Monday, 18 April 2011

Masculine Monday - using Sail Away and Acetate

I always start the week with a masculine card and I'm beginning to realise that each time it is based on the Less is More challenge! I am powerless to resist (like so many of the other LiMettes out there!) as the challenges are always so entertaining. This week Chrissie and Mandi are calling for cards made using acetate. Aaaaagh! I NEVER use acetate for cards! But, of course, that's an excellent reason to start now! Here's the card I made:

I 've been wanting to ink up my Sail Away boat for ages and this was the perfect opportunity! I thought if I sponged a simple sea and sky for a background, I could stamp the sailboat onto acetate and layer it over the top.

This photo shows you the sponging. There isn't anything complicated about it at all - it's essentially three bands of colour. I swished the sponge across the card stock using a side to side sweeping motion. The sharp horizon line was made by holding a piece of paper over the sky area. The sea is highlighted with Whisper White craft ink dabbed on lightly with a piece of rough massage-style sponge.

I knew I was going to fix the acetate to the background layer with brads but I really wanted it to be raised a little. Of course, the thing about acetate is that you have to hide your fixings which meant I couldn't use dimensionals so I came up with this cunning plan...

... Setting eyelets in the background before pushing the brads through both layers! Oh I have a devious mind (or so my husband tells me!)

The card could have ended up looking too symmetrical - and I couldn't have that! - so I made a tab-style sentiment for it.

And the verdict? Using acetate was brilliant fun and I can't understand why I don't use it all the time! Thanks Mandi and Chrissie for pushing me out of my comfort zone again!

Here's how to make this card:
(This card is not a standard size - I made it to fit a 15cm square envelope I had.)

  • Cut a 9cm square piece of medium window sheet and stamp the boat image onto it using black Stazon ink. Set aside.
  • Cut a 12.5cm square piece of Whisper White card stock and lightly sponge So Saffron ink across the middle of it. Add Marina Mist ink above the So Saffron being careful not to overlap too much as you don't want a green sky! Hold a piece of paper over the sky and sponge Baja Breeze ink over the rest of the card stock. Very gently add a little Tangerine Tango ink in the middle of the sky to give the illusion of sunrise. Add highlights to the sea if you like using a rough sponge and Whisper White craft ink. TIP: When sponging backgrounds I always pay particular attention to the edges of the card stock which gives it more depth.
  • Hold the acetate over the background and pierce through both layers where you want the brads to be.
  • Set silver eyelets into the background piece with a cropadile and then attach the acetate layer to the background by fixing brads through the eyelets.
  • Stamp a sentiment and cut it out to make a tab. TIP: I always use my 1 1/4" square punch to help me with this. Stick the tab under the card with tape.
  • Cut a 29cm x 14.5cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold in half to create a card base and attach the sail boat panel to the card front.

Stamps: Sail Away, Vintage Labels (retired Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Black Stazon, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Medium Window Sheet, Silver eyelets and brads

Hope you've all had wonderful weekends. Spring has really taken hold here now and we're breathing the scent of spring flowers and enjoying the broods of ducklings on the river. The garden seems to have been taken over by Triffids and every time the children come in, half the outdoors seems to come in with them! I think it's time I stopped blogging now and removed some of it!

Thank you so much for your comments - I really do appreciate them. I shall be back tomorrow with Easter projects and I'll hope to see you then.


  1. Just wonderful!
    I've been looking at that boat stamp in the mini... I may just have to get it!
    Another inspirational submission Vicky!
    Thanks so much!
    "Less is More"

  2. A beautiful card, I love everything about it.
    xxx Hazel.

  3. A beautiful card and so perfectly executed. Thanks also for all the detail very helpful.
    You should frame this it's so pretty.


  4. A beautiful card - perhaps not just for men either. The background sponging is lovely, and yes, you do have a devious (but very clever) mind, lol. Lynn x

  5. Oh Vicky, trust you to not only come up with a fabulous acetate card but to enjoy making it too Lol.Love the sponging.
    Lynne xxx

  6. This is gorgeous! I really love how well your sponging came out. Such a prefect masculine card. Great way to start the week.

