

Conniecrafter said...

This is AWESOME, my FIL loves sailing he would trully love this card, especially because he would recongnize the knotting and I like the idea of how you punched the banner! Love the map too!

Laurie tx stamper said...

Stunning, wow, I really like the rich tones here and the way you tied your twine.

AlienAnessa said...

Jeepers, Kim, I always know that I'll come in here and be amazed at your vision and abilities, and of course all your work on this card is no exception. Thank you for being so good at what you do!!!

I left you a gift on my blog specifically because I appreciate your blog and the resulting inspiration!!

Allison said...

This is amazing...awesome job!

MichelleS said...

This is so beautiful!! I have been tossing around making a sialing card since we went sailing on the 20th of April. You have really inspired me!

Sue McMahon usa168923 said...

Gorgeous, Kim! Need I say more? You are awesome!

Linda Crowder said...

I hit this link from your newsletter today (6-01) and I have just the right paper for this card. I will case it if you don't mind. I dont' have the ship but I kept the paper hoping someday I would have something to make from it. You gave me a wonderful idea. I will try to send you a photo of what I make. Thanks for sharing.