A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

The Open Sea, Wainscoting

The Open Sea, Wainscoting

Here are 3 more cards that I made with The Open Sea set from Stampin Up. This is such a rugged nautical set and really helps my cards make a masculine statement. I was surprised how much I liked the first one when I finished it. I was afraid it might look too drab as I was making it, but using the Stampin Up Stripes embossing folder on the bottom reminds me of wainscoting which kind of adds to the masculine theme.

The Open Sea, Clean and Simple

The Open Sea, Clean and Simple

On the second card I used the globe stamp in VersaMark on the blue and the anchor stamp in VersaMark on the red to give a little more character to this clean and simple look. (Unfortunately it is difficult to see in the picture, but if you double-click the picture it shows up better.)

The Open Sea, Chevrons

The Open Sea, Chevrons

The chevron paper on the third card reminded me of a choppy sea and I think it goes well with the set. Which one is your favorite?

The Open Sea

I am always on the lookout for “man stamps,” which is what I call stamps with a more rugged, masculine-type theme. One of my favorites is The Open Sea from Stampin Up, and I fell in love with this versatile set at first sight. The stamping technique used on this card is called Keyhole Cropping, and many stampers use it when an image does not stamp perfectly. However, I used the Keyhole Cropping because I love the details of each stamp in this set and wanted to use them all on one card without making it look too busy.

The Open Sea, Stampin Up

The Open Sea, Stampin Up

The background blue is dry embossed with the Sizzix Swirls with Waves folder. The dark blue rectangle measures 3 x 4 inches, and each small blue square measures 1-¼ inches. The long blue sentiment strip measures ¾ inch x 5-3/8 inches with the brown being just 1/8 larger as a background. A small length of bakers twine adds a little dimension and the sentiment is from Jillian Vance’s Celebrate Men set.