Thursday, 16 February 2012

A Ship's Journey

Morning all!  First of all I would just like to say a great big thank you for all the wonderfully supportive comments that you left on the blog yesterday!  I found myself in tears reading them all.  And yes, keeping that a secret has been killing me!  I wasn't supposed to put up any sneak peeks just yet, but it got the best of me, I just couldn't stop myself!  Maybe another one tomorrow too since I have already been bad! LOL
More ships for today though!  I have used the cracked glass technique on this sample.   This is a really fun technique to use with your ultra thick embossing powders and it is especially nice with those vintage and grungey styled cards too.  I stamped the ship using a coffee archival ink pad on to a cream card.  I heat set it so that the ink was good and dry.  I used a clear perfect medium pad and inked the entire piece and poured clear ultra thick embossing powder over it.  I heated this from below the card so that it would give a nice smooth finish (heating from the top gives it a bumpy finish most times).  I applied three coats of the ultra thick in the same manner to build up a nice thick layer.  Next step is to pop it in to the freezer for several minutes.  I usually leave it for about 8 to 10 minutes.  It will curl up as it gets cold.  When you remove it from the freezer, bend it back flat and you will get these really nice cracked pieces. If you are happy with the cracks, you can ink over them to accent them even more.  If you haven't inked the cracks and you don't like the way they have come out,  just reheat it and it will melt back together!  I cut a circle frame out of some dark gray coordinations card and sanded it to distress it.  That piece was then mounted on to a slightly larger dark brown circle frame and I added some faux screw brads to them, giving it a porthole look (again, hey it's a ship, I just see portholes!)  I tore a piece of Tim Holtz glassine paper and crumpled it.  I lightly swiped the top with walnut stain to bring out the wrinkles a bit.  I stamped a light gray piece of card with the sentiment on the bottom, the map stamp on the top and attached the glassine and a few strands of jute before attaching my porthole and ship.  I stamped the telescope and cut it out and attached it to the corner.  I distressed all the edges of the gray card and mounted it askew on to some dark brown distress card to complete the entire piece.  See, I don't just do frilly, girly stuff all the time!  Hope you like it!  Sam has put an amazing tutorial on her blog on how to make the sailors knot (like I showed on my first ship card).  You can check it out at www.http://www.creative-studios.co.uk and don't forget to tune in to see Sam's shows on Friday at 10am and 2pm for more inspiration!  All for now, Sue x

125 comments:

Hellma said...

Great effect Sue, love the glass effect, can,t wait for tommorows post. Have a wonderful day.

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Another brilliant card... Can't wait for another sneak peak... Not long to wait for us now.. Tuesday 9pm its gonna be a busy show.. Px

Sonia said...

Good morning Sue, you must have the creative energy for 100 people - including mine. You always create such inspirational cards- and each so very different (apart from the big bows!). Looking forward to tomorrow's post. Thank you so much for my prize - it is amazing.
Blessings
Sonia - St Helens

Jan said...

Absolutely stunning. I just love it Sue. The porthole was an unusual touch but so effective, wow.x

CraftyLoops said...

Wow, wow, wow! Im gobsmacked and lost for words. This has just blown me away Sue. I love this, its amazing. Everything about is just perfect. Lee x

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue

Another lovely 'ship' card, the grunge look is beginning to grow on me now. Love Sam's stamps and will be watching on Friday and can't wait for your shows next week.
love Jean x

Missmizog said...

Morning Sue
Love this technique i have tried this one after seeing you demonstrate it and it looks amazing.
Sue

Vee Cassidy said...

Oh Sue this is absolutely wonderful I will be back and forward to look again several times I like this so much. I love Glassine paper so love to see it being used. I am playing with string at moment too it is very hairy but fun! I am off to admire your card some more. Of course you don't just do pretty girly cards I remember all your early shows on C and C. You brought some great techniques and distressing etc. Loking forward to more of these. Vee xx

Heather said...

Morning Sue I love this card and I only have to wait until tomorrow to get my hands on the stamps. I have used this technique after watching you demonstrating it, I have also used it on clock faces which looks amazing.
Heather x

Carole Z said...

Fantastic card Sue, really great sensation of looking through a porthole! I was playing with string yesterday following Sam's tutorial! Have a super day, Carole Z x

Ria said...