  7. Wow!
    I am going to book mark this now so I can CASE it when my sail away stamp arrives this week! I love it!

  8. love this - everything about it. thanks for the detailed instructions too. xx

  9. Hi Vicky
    Another stunner are soooo good ...i really the sponging ...what sponge ????? did you use .....Fabulous ...

  10. Oh Vicky yet another fabulous creation again.You may have a devious mind but you make devilishly beautiful cards lol.Just adore that boat and the clever sponging too :O) Viv xx

  11. Fab card Vicky. Your sponged background is superb. Love how you've used brads to attach your acetate. Sue.x

  12. Vicky, this is GORGEOUS..... away to CASE ! xx
    Margaret C

  13. Hi ya
    gorgeous card, fab image, luv how you have used the acetate, sue,x

  14. Love the muted colors, the design and your clever way of lifting the acetate up!

  15. Another beautiful card....I love it !!!

  16. What a lovely card, such a clever way to position the boat and instructions too! thanks Vicky :)
    Val x

  17. This is beautiful Vicky, I am going to have to CASE this. I love the three panels of colour.

  18. This is just stunning Vicky! Love how you've stamped the image onto the acetate and layered it over the sunset background! Might have to think about getting this Sail away stamp now!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  19. This is a beautiful card Vicky, gorgeous. Jo x

  20. Fantastic card Vicky
    You are such an inspiration...thank you!
    My hubby says Im devious in getting him to buy me shoes lol
    Thanks again, have a good week
    Less is More

  21. What a wonderful CAS card Vicky. Love how all your masculine cards are becoming LIM cards...just goes to show the CAS style works well for chaps cards.
    Great idea with the brads thru eyelets and wow..what a great sponged scene, the colours are just right :)
    Jenny x

  22. Beautiful card. The acetate looks the part in the sea theme , Ruth x

  23. How clever you are, Vicky! The background is beautiful and your "popped" acetate is lovely. This challenge really has me stumped!

  24. Vicky, this is absolutely beautiful!! I love the background...and the boat seems to float on the water!

  25. your scene is beautiful and I would like to be on the boat ;)

  26. such a gorgeous card best wishes Lesley x

  27. What a beautiful card! Love your background and the way you used the acetate

  28. Fabulous simple and clever, love that stamp ummmm, slaps wrist no money LOL XOXO Zoe

  29. What a very clever idea to use eyelets first before putting the brads in! Will definitely be stealing that you'll have to show me the sponging technique when you're over in the summer :) xx

  30. Vicky - a stunning card, as ever. Love it! Gill x

  31. Gorgeous, love your card:0) xxx

  32. Vicky - this is just brilliant!! I really like the seascape you've made, and the sailboat is a lovely image. Great way to mount the acetate too!

  33. Vicky this is fab. Your sponged background is great and a great idea using the eyelets. Think this stamp will be on a few shopping lists now! x

  34. Your background looks brill and would be a fab card on it's own but by adding the acetate and your "devious" ploy for lifting it - it turns into wonderful, stunning, exquisite! x

  35. You really know how to rise to a challenge, Vicky! Your use of acetate is brilliant (as is your way to dimensionally connect it to the card). The sponging is perfect... as usual. And putting the sentiment on a little tab... one more sign of your genious. :) Enjoy the rest of your week! (I'm all caught up again and it's not even Saturday! :) )

  36. A fabulous acetate "guy" card - hope you'll find yourself using acetate more


  37. My goodness this is a fab card, and its masculine and using acetate - you are one clever lady! You are also tempting me more and more with the Stampin up products. Never really come accross them before, I'm more a cute / whimsical stamper but I think I could be converted! Sarah

  38. What a stunning card! I am a sucker for any kind of sailboat and your card has me drooling! Will have to remember this technique...thanks for sharing!

  39. Fantastic idea to use the clear foil on the card! The card looks like a painting, wonderful, Vicky!


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