Today is the launch of the My Favorite Things June Release. Isn't this release fantastic? I'm super excited about the NEW Tiddly Inks line of stamps. Today's card uses the NEW You Keep Me Afloat stamp set and coordinating dies, plus a few older products to complete the design.
To check out the entire NEW release from My Favorite Things (CLICK HERE!) to shop or check out the blog for inspiration and projects using the NEW June release.
I started with a 3 1/2 by 4 3/4 inch panel of heavy weight white card stock. I used low tack tape to mask a rectangle towards the top portion of the panel about two inches wide. I used the Waves Stencil by MFT to blend on some water in the allotted space. I used several shades of blue ink to do this and some small ink daubers. The last row was just barely blended with any ink at all, just to make it not white.
The porthole was cut with an older die from MFT called Ocean View Porthole, which of course is currently retired. You can achieve a similar look using a pair of nesting circle dies and a 1/16 hole punch or you could even some brads or eyelets. I cut the porthole from a piece of patterned paper from the Happy Trails 6x6 paper pad. I used the blue woodgrain piece to keep "on theme".
The colored images were stamped using black archival ink onto the same heavy weight white card stock I used for the background. I colored the images using my Polychromos colored pencils and I listed them for you on a Kolour Map you can save for later.
I used my thickest piece of twine in my stash that looks very much like tiny rope to accent an equally tiny metal anchor I recovered from my stash. I bought this awhile ago from Stampin' Up! and they have since retired it, as they do. I'm sorry, but I am unable to link to either of these items. I taped the twine to the back of my tiny boat and tied it to the anchor.
I stamped the "you are my anchor" sentiment from the My Favorite Things NEW You Keep Me Afloat stamp set with the darkest of the blue inks used on the background. I also stamped the banner from the Wild Poppies stamp set also by MFT with the same blue ink and used the coordinating die to cut it out.
To put this card together, I added the background panel to a light gray card base cut to size A2 and scored in a top folding portrait orientation. To pop up the panel I first attached it to some white craft foam with tear tape adhesive. I used various depths of foam square to attach all of the images. I also added a glue dot to the back of the anchor to keep it in place on the banner. I did the same for the crab, except it has two- one holding him onto the banner and another holding him onto the cards background panel.
I hope I've inspired you to create something today. I absolutely love the nautical theme of the You Keep Me Afloat stamp set but If you are interested in checking out the entire NEW June Release from MFT (CLICK HERE!) and you will be wicked away to the online store.
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