Hi Sue
What a wonderful, stunning male card, I love love love it.
I am looking forward to seeing Sam's stamps tomorrow and please do reveal some more of your spellbinder dies.
Ria

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great card Sue. I am off to see Sams blog to check out these knots

Really looking forward to her shows and of course yours

Sue xxx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great card Sue. I am off to see Sams blog to check out these knots

Really looking forward to her shows and of course yours

Sue xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Sue, I love these vintage grungy style cards. I have used the Utee technique often but the idea of heating it from below was new to me, very clever, thanks! Must get me some of that TH paper, it looks amazing. The whole card is just stunning!

Looking forward to seeing more sneakpeeks too!

melanie said...

Great Idea must try the crackle effect, cant wait till tomorrow for your reveal . Melanie

Lorraine H said...

Fantastic and thanks fo the link to Sam's tutorial, will be getting my self in knots later! Lorraine x

ang said...

great card the porthole actually looks like its metal, thanks for the inspiration and the daily posts, have to read them before going to work angxx

Anonymous said...

Clever card again Sue, I would have thought the porthole rim was made from something more sturdy than card. Thanks for bringing us all these great techniques. Mabex

nattyboots said...

How amazing is this? Love it, love it, love it, Gosh your such an inspiration, Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent { and thanks for the stamps got them yesterday } Elaine H x

Victoria said...

Incredible! Love the idea of the porthole and crackled glass! Fabulous!

Maggie said...

A great grungy male card I love It!!! The cracked glass tech is a fav of mine and I adore the effects you have acheived for the porthole in all FAB-U-LOUS Sue just my style :)

Sams shows on record to watch later!

Maggie

joy said...

Morning Sue
Great card love the effects.
Has for the sneaky peaks keep them coming and remember you are not bad
you just bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.
joyce.e

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, love this card, it is so detailed and very distressed with character. Glad that you got so many positive comments yesterday all well deserved. All the best Suzie B xx

Clare said...

Great card Sue, love the way you have made the porthole. Looking forward to seeing more of your die designs.

Clare x

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow super ... love the design great for a man ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

marg said...

Good Morning sue
This card is a work of Art,
Fantastic ! I think I would be loathe to send this to anyone they would have to be special !
You are clever...
LoveMarg

Christine said...

Love this technique, so effective x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
well what a really great mans card. I love the idea of the porthole. Ive used that glass method with embossing powder, but when I cracked it I through it away. Now I know not to, thanks to you. When I first saw your card today I thought the porthole was metal.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L

lainey said...

WOW Sue you are on al roll!!! I love it!! sometimes it's good to step away from the girlie cards, mens can be just as fun, they look great :) lainey x

mgq said...

fab card. looking forward to seeing more of your lovely dies tomorrow. marieq

Lydia Jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Not the type of card I would usually go for I'm not really into grunge but I must say this is very effective and I could give it a go.
Have a great day
Lydia
XX

veronica said...

loving these ship stamps - and that is a great card!

hazel said...

Morning Sue, Fabulous card. Loving the ship theme at the moment. fished out my illustrated box o knots to practice my knots with. Really like the look you get with the glassine paper, think thats something else for my shopping list. xx hazel

Sandra F said...

Super card Sue.

Patricia said...

Oh! My! Word! Sue here you are again with another great Man`s Card.
Love it, really looking forward to getting some of these stamps

Patricia xx

dutchess said...

Wow Sue that is just an amazing card just imagine opening up that envelope!!!! and how I would treasure such a work of art!!! really looking forward to the C&C shows will be recording them all!!!!! take care Margaret

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue

yes your blog family love your work and you. Your talent for card making is brill. Go on you can tell us.lol Wont go off the page.lol
Well this is a new way of card making for me. Like it very much. i will have a go at it when i buy the gear. but saving for the craft show now. Not long to wait. Love all the card is kept in theme. Porthole idea is wonderful.well done
born again spell binder
Nadine hug x
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, you deserve all the supportive messages you get. This is a great card even for someone like me who is not really into grunge and would be brilliant for a couple of male friends. Very clever idea to put the embossed piece in the freezer to get it to crack - where did that come from? Sneaky peak tomorrow? Can't wait!
Frances

cardsbyann said...

Oh wow, this is so cool! I haven't tried that cracked glass technique but now I have to give it a try. What a fabulous effect!
-Ann M
http://cardsbyann.wordpress.com/

Jen said...

