Sailing by Moonlight – Tutorial #443

Hey All,

If you receive my blog post via e-mail you may have one stacked on top of each other since I posted late last night and then early this morning.   Just don’t be surprised to see a post below this one in your e-mail.  🙂   I’m just trying to get caught up on news and to give you a project to work on.  So, here you go. 

Let’s get started on today’s tutorial. . . .  .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Sail Away and The Open Sea
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point and Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponge, Brayer, Markers (Pacific Point, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Night of Navy), Punches (1″ & 1 3/4″ circle, Photo corner, label, postage), Silver Brads and mini silver brad, Marina Mist ribbon, Big Shot Machine
Techniques: Brayering, masking

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Brayered Marina Mist ink on a 3.5″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

Brayrered Night of Navy ink at the top of the card stock.

Stamped the Stampin’ Up! Sail Away stamp using Night of Navy ink.

Colored the sails in with Marina Mist marker.   Added Pacific Point marker to the darker areas of the sails and the actual boat.  

Darkened the edge of the sale and bottom of the boat with a Night of Navy marker.  Colored over the sails with the Marina Mist marker to blend the colors.

Quickly dried the card stock using my heat gun.

Punched a circle from a post it note using a 1 3/4″ circle punch.  Used the post it note as a mask.

Sponged Whisper White ink in the circle to create my moon.  Sponged the ink darker at the top of the moon.

Removed the mask and added Basic Black ink to the right edges of the sails, bottom of the boat  and the flag.

Ripped a jagged edge in a post it note and used it to create the waves in the water.   Sponged Whisper White ink at the post it note edge.  Moved the post it note and repeated a few times.

Added white gel pen highlights to the sails, boat and waves.

Used Harlequin texture plate and my big shot machine to texturize a 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock.

Brayered Crumb Cake ink over the textured card stock to bring out the design more.

Stamped the stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set The Open Sea using Basic Black ink on Whisper White card stock.

Colored the image using a Marina Mist marker and Crumb Cake marker.  Punched the image out using a 1″ circle punch.

Punched a Postage punch out of Crumb Cake card stock and a Label punch out of Basic Black card stock.

Assembled my card by adding a 5″ x 6.5″ piece of Basic Black, 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8 piece of Pacific Point card stock, 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″ Basic Black card stock, Marina Mist Ribbon, 4 Silver Brads and 1 mini silver brad.  Also added 2 Basic Black card stock photo corners (sorry the photo corner punch recently retired).

Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

May your day be one of peace and pleasure.

Until my next post. . . . . .


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7 responses to “Sailing by Moonlight – Tutorial #443

  1. Lovely card – loved the way you colored the sailboat

  2. I have this stamp and love it. You just gave me a new idea on how to use it. Beautiful card.

  3. This is stunning!

  4. I’ve done sunsets with this set. (thanks to your Brayer Workshops), but I hadn’t thought about a night scene – maybe they intimidate me – but you make this one look easy – as always! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  5. I made this Beautiful card, Loved the way it turned out,, Thank You!

  6. Phyllis Gunn

    Michelle, I do so love it when you teach us how to make these awesome ocean scenes! You make it an attainable goal for those of us who are a bit challenged when it comes to designing a scene. I love the technique you showed us in making water waves!

    A special thank you for sharing your travel photos; I am especially drawn to the one with cattails. I have always had some sort of attachment to them but I do not know why. The bench scene would be my next favorite followed by all the rest. You are one awesome photographer!!! And South Carolina is beautiful!

  7. Very nice and great way to make this so nice card. It is very easy and looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us the complete making procedure of it.