Friday, February 18, 2011

You Give My Life Direction Ship Card in Purple

I've always had a fascination with historical sailing ships.  When I saw such a ship in one of my Dover royalty-free design books (Classic Tattoo Designs) I knew I had to make at least one card with the design.  I decided to find a card sentiment that would fit my ship image and settled on "You give my life direction".  Next I thumbed through my paper stash and found a gorgeous purple paper with compass images on it that had a nautical feel.  This paper became the base for my color palette for my purple sailing ship card.

Before sharing my card, I want to show you one thing I like about early mornings.

Picture of a sunrise

 These are pictures through my sliding glass doors one early morning.  Drinking a cup of coffee while watching the sun of my favorite times of day.

The Making of My "You Give My Life Direction Ship Card in Purple"

Card Statistics

Card Front

I used a periwinkle colored cardstock for the card base and created a separate front panel to adhere to it.  The front panel I constructed from grey cardstock and layered it with the purple compass paper.  Using the grey cardstock I punched out an oval and printed the sentiment "You give my life dimension" on it.  To add depth I sponged purple ink around the edge of the oval.  As an embellishment I used twine positioned at the top of the panel and attached the sentiment oval over it.  I popped the panel to the card base to add dimension.

For the focal point of the card I used the digital image of the historical sailing ship.  First I sized it and then printed it out on white cardstock.  I colored it with gamsol and colored pencils and then fussy cut it out.  Once it was cut out, I used a stylus to add dimension to the ship by rubbing the back with even pressure and the edges with a little heavier pressure.  I popped the dimensional ship to the front of the card.

Angle Views of Card Front to Show Dimension

The above pictures show a number of dimensional elements on my card front.  There is the front panel popped from the card base, the sentiment oval popped over the twine, and the ship sculpted and popped.

Card Inside

For the inside of the card I used a panel of grey cardstock layered with white cardstock.  I added a band of the compass paper along the bottom.

I created a coordinating envelope from heavy cover stock.  Before constructing the envelope I printed the historical sailing ship on the cover stock.  After constructing the envelope I colored the ship using colored pencils and gamsol.  To complete the envelope I sprayed the image with sealer to protect it in the mail.

Final Card and Envelope Combo

Picture of card and its coordinating envelope
I love the ship on this card.

Purchase this card in my Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: You Give My Life Direction Ship Card in Purple 

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1 comment:

  1. Exquisite sunrise photos! I could just sit and gaze out your sliding glass door all morning ... lol. Love your compass and ship card. The purple paper is gorgeous!


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