Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun alternative made with the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing dies! While the Come Sail Away Suite is one of my favorites, I really wanted to create a fun card with a tropical flair, but keeping it fairly simple. I did experiment with how to create the background with Stampin’ Blends, water coloring, and ink refills, I chose to use a drop of ink from the ink refills on a clear block because I liked this result the best! Add some tropical colored flowers and Viola! Tropical Sailing Home card!
For the base layer, I used a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and stamped the bigger sailboat in Gray Granite ink. Note-I just placed an order and it included the new watercolor paper, but it has not arrived yet and Thick WWCS is a great alternative:
I used my clear E block with a drop of Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Pumpkin Pie, and Calypso Coral ink refills, my aqua painter to spread the ink, and then spritzed with water. I already cut a mask for the sailboat, so then I just flipped the block over, making sure the Blueberry Bushel ink was around and below the sailboat, onto the Thick WWCS:
I wanted to “frame” the sailboat, so I used the fourth and fifth mat dies from the Stitched Rectangle Dies (first is the largest mat die) to cut out of Whisper White cardstock. I used the flower and leaf stamps from Butterfly Wishes, stamping the leaf in Granny Apple Green ink and the flowers in Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral inks, first in Pumpkin Pie and then the “rock-n-roll” technique with Calypso Coral, then fussy cutting out:
I used glue dots to layer and adhere the flowers and leaves into a cluster, then adhered to the frame with liquid glue:
The frame is adhered to the based layer with liquid glue and then the base layer is adhered with dimensionals to a Calypso Coral cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:
To tie the inside to the card front, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, create a mask for the flower, and stamp the leaves and flowers the same as the card front in the bottom corner:
Wasn’t that a fun tropical alternative?? I’m not big on fussy cutting, but the flower and leaf from Butterfly Wishes was very easy to cut, but you could easily substitute for any flower stamp and die you may have! If you don’t have the ink refills, you could substitute by using your stamp pad directly on the block and just “blend” the ink with your aqua painter.
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