Sea Street Maritime Paper Tole Card

by Joanne James16. April 2015 08:05

It's Thursday and time for another challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary, where this week we have a new sketch challenge for you:

I took quite an unusual approach with this card and decided to try out a new technique that was highlighted on a recent Splitcoast Stampers newsletter - paper tole, where you cut elements of your one layer card using a craft knife to create a raised almost 3D effect. Take a look at my card and then I'll share with you some tips:

I decided to use a sheet of highly patterned Maritime Designer Series Paper for my card front; I haven't used this paper in a while and it is one of my favourites, so thought it opportune to give it some love again for a change! It also has lots of great co-ordinating patterns that made it easy to add my angled layers on the left hand side. 

I decided to use the octopus as the focal point for my card, and based my cutting line around that. To create the paper tole effect, I cut some of the upper 'layers' of his legs and rubbed the reverse side with the rounded end of my pokey tool to create a raised cardfront, that is accentuated by placing dimensional behind the cut pieces. You can see that better in the photo below:

I wasn't sure this would work with DSP as the technique suits a thicker cardstock or watercolour paper, but it actually worked quite well and I'm pleased with the overall result. I included some minimal stamping, in the little banner that the octopus is holding, but otherwise, this card is all about the paper! 

I was having an interesting discussion with one of my customers yesterday about sketch challenges and I thought I would just take the opportunity in my post to just mention a few of the things that we were talking about - if you've ever considered having a go at one, but were holding back because you weren't sure, you may find the following useful:

  • The sketch is for inspiration - it should be used as a guide.
  • You don't have to interpret the sketch literally, but your challenge card should bear a resemblance to it and share key elements. So for example, with the sketch above, I would expect to see a focal image, but it can usually be any shape and doesn't have to be exactly the same as the one in the sketch (I used the octopus) some form of flag/embellisment/sentiment banner (I used my Hi! banner garland) and some form of treatment on the left (I layered my DSP).
  • The number of mats and layers isn't prescriptive; I did choose to go edge-to-edge with my DSP for this card, largely to fit everything in and because I didn't want a border to distract, however had I been using a punched image for my focal point, I might have created a bordered mat - that would have been ok too.
  • You should take note of the challenge rules; all challenges are different, e.g. the Create With Connie and Mary Challenge requires you to use Stampin' Up! products only, others may restrict the number of challenge entries you can combine or have other guidelines to be adhered to.

You will notice that all of the design team have interpreted this week's sketch challenge differently, yet all of them bear a resemblance to the sketch - hence you get lots of additional creative inspiration on how to interpret the sketch and use your SU! products. So enough from me - go get your inks, stamps and paper and see what you can make of this week's sketch  - we look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery. 

That's all from me - back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

  • Maritime Designer Series Paper
  • Back To Basics Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Banner Punch
  • Paper-Piercing Tool
  • Stampin' Pierce Mat
  • Basic Black Baker's Twine
  • Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Night Of Navy A4 Card Stock
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Comments (8) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
4/16/2015 1:32:32 PM #

How fun is this....thanks for the tips on this technique!  It's so cool!


Jenny Engelke
Jenny EngelkeUnited States
4/16/2015 2:20:20 PM #

Oh wow, Joanne!  This is waaaaaayyyyy cute!  I love the banner the octopus is holding!  Just clever!


Alison Barclay
Alison BarclayAustralia
4/16/2015 11:07:41 PM #

Such a fun card! Your octopus holding the banner is genius! Thanks for the tips re sketch challenges....when I first started out card making & blogging, I would try and follow them exactly but sometimes I would sacrifice good design and creativity for perfect sketch accuracy....which I now realise is not necessary.  Thank you for sharing! xx


Chris Slogar
Chris SlogarUnited States
4/18/2015 1:19:37 PM #

What a great choice of papers and a great technique!  I love the subtle detail of the octopus being raised up to make him the focal point, and the banner is really cute!  Really fun card!


Lisa Young
Lisa YoungUnited States
4/18/2015 2:18:51 PM #

What a fun technique! It looks pretty simple to do and I love the effect. Thanks for giving me another use for this fabulous paper!


Lisa Martz
Lisa MartzUnited States
4/19/2015 3:37:44 PM #

What a fun, bright "hello" card!  Great to send during the summer months when we are all outdoors and either at the beach or wanting to be!  Love how you popped up the octopus...neat idea!


Margaret Raburn
Margaret RaburnUnited States
4/22/2015 5:18:16 AM #

What a creative way to use this paper!  Using the octopus as the focal image and using this technique to accentuate him is such a grand idea, as is that darling banner he is holding!  Such a fun card!


Bridgette Jones
Bridgette JonesUnited States
4/23/2015 1:33:30 AM #

What a fun technique! And wow what a difference it makes! I didn't even need the close up to see the dimension. I am definitely going to have to give this one a whirl!


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