The Open Sea II – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #604

Hey There,

This is my second free tutorial this week using the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets The Open Seas and Clockworks.  These two sets together make such great masculine cards.  I don’t know about you, but masculine cards are hard for me to come up with.  With Father’s Day approaching this card will come in handy.

My turtorial today features a little bit of direct to paper, watch out this technique is addictive.  Check out the tutorial below.


I’ve added the featured card of the day to my sales page where you will also find some great deals on retired stamp sets and my brayer video.  CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT


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CLICK HERE to view the free tutorial.


If you wish to purchase the advanced brayer picture tutorial for this card you can find it HERE ON MY SALES PAGE.


Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Project Supplies:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Clockworks (item #127292) and The Open Sea (item #123032)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Regals Patterns Stack

Ink: Stampin’ Up!Basic Black, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Stampin’ Up!  Sponge, White Gel Pen, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Argyle Embossing Folder and Big Shot Machine


Stamped the Seagulls stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Clockworks set using Soft Sky ink on a 3″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.

Smeared the Soft Sky ink pad behind the stamp image.

Stamped the image again using Marina Mist ink and then smeared Marina Mist ink behind the image.


Stamped the image a third time using Pacific Point ink.

Smeared Soft Sky ink at the bottom of the card stock to create the water.

Lightly smeared Marina Mist ink in at the bottom of the card stock.

Smeared Pacific Point ink in at the bottom of the card stock.

Stamped the Ship using Stazon Jet Black ink.

Added lines of ink using the very edge of the Pacific Point ink pad under the ship to blend the Black water lines into the Pacific Point ink.

Added White Gel Pen to the sails.

Sponged Basic Black ink around the edges of the card stock.

Cut a 2 7/8″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic Black card stock and cut a “v” out of the bottom.

Embossed it using the Argyle embossing folder and Big Shot Machine.

Cut a 4.75″ x 6.25″ piece of DSP and ripped the edge off of the bottom.

Embossed the DSP using the Argyle embossing folder and Big Shot Machine.  Note:  the paper does not all fit in the folder.  There will be a edge around the DSP that has not embossing.

Smeared the Marina Mist ink pad over the DSP to darken the embossing a bit so it shows up better.

Added the Basic Black piece and then added a Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and adhered it to the back of the DSP.  Slipped a shorter piece of ribbon under the other and tied a knot.


Added a 5″ x 6.5″ Basic Black card base and then my main image was added using Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up.

Her is the finished card.

May you have a safe journey today and every day.

Until my next post. . . . . .

Huge Hugs!

Weight loss in 2013: 23.4 lbs




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With Stampin’ Up!’s announcement  of the new Hostess Code, we can now “pool” Online Orders together (place them individually, orders will ship directly to you – within the US only, but use the same hostess code). When smaller orders are put in together, the larger order qualifies for HOSTESS BENEFITS.

That means FREE STAMPS (or other products) I can SHARE with YOU!
So let’s get started with May’s Online Mystery Hostess Workshop!
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Simply use the Hostess Code below and place a minimum order of $50 (before tax and shipping) in my online store by 11:00 pm on Wednesday,  May 22, 2013.
Important: To be part of the Online Mystery Hostess Workshop, once you add your first item to your shopping bag the hostess code must be entered just below the Special Offers section and it should say Michelle Zindorf as the Hostess.
Once all the orders are placed, on Thursday morning May 23, I will draw ONE name to get hostess benefits on the entire order! I will email the winner to get your choices.
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Please do not put the hostess code in if your merchandise order is $150 or more.  You would lose your hostess benefits that you would have coming.


Michelle’s Free Stamp Program

Don’t miss out on my Customer’s free stamp set program. Check it out!  For your order of $50 in product using me as your demonstrator you will receive one virtual token.  Order $100 in product receive two virtual tokens, etc.  After you have collected 10 virtual tokens you will receive a free current stamp set of your choosing, a value of $30 or less.

Here is a link to my online shopping page that you can shop at 24/7 (from the comfort of your home, even in your pj’s) and the products will be shipped directly to your door step from Stampin’ Up.   CLICK HERE TO SHOP.   My free stamp set program will be an on going program.  :)

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I now have an online beginner brayer video class that will teach you how to brayer a beautiful 3 color sky. CLICK HERE TO GET IT.


It’s that time of year to say goodbye to some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamps and accessories.  It’s time to snap up the stamp sets and accessories that are on your wish list.  Check it out before they are GONE, GONE, GONE.



Here is a link to my online shopping page that you can shop at 24/7 (from the comfort of your home, even in your pj’s) and the products will be shipped directly to your door step from Stampin’ Up.   CLICK HERE TO SHOP.


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3 responses to “The Open Sea II – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #604

  1. Maria Rodriguez

    Hello Michelle: I have this set and I love it, I mostly use it to make masculine cards and this one you made is stunning. I love how you shaded the bottom of the card stock to make it look like the sea, really awesome!! I love the Argyle EF, it’s on my list of things to get as soon as the new catalog gets to my house. I’m so glad they didn’t discontinued this one.
    Thanks for all your tutorials, you always explain every step so clearly that they are always easy to follow.

  2. Shelly Schmidt


  3. WOWZERS! This one is a Beauty! I love all the embossing too, thanks for the tutorial!