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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sailing Home Birthday Card

Today is my husband's birthday! We both love living near the water and escaping out on our boat so I decided to use Stampin Up! Sailing Home stamp set for his card featuring the sailboat image.   His favorite color is blue so I made this card in shades of blue.

The wave patterened paper is from the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper (DSP) and was just the background I needed for this card!  One thing I love about Stampin Up is they list the colors in the catalog used in the paper for easy coordination so I looked up these colors and saw that Balmy Blue is one of the main colors. Therefore,  I used Balmy Blue cardstock for my base and also for the die cut layer behind the sailboat.  I wanted to prop the wave paper up with dimensionals, however the DSP is thinner than cardstock so I simply cut a layer of Whisper White cardstock in the same dimensions (5 1/4" x 4") and adhered the wave paper onto the white cardstock. This made the wave paper thick and able to be propped up with dimensionals for depth. Since I knew I planned to tie a ribbon around this layer, I waited to adhere this layer onto the card base until I finished the other layers.

Next, I cut out a layer of Balmy Blue cardstock with the Stitched Nested Labels dies. I used 3rd largest die for this one.  I love the stitching elments on it! I adhered this onto the wave paper with Multipurpose liquid glue.   I stamped the larger sailboat image from the Sailing Home stamp set and cut it out with corresponding die from the Smooth Sailing Dies.  I colored in the sails with a Balmy Blue Stampin Write marker. I adhered the die cut sailboat onto the Balmy Blue layer with dimensionals to prop up the sailboat.  Next I stamped the "Enjoy Today" sentiment from Good Morning Magnolia stamp set in Balmy Blue ink onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the small banner die from Tasteful Labels dies. This collection of dies is great for all kinds of sentiments. I adhered this sentiment directly onto the wave paper with liquid glue. My final steps were to tie a ribbon around the entire waves layer and adhere to the base card.  I used a retired white twine. However the current Misty Moonlight twine would look great with this card.  This twine is part of the Floweres for Every Season Ribbon combo pack and is on my wish list!!  After tying a bow, I peeled the dimensional stickers and adhered the entire waves layer to the base cardstock.

For the inside, to continue the Sailing theme, I stamped the anchor image from the Sailing Home stamp set in Balmy Blue ink. However, I use the stamping off technique to achieve a lighter shade of blue by stamping on my grid paper first, then the card.   Then I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Many Mates stamp set in Night of Navy directly on top of the light blue anchor.

This was a fun and easy birthday card to make! I know my husband will love the sailing theme and the blue colors.  Let me know if you have any questions about making this card!  I will be posting a video soon showing how I made this card, so check back in a few days for the video! 

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  1. This is wonderful, Nicole. I like your idea of using card stock on the back of the DSP to make it stronger. Your husband will love it!

  2. So pretty! Love this design, perfect background paper too! :)