Do you like pirates? My husband loves the pirate theme so I decided to make him a card fit for the best pirate I know! Arghh!
I'll admit, this took some time because of the stamping and coloring but I know he'll love it so it's all good! The fancy fold base card is not hard and very quick to make so you can always simplify it and still get a great card.
The card base is a fancy fold style called Dutch Door because of the two flaps at the bottom that meet in the middle and the flap for the top section. When displayed, the card front rests on the flaps and it turns into a sweet easel card. This is digressing a little but I was a child in the 70's and I thought Dutch doors were the bomb back then! It was fun to think of that while I was making this one.
I used three brad sets in this card. They were perfect pieces to enhance and make this card extra special!
The base of my card is made with teal card stock. You can't go wrong with teal for a nautical card because navy, gold, brown, pink and coral looks great with it and they happen to be common colors for nautical images.
The pieces needed for these cards are:
Solid Card Stock:
Main card base - 4 1/8" x 10" Score at 5 7/8"
Flap for the doors - 2" x 8 1/2" Score on each end 2 1/8"
Designer Paper: Front Flap - 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" Inside of Card - 5 5/8" x 3 7/8" 2 pieces for the door fronts - 1 3/4" x 1 7/8"
You'll also need several pieces of white card stock for mats.
Front flap mat - 4" x 4"
Inside mat - 5 3/4" x 4"
For outside and inside door mats: 1 7/8" x 2"
Front image and sentiment - approximately 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die) Inside image and sentiment - approximate 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die)
Attach the smaller teal card stock piece to the back of the larger piece with glue so you can close the door flaps at the bottom of the card. Glue the mats and designer paper to the outside and the inside of the card.
Next I stamped and colored me matey, his fish and the treasure chest sea bottom image. You'll see in the photos that I used yellow initially to make the sentiment glow but I didn't like it. Shall we say it reminded me of small children in a pool doing what kids do in a pool? Not good! I used a light turquoise marker and went over it. That's why the finished pictures show turquoise around the sentiment instead. The yellow was light so it was no problem going over it.
I cut the fish out using my Brother ScanNCut and trimmed the chest scene with my scissors. You can easily fussy cut all the pieces but I'm lazy! Haha! I glued these to the inside of the card and prepared the Funky Fish Brads to go into the scene. I was so busy constructing the card, I forgot to put the brads in before I glued the mats down. Since I didn't want the brad prongs to show, I just cut off the prongs and used glue dots to adhere the decorative part of the brad to the card. Problem solved!Then I stamped and colored the interior lady pirate and stamped the Father's Day message. I adhered everything inside the card and also added a strip of Fancy Pearl and Jewels Bling in blue from the store. It reminded me of air bubbles and was a perfect touch the vibe I was going for! Here you can see how I placed the Funky Fish in the watery scene.
To finish the front of the card, I attached the male pirate image to a gold mat cut from fine gold glitter card stock at approximately 3" x 4 1/4". I embellished the mat with a Compass Brad. I think you'll agree that gold on the mat and the brad is gorgeous on teal! The matted image was then glued so the bottom is about an 3/4" below the flap. This creates the notch that holds the doors open when you display it. The front flaps are decorated with sand dollars and starfish from the Sea Shore Brad Set. The pirate stamps are from Jessica Lynn Originals called Pirate Brentwood Owl. The fish & treasure chest scene is from a Stampendous set called Nautical Treasure.
As you can see, this card folds flat for mailing or giving. I found the brads were perfect to tuck the flap shut before mailing and it makes a pretty presentation before they open the flap and get the full effect of the design.
This card can be adapted to any occasion, season or reason! Use your imagination, grab your nautical themed stamps and brads and get creative! Thanks for stopping by.
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