Another Fab card, you are such an inspiration!

Marie-Louise said...

Brilliant card. Have already been on Sams blog and tried out the rope knot - great and very easy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, love this card. Would make a great bereavement card for a male. Those are so tricky. The UTE tile technique is on of my favourites & I use it quite a lot. Have not used glassine papers yet. Will have to give them a go. With Love & Light Theresa. H

auscrafts said...

greats cards Sue ,need more sneak previews ,roll on Tuesday I can't wait that long

scrapper said...

Fabulous card Sue. I've not used glassine so may give it a try. Can you explain why you used archival ink as that's what Tim Holtz is using on his distress pen tutuorial so obviouosly the experts think its great. Why is is it better and in what circumstances?
All set for Sam's shows tomorrow and yours next week - can't wait

Redanne said...

Love this card, it is amazing how realistic the porthole frame is and I love the rustic feel of the card. You constantly amaze and inspire me!

Maryann said...

WOW another stunning card here, I just love how this looks, and will have to go and try this glasseffect sometime soon too, as it really looks amazing. This card is great for many occasions and I love it.
You sure deserved all the great comments you´ve got, as you ARE the master of Spellbinders, that´s for sure, and I can´t wait to see a lot more from you, that´s for sure. I know, it´ll be just awesome.
Have a wonderful day hun and lots of fun.

AnneRD said...

Another great card Sue Love the nautical theme and what techniques! I don't think you realise what an inspiration you are to all your blog followers, especially new crafters. Not only do you post every day, but you also give detailed descriptions of the cards. Anne x

Maid of Kent said...

Morning Sue, l am struggling for inspiration to do a mans card at the moment, struggle no more, you have come to the rescue yet again. Thank you Sue. Lol Ann

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, You've done it again!! A sensational card! The best so far. Looking forward to the show tomorrow. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Tammy Ortiz said...

Wow sue this is so amazing!
I love the ship theme '
Hugs Tammy

http://tammyscrapincorner.blogspot.com/

Sue J said...

Another scrummy card. :) I love the way you swap between styles to make cards that look so different. Even when I try to change my style, something always appears that makes them look very similar. :)

Jenny, said...

Yet another brilliant card... Oh these stamps are gunna be such a must for men cards :)

Vicki Sharkey said...

This is a really clever card Sue. I wish I could get the ideas that you do! I guess that's why it'd your blog and not ours, LOL
Vicki:)

gwen70 said...

Great card Sue, can't wait for tomorrows sneaky peep

Claveh said...

I absolutely love it, Sue, I did not think that this would be for me, but I just love it!
Thanks for the idea!

Knerten said...

Oh, I like this card, Sue ! Love what you have done here, and the techniques you are using. Awesome !

jan said...

HI SUE, ANOTHER AMAZING CARD, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT'S IN STORE TOMORROW.
LOVE JAN X

Lizzie said...

Super card with the techniques i just love it.
Your not bad your just making people happy with the sneaky peeks, roll on tomorrow for more and Sam's shows on Fri
Thanks
Lizzie (Serial copycat)xx

Fiona said...

Great idea - love the technique

Debbie Tinks said...

SUE LOVELY MANS CARD

bhavana said...

oh, wow!! That was my first reaction when I saw this card. Truly Brilliant! Cant wait to see more from you! will be tuned in to see you next week!

Ellie said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Lexie said...

Ooh...another absolutely gorgeous man's card. It's beautiful.
xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, super card & loving the tips & techniques & use of assorted materials. Really great mens cards which are always difficult. Can't wait for the shows. Have been on Sam's blog to see the tutorial for the knot. Thank you both. Ann W

baconbits said...

Sue you are converting me, i was not sure of aged and grungy cards as i was well on the side of perfect straight lines, ribbons and bows, but with these last few cards i am emerging onto a different level.
this is a great effect and one i will be trying.
Yes please to another sneak peak, as you say you have already been bad (but oh so good)
Tuesday at 9pm is so far away, the stock will fly..
TFS
Hugs Amanda x

Ayelet said...

The glass effect is wonderful!
Another stunning card!

Lynnus said...

That's just teasing! No fair! Love this card - just as I have with every one you have posted. Can't wait for the peek tomorrow or the show when it comes on. Will have to start getting some videos ready to tape all your demos! x

Victoria said...

