Sailing Home


I was asked to design a Thank You card representing the town I live in for a realtor customer of mine.  We live on the bay side of the gulf where there are a lot of sail boats.  She also wanted to include the high school colors which were maroon and black.  I will say she was very happy with these.

To start, I used Merry Merlot card stock cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4".  The mat, in black, is 5 1/4" x 4".  I adhered the black to the base card with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  

Next, I took a piece of Basic White card stock 3 3/4" x 5" to use as my palate.  You cannot really tell in this picture, but I put the white card stock and used the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  I did not run it through the Stampin' Cut and Embossing Machine because it would have created a deep pattern and I wanted a subtle one.  Additionally, I did not want the whole piece embossed but a portion of it and the indentation would have been too marked.  So.....I took a rolling pin and rolled across the embossing folder (actually had to press fairly hard).  Since I needed 25 of these - I enlisted the help of the hubby.  

With Balmy Blue color ink, I took a blending brush and lightly colored the sky.  To create the sunset, I used the circle stamp from the High Tide stamp set (Annual Catalog). Then I used Bumble Bee ink (In-color 2020-2022) and stamped off once.  I placed a post-it note onto the card stock and stamped half the circle.  With the blending brush, I dabbed in Bubble Bee (remember to dab off first on paper) and just went back and force a little under the half circle.  I added a little Calypso Coral for orangey color. 

Next I added Night of Navy ink, still using the blending brushes.  With the brushes, you don't want to start directly on the paper.  Have some other paper underneath - start there and move on to your paper in circular motion.  Keep adding color until you have the desired effect.  I avoided the sunset area.  Initially I had put the blue first on the whole "water" part but it made the sunset too messy.  

Once I was happy with my landscape, I stamped the smaller sailboat from Sailing Home stamp set (Annual Catalog) in Momento Black ink directly onto the paper.  I added the birds stamp from the same set still in the black.  

This picture shows a little bit of the pseudo waves that I made.  I colored the sails with Bumble Bee ink and a Water Painter (Annual Catalog).  I took a piece of sponge, and in Merry Merlot ink, I lightly sponged around the edge of the landscaped paper.  

On a smaller piece of white paper, I stamped the larger sailboat stamp.  Using the Smooth Sailing Dies (Annual Catalog), I cut out the sailboat.  I was able to use the Mini Stampin' Cut and Embossing Machine because of the size and it was super easy and smooth.  Next, I colored the sails of the larger sailboat using the water painter in Merry Merlot ink.  I adhered the sailboat using Stampin' Dimensionals.  

For the sentiment, I cut the scalloped oval from the Double Oval punch (Jan - Jun 2021 Mini Catalog).  I stamped with a sentiment from Peaceful Moments stamp set (one of my favorites - it has everything and the font is beautiful!) in Merry Merlot ink.  I took the birds from the High Tide stamp set and just touched the one bird with black ink and put one above and below my sentiment.  Using the dimensionals, I attached to the front.  I adhered the whole piece to the black matting using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  

The inside has a piece of Basic White 5 1/4" x 4".  In the lower right hand corner I put a little bit of Night of Navy using the blending brush.  I stamped the smaller sailboat.  Then I added the sentiment the customer requested.  

Don't forget to give your envelope a little love too!  

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