Making a Masculine Card Using Let's Get Nautical

Ever need to make a masculine card and just know that the nautical look would be perfect?  That was me today.  And it needed to really wow, so a CAS card was not going to work.

And I love a lot of nautical styles and color combinations, but navy, red and white is my favorite.

When it comes to card stock, I choose my favorites that are from Stampin' Up!  I went with Night of Navy – which was the first color ink pad I bought years ago – Real Red and Whisper White, and a touch of Crumb Cake.

For the layers, I knew I needed a couple of textures.  When adding a lot of layers, it can still look flat if you don't add texture or textures.  I kept the card base just the Night of Navy.  But then I dry embossed the Real Red layer with the Stripes embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  I also used their Square Lattice embossing folder for the navy and white stripes.  Those are just 3/8″ strips of Night of Navy adhered to Whisper White at 3/8″ intervals.  When you do that and then dry emboss it makes it feel like it was one piece of card stock.

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Then I went with the stamps from MFT, the Go Overboard.  I originally stamped the life preserver and then die cut it.  But then I tried die cutting it again using only the dies and no stamps, and I much preferred this look.  So the life preserver stamps went away and I stuck with the Let's Get Nautical dies.

I love the Linen Thread around the life preserver – it was a fun touch that makes it more life like.

And then the anchor – it is die cut using the Let's Get Nautical dies too out of the Silver Foil paper from Stampin' Up.

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That perfect sentiment was stamped using the Night of Navy ink.

To finish off the inside, I added another piece of Real Red along with a horizontal strip of the Navy and White dry embossed custom striped paper that I talked about above.

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It was so much fun to make this card.  I had a blast knowing exactly who it is going to and knowing that they will love this card.  And I had a lot of fun playing with these dies.

I hope that it inspires you to create a masculine themed nautical card.  I am sure that if you have been paper crafting for long, you have red, blue and white card stock.  Use whatever sentiment you have and go crazy!


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