The men in my life would LOVE this card. Inspirational!

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Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, I love the look of the porthole! Wonderful idea to put screws on it! I love the cracked glass too! Wonderful card!

Dianne said...

Fabulous card Sue and I love it when you give us naughty 'sneak peaks' of what's coming up and how to use 'em!
Love Dianne x

Clai01 said...

I think Sam needs a pat on the back for designing these new stamps and the cards are fantastic, looking forward to the shows.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I love this card, it is so wonderfully grunged up, thanks for sharing. Can't wait for tomorrows shows. Hugs Annette x

lorraine (classylady) said...

great card Sue, all different techniques and dirty hands...

lorraine
xxx

Cumbrianlass said...

Hi Sue, as you say, you certainly don't just do girly, this card is brill the stamps will be in my basket as soon as they are out.
Janet

May said...

O my word, FABULOUS!! O my goodness I Love it!!! you clever creative lady!!!!, Hugs May x x x x

CraftyJo said...

Fab-U-Lous! Nothing else to say :)

Ruthie said...

What an amazing card I have never seen anything like it, a work of art indeed.

eileen.fj said...

Hi Sue
Another great card for men-love the different techniques.
Eileen x

Elaine said...

Perfect card for the men in my family they love the sea....
I do like the grunge look,but I don't grunge my cards very often but just sometimes it can look
"just right" !
Love this card, it is so different , I like the use of the string it gives texture.
Hugs
Elaine.W

Janet said...

Another good one----straight into my Sue file!!

Twiglet said...

Fantastic project - very unusual and perfect I think. x Jo

isobel said...

Hi Sue, Only 5 more sleeps, I've cancelled all plans for Tuesday and Wednesday. Love and Blessings Patricia x

Dawn Ruth said...

Fantastic card. Would be fab for Fathers Day

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. TFS.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Another great male card, looking forward to tomorrow's sneak peak. Yvonne xx

Dawn Louise said...

Another amazing card sue. Love it, only thing I would say is the white piece without a bit of ink looks stark against the grungey gorgeousness of the rest of the card, can't wait for the shows. Would love some girly inspiration using these stamps x

happy2craft said...

Hi Sue,
A great card again, this one is very effective, never used the glassine paper, looks good.Each day now is exciting to see what is going to be posted, lol.
Best Wishes
Happy2craft

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

A fantastic card Sue. I love the use of the ultra thick embossing powder to get the glass effect.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Craftychris said...

oooh I love the porthole - absolutely brilliant! Will watch Sam's shows tomorrow xx

gwendraeth said...

Not really into the grunge look, but if we all liked the same it would be boring,would like to be brave enough to try it... love what you have done with this card and the porthole is amazing
Gwenda

sue said...

Absolutely fantastic card, so realistic and I love the grunge
look, goes so well with this type of card. There are a lot of instructions but I will try and give it a go if I can get the stamps.
Look forward to tomorrow.

Sue M

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, WOW, another stunning card, love the grunge look, the porthole looks metal, great effect, have not used glassine paper, will have to get my hands on some. Will be watching Sam tomorrow, the stamps are gorgeous. Five more sleeps to your show. You deserve all the supportive comments and you are not bad, it must have been so hard to keep the secret for so long and you were only thinking of you blog freinds, so let a little out, can't wait for another sneak look. Have a great day.
Hugs, June x

Anonymous said...

Yet another stunning card. People often say that there aren't many ideas for masculine cards around these days but you seem to constantly come up with new ideas and new techniques that can so easily be adapted for either gender. Well done Sue you deserve all the accolades you get!
Grimsby Chris

PaulineC said...

Love the portholes. What a great idea. I also had not thought about remelting the UTTE if the cracks did not come out well.
Hope you enjoy your babysitting tomorrow as much as I shall enjoy watching Sam's shows.

lockedinmycraftroom said...

Fab card Sue, it has given me ideas for a couple of male birthday cards I need to do. I will be taping Sam's shows tomorrow.
Chris

gill said...

Lovely antique looking card.Looking forward to tomorrows sneak peek
Gill

Sue Parish said...

