Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: The Open Sea Edition

Welcome to the newest edition of the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring the popular nautical set The Open Sea.   Sail along as the Crew shares fresh ideas for these rugged images.

With several family birthdays in March, I chose this set for the guy cards.   The first has a very worn look.  I tore a few edges and burned others. 
Once I had all the layers adhered to the card front, I closed the card and burned some areas making the front and back symmetrical.
Stamping inside finished card
Burning the edges can be a bit messy.  I did this near a sink so the ashes could fall in the basin and I could put out the flames if it got out of control.  (It didn't but it does burn quickly so it is good to be safe!)   I let the fire continue to smolder in some areas so it burned deeper giving the irregular shape.

The next card (I think) is pretty cool mostly because I learned something new!  I wanted to make a ship in a bottle but could not find an image on the internet that was just right. So I made one with My Digital Studio!  I did it by editing a tag punch and combining it with several other simple shapes.
This was my first attempt to edit a punch and I have to say it is easy and fun!
Original shape
I stretched the top and added curved sides to make the neck of the bottle.
Large Oval Punch, Square Punch, Edited Tag Punch, Small Oval 
Once that punch was edited I overlapped it with other basic punches to make the rest of the bottle.  The ship is stamped on top as I only own the physical version of this set but if you had the MDS version of The Open Sea it would be easy peasy to add the digital stamp!

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  1. WOW Betty!! Awesome I love the burned card I would burn the house down if I tried that. lol cool on the punches that is very clever!

  2. Amazing techniques on both cards, Betty. I love the burned card and that bottle is so cool! Just awesome ideas!

  3. Two fabulous cards! Not sure I am brave enough to burn any card edges, but the result is stunning!

  4. You are a brave woman to burn the card stock - lol! It looks so cool. I love how you got creative with creating your bottle image.

  5. That first card is incredible! I love how you created the bottle with edited punches, too. Really cool!

  6. Betty, I love all the layers of your first card - way to be brave in burning it. I might have destroyed the entire project. Love Love your idea with the bottle and how you created it in MDS! Beautiful.

  7. Love the way you edited those punches to make the bottle. Very clever. Great projects too!

  8. What a great set of cards. The first pic looks like a wonderful pirate map! Arrrrrrrgh!

  9. Very impressive! I love the way the first card looks like a pirate's map! And you are amazing to take the time to figure out how to make a bottle with digital punches. Your patience paid off cause that card is also beautiful.

  10. What a great masculine pirate map card, complete with the burned spots! That ship in the bottle is pretty remarkable too! Thanks for the tips on how to create it :)