Saturday, August 9, 2014

'You Anchor me' !

Hello friends,
Today I have a Nautical masculine card to share with you all. It's so not my usual style and my first real attempt at a Masculine card.So without further ado, here's a look at what I have made! :)
 And  an another view :
To create the base of my card I have used a Woodgrain embossing folder. I cut the paper into long strips measuring 3/4 of an inch by 3 inch and embossed it in the embossing folder, then I distressed it using Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw Distress inks and tried to create the wooden plank kind of effect we see on water fronts! I have created the Sailor's knot on the either side of the sentiment banner and added a die-cut 'You' and stamped my sentiment using Lawn Fawn Harol'ds ABC stamp set.

Incidentally the sentiment banner is made from the smallest of the Timeless Tags 2 from Wplus9. I used the partial die cutting technique to create a long base for it so that it could be held by the sailor's knot on the two sides. So love using my dies in a creative way :) The life- buoy ring I have made using two circle dies and distressed it with Peacock Feather's Distress ink. The anchor in the centre is a wooden MDF piece which I have heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Silver Embossing powder on a MDF base and the four golden brads that you see on the corners are actually plain flat-backed pearls which I first coated in Versamark Ink pad, then completely covered it with Gold UTEE(Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat-set it and voila! you have a gorgeous golden brad-like embellishments and nobody will know the difference! *Winks* 

Here's a quick tutorial on how I created these Faux brads :

Hope you find this tip useful and that's about all the information regarding my card ! If you have been with me till now thank you so much for your patience :) I really wanted to share all the tips and tricks which went into making this card as I really had a lot of fun creating it !

Supplies used :
Card baseFabriano white cardstock, Fabriano Watercolor paper.
Dies : Ironwork Motifs Circle dies, Timeless Tags 2 from Wplus9, Simon says stamp 'You' die.
Embossing folder : Woodgrain Embossing folder from Darice.
Distress inks : Vintage photo, Scattered straw, Peacock feathers.
Versamark Dazzle Embossing ink pad and Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.
Stamp - Lawn Fawn Harold's ABC stamp set.
Embossing Powder : Ranger Superfine Silver Embossing powder, Gold UTEE.
Twine, Brads, Pearls and Studio Calico Stars Wood veneers.

Challenges entered :
BGC #56 : Nautical
Allsorts challenge blog :All Sentimental
Brown Sugar challenge : Use a Banner ( Made it to Top 3! )
Little Red Wagon : :Embossing

Hope you all like my card please do leave me your comment's /suggestion would love to hear from you :)
Have a nice day everyone !


  1. It is stunner Hussena-- I love all the elements and Especially the wood planks and the life buoy-- sheer genius to alter the pearls---love all the work you out into this beauty!!

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the wood plank background!! All of the techniques you used are fabulous!! This is beautiful!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. AWESOME card Hussena! The anchor looks awesome! Love the masculine colours you chose to go with! Fabulous. Thank you for the trick with the pearls..I so wanted brads like these. :)

  4. OHHHHH! It took me a second to understand what you were doing with the background! ABSOLUTELY amazing! I hate doing masculine cards but you rocked this one!

  5. Wonderful card! If this was your first attempt at a masculine card then you certainly nailed it! All the details are awesome. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  6. What a fabulous background Hussena and you have made your gents card with lovely.
    Julie x

  7. How neat, just love the board plank background, great tip for changing the pearls to gold!

  8. Super cute anchor... love the details...Thanks for joining us over at Brown Sugar Challenge~

  9. it is really fabulous idea of using the Golden Utee, nice bg and a beautiful card

  10. Fabulous card Hussena!!! Love the background, lifebuoy and the faux brads technique...and your sailor's knot is AWESOME!!!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at BGC :)

  11. Wow! Hussena, die Karte ist klasse für einen Mann.
    Gefällt mir sehr gut.
    Wunderschön gearbeitet :-)

    Herzlichst Sophie

  12. Oh wow. This looks amazing! I love how you transformed those pearls...clever!

  13. Oh my !!! :) This is classic nautical !
    Love ur brad idea and i really appriciate that you gave so much attention to detail with the sailors knots :)
    Thanks for joining us at Beyond grey challenges this fortnight !

  14. Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. Hussena, this is a fabulous, masculine card. I love the background and I really like nautical. Good job with the sailor's knot and the twine wrapped around the ring looks great. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

  16. Amazing card! You really cared about details here!
    Thank you for playing with us at BGC!

  17. Love it! That texture is awesome!! thanks for joining us at BGC!

  18. This is a terrific male card...I like your use of the bakers twine.