Thursday, June 23, 2011


Ship for Father's Day

I just thought I would share with you what I made my Dad for Father's day. I got the idea from Melanie Shulenburg. You can see her beautiful creation and her instructions HERE. This is my attempt:

To get the ship image I followed Melanie's instructions and used My Digital Studio with the digital The Open Sea stamp set. I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" blank project and placed the stamp on the project, increased the size until I was happy. This took several times of making it larger and printing on regular paper to see how big it would turn out. I could have gone even larger, but this still worked.

The sky was created by punching out a piece of scrap cardstock with the 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle punch and lightly sponging around the scallops with Bashful Blue ink and a sponge dauber. You have to be careful how you place them to make them look more like real clouds though. Make sure to start at the top and work your way down.

I tried to watercolor the ocean, but I didn't like how it looked so I ended up just using acrylic paint and painting the ocean. I'm not ecstatic about it, but it looks okay.

The ship was colored in with an Aqua Painter and several shades of re-inkers: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip. I found that the best way to get the gradient color on the sails was to go over the entire sail with the plain Aquapainter then go over it with So Saffron, only picking up a tiny bit of ink each time. Let it dry for a few minutes, 5 maybe, and then go from the shaded area down with Soft Suede ink only picking up a tiny bit of ink each time. You can always add more later if you need to, but it's really hard to get rid of one dark streak from picking up too much ink color at once.

I used Tombow Multi-Purpose adhesive to adhere three toothpicks to the cardstock for the ship masts. A combination of Sticky Strip and Tombow were used to adhere the thread for the rope. The sails were curled with my bone folder and were adhered to the cardstock with lots of Stampin' Dimensionals.

I think I would like to try this again. My Dad really loved it and thought that it was really cool.