Hi Sue, Another super card and more techniques I've never been quite brave enough to try - but as I read your lovely clear instructions I could feel my confidence just growing and growing. I'm off to Sam's blog for that impressive knot now. Looking forward to her shows tomorrow and yours on Tuesday of course. Sue, I'm away from home at the moment but from others comments I guess the postman may have delivered my prize - so thank you very much. Sue x

Rosemarie said...

Hi Sue, Another fantastic card. I really must try the cracked glass effect it looks so good. I think I might have to rope my eldest daughter in for knots though, she was a Girl Guide after all, I just end up in a mess. Can't wait for tomorrows post.

Love Rosemarie xx

missypope said...

Hi Sue love all your cards, look forward to receiving your emails, hope you come back on tv very soon, looking forward also to seeing Sam tomorrow, have recorded as at work, take care xx

yorkshiresue said...

Such a lovely card.
Am looking forward to seeing you back on our screens, it seems forever since you were last on!!
Sue
XXX

Barbara said...

My favourite grunge card so far, its fantastic. Just bought the stamps from Sams shop and cant wait to try out your techniques. You and Sam make a great team at Creative Expressions and give us loads of inspiration. Have fun with the babysitting!!!

Teresa said...

What a brill card yet again. How do you come up with these ideas. Can't wait for Sam's show tomorrow to get the stamps and yours next week of course (the husbands not gonna like this)

Felicie said...

Wow What for a wonderful card.

lilysmum said...

Wow-how reaslistic is the porthole?! Card would look great as piece of wall art. Looking forward to next week's show. The recorder is already set for your fab demo's.
Best wishes, Theresa x

sheila said...

Such a lovely man's card, nice to be able to show them how much we care by having more crating things to work with and enabling us to show off our creativity to them for a change and not just ladies.

sheila said...

Such a lovely man's card, nice to be able to show them how much we care by having more crating things to work with and enabling us to show off our creativity to them for a change and not just ladies.

Helen O said...

Amazing card Sue, love the vintage distressed look, thank you for another guy card, thats my biggest downfall...no ideas for male cards!! Helen O xxx

Sandra Riley... said...

Oh my word! you have out done even yourself this time! what an amazing effect. I love it!
Can't wait for the next sneak peak Sue!
I can forsee early sell outs next week!
Huge crafty hugs
Sandra x

Craftycat said...

What an amazing card! I love the ship stamp but cannot choose between the two sets and cant get both at the moment! Can't wait to see Sam's shows too x

Lindyloo said...

Hi Sue,
I have purposely left my comment till later in the day today so I was less chatty and perhaps would avoid an essay again...LOL!!
Another inspiring card today Sue, lots of techniques and variation for us. I really like this one and the verse is lovely.
I have no song or film that comes to mind today, but your fabulous card did remind me of a quote on 'lessons in life' that I recently re-read. It is this:-
'Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.'
How true.
Well I am away to bed now, so take care and have a wonderful, fun time with Leah tomorrow and no spoiling her with your cookies...LOL!!!
Hugs Linda

Sue H said...

Hi Sue
Definitely a fantastic card for men but I would love to receive a card like that too.
Sue H. xx

inkypinkycraft said...

This is stunning, love it! Hugs trace x

Kazbomps said...

Wonderful card. The embossing is really effective. Karen x

elkeartsandcrafts said...

Well done, Sue. Not my preferred style, but beautifully designed.
Elaine J

CraftyCj said...

Love the port hole on this card... well a lovely whole card really x

goldiecraft said...

ooh, i love this, love the nautical theme, may have to get these stamps, jings my wish lost is getting soooooooo long. xx

Lynne M said...

Lovely card, ordered my stamps, can't wait for them to arrive. LOL Lynne M

Vie Carter said...

another great card Sue

Vie
x

Christine said...

This is a stunning male creation..we do get stuck for the men in our lives..love the metal look to the port hole fab card Sue.

smiles Christine x

Hanneke said...

Wow, wonderful effect with the porthole! Great colors as well! Hugs, Hanneke

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love these nautical cards! My father would love these. Have to remember this technique. Thanks for sharing!

Jane said...

Really love the map stamp will be looking out for this one.

Jane xx

Donna B said...

Love this card, absolutely wonderful and quite appropriate for my job....

Donna - Doncaster

miislucky said...

Wow! Another awesome male card!!! I love the glassine used and how you used it. I have to try this now. TFS! Mimi