Hey Stampers, 

This week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Nautical, so I went with white embossed watercolor paper and an anchor stamp.  Gelatos were just the ticket to blend colors on this special watercolor paper.  Let’s get started!


  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Bible Journaling, Be Still 
  • MISTI Stamping Tool or an acrylic block
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers – Tea Dye, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire

Color the stamp with the marker, then huff on the stamp with a breath to give it a little moisture before you press it down on the paper.

After completely coloring the stamp with the distress markers, epeat the process by going over the same stamp with

  • Zig Real Clean Color Markers – Beige, Light Green, Deep Blue

After the coloring is complete, I used the fine point end of a Tim Holtz Distress Marker, Gathered Twigs to trace over the stems of the leaves. 

I don’t like that the sentiment is unclear, so later I re-do the ribbon banner on the anchor.       IMG_0439  The piece of cardstock is trimmed to 2-1/8″ x 3-1/8 “.  I want to have distressed edges so I get out my buzzy gadget to rough up the sidesIt is the Imaginisce D-Stress Tool, Engraver and Paper Edger.

IMG_0440 To give the edges an antiqued look, I used a finger dauber to go around the sides with Tim Holtz Antique Linen.  After I put ink on my finger dauber, I patted the dauber on scrap paper and then spread a faint amount of ink around the anchor image.  It’s handy to have a craft sheet to work on when inking. IMG_0443

Now it’s time to work on the front card panel.  I have a few pages left of a 6 x 6 inch pad of Prima Marketing, Inc Paintables Watercolor Paper.  This paper already has white embossed images on it.  I used my Cricut Trimmer to cut a piece to 3.75 x 5.0 inches.  I love this Cricut Trimmer!  It cuts evenly and the blade is sharp, so I get smooth cuts.  IMG_0444 I scribbled Cotton Candy Faber-Castell Gelato on the paper, then smoothed it out with a baby wipe.  How cool is this?

 Next I applied Pistachio Faber-Castell Gelato on the paper and smoothed it out. 

You can let this air dry, but this time I used my heat gun to dry it.  I wanted more intense color, so I added more blue.   IMG_0457  Repeat the process until you get the color that makes you happy.  IMG_0458  Dry the paper and go to the next step. 

This step is optional, but I was looking for all the texture I could get.  Spray droplets of water on the paper.  Wait a minute, then lay a cloth on it for less than a minute to absorb the wetness.  This will leave a spotted look on the paper.  

Gelatos don’t lift off the paper when sprinkled with water as Tim Holtz Distress Inks do, but you are left with a subtle difference in appearance.  After I dried this, I went around the edges with the buzzy gadget to rough them up.  IMPORTANT:  Dry the paper before distressing the edges.  In this photo you can see how the sprinkles of water marked the paper.  

IMG_0461 To darker the edges, go around them with a Chocolate Faber-Castell Gelato.  Then smooth it out with a baby wipe.

Now to add texture on top of the panel… I used a Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil and Ranger Textured Paste, applied with a spatulaPost-It Tape held the paper and stencil down so as not to move them.  Let this dry.

For thickness, I used a piece of Canson Watercolor Paper and trimmed it down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  Since the buzzy grinder took quite a while to distress, I got out the Tim Holtz distressing tool.  I went around the edges and then used the Cotton Candy Gelato again to go around the perimeter of the panel. 

To texturize what would be the front edge of the card, I spread the Chocolate Gelato on the craft sheet and spritzed it with water.  After I stirred it with a brush, I used the brush to paint the surface of a Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp.  I then went around the blue panel’s edge, re-inking the stamp as I went.  After it dried, which wasn’t long, I used Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Tape to adhere the panels together.

Before I adhered the anchor image to the front, I thought the anchor panel needed a dark edge around it.  I could have just darkened the edge of the panel, but I wanted it to be a little higher on this section of the card front anyway, so I just cut out another piece of watercolor paper to back it.  I trimmed it to 2.25 x 3.25 inches.  After I distressed the edges, I again used the Chocolate Gelato and smoothed it with a baby wipe.  I found that I could easily use the buzzy gadget on the sides, but it was hard to get around the corners with it.  Tim Holtz’ distress tool worked better for the corners. 

This was dried, then adhered to the back of the anchor image using the E-Z Tape Runner.  

It was time to adhere the card front to the card base.    I like cards that are top-folding, so I cut a piece of 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock to 4.25 x 11 inches.  With a Martha Stewart Score Board, I folded the card making a 4.25 x 5.50 inch card.  When I laid the card front on the front of the card base I could see the white edges of the card base.  I didn’t like that, so I inked the edges of the card base front.  So I wouldn’t get ink on the card back, I used Post-It Tape to protect the back.  A finger dauber was helpful getting Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Ink around the perimeter.  I wasn’t picky about smoothing out the ink since only a bit on the edge would be seen.  







The front of the card was then adhered to the card base with the E-Z Tape Runner.  I thought Lucy’s Little Things Sequins would good on this card, so I used Phosphorescence.  I love her sequins.  They ae so beautiful.  I also pulled out the blue-green ones from the pack, Sea Spray.  These were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue.


I mentioned above that I didn’t like the way the sentiment was stamped on the anchor.  So, picky me, I re-stamped the anchor with Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire Ink.  Then I used scissors to cut out the ribbon banner.  It wasn’t as hard as it looks.  It was adhered with the Ranger Glue.

I am very pleased the way this card turned out.  It was time consuming, yes, but a big portion of the time is in designing it.  Once you have a list of the supplies used and the steps to make it, it is much faster to assemble.  Why don’t you give it a try?  Just use what you have that is similar to the products I used.

Happy stamping and all that jazz,



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Nautical

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Add a Sentiment

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #296-#297 – Anything Goes


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4 thoughts on “Anchored

  1. Andrea Ockey Parr says:

    This is such a beautiful card! The techniques you used were fascinating and I especially enjoyed seeing the detailed pictures of your creative process. All of the textures you created were both lovely and rustic and the background is stunning! Thank you for sharing your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!


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