Ahoy Matey! Today I have a fun pirate ship card featuring the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts. These dies are just so much fun and so versatile. To give my card even more dimension and movement, I added an Action Wobble Spring. You’ve got to love a pirate ship that really sails the ocean!
I love the Docrafts Build-A-Scene Nautical dies. There are a lot of different pieces that you can use to build numerous nautical scenes. The packaging for the dies suggests at least four ideas —
The dies are versatile enough for card making as well as scrapbooking. I love the choices, and the ease in creating a fun scene.
I wanted to have quite a bit of dimension and movement for my card. I began with a light blue base, cut 5″ x 7″. I also selected four other colors of blue paper to form the waves — varying from dark to light. I cut 2″ x 5″ strips of each color, and then used the classic wave die (the upside down scallop die) to cut two pieces of waves from the cardstock. I began attaching these to my card base using Scor-Tape, until I reached the medium blue (the next to the lightest color) — this is where I wanted my ship to ride the waves, and I needed to do something a little different. I attached the bottom layer of medium blue using Scor-Tape, and then the next layer was tucked underneath and I used a pop dot cut in half and placed half at each end of the wave. This is to pop it up a little and allow for movement of the ship.
To give the ship additional dimension and movement, I decided to mount it on a wobble spring. If you haven’t used them, the Action Wobble Springs are easy to use and add a lot of “fun” to a card. This is a picture of one —
They are very easy to use — each one is marked so that you can easily determine the top from the bottom, etc. so it will work properly. Any time that you are using a wobble spring, you’ll need to build the image that will wobble separately from the card itself. (Normally I would build the ship onto the front of the card.) I cut out the ship image and a variety of sails. The ship’s masts are fairly thin, so I wondered if they would handle the wobble spring. In order to determine that, I needed to continue assembling it by attaching the sails to each of the masts. I was sure to keep each sail and each mast separate in order to give the appearance of more dimension, and to allow the ship to move about freely. There was a gap in the middle where I wanted to put the wobble spring (I didn’t want it to show), and I thought that the mast could use a little support so I cut a piece of cardstock the size of the wobble spring as a reinforcement for that area (I used the same color as I did for the sails). I attached it to the back of the middle mast with some Scor-Tape. That is also where I attached the wobble spring to the completed ship. The wobble spring incorporates a strong adhesive on both sides, so no need for anything further. I cut the words “ahoy there” using one of the dies in the Docrafts set, and attached them using Sticky Dots. I finished the project by adding a sun and a few clouds in the sky. Please see the short video for a further description of how I assembled the card, and to see how much fun and movement the wobble spring adds.
I’m looking forward to using the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts for other projects. I think the octopus is calling to me . . .
You can also view my tutorial on the Cut@Home YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts6Qt7WhpU&list=UU_J_Rav4J9_6V2ULdAgbMpw
Docrafts Nautical Build-A-Scene dies
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Sticky Dots by Therm-o-Web
Action Wobble Spring
Sun and cloud dies — I used the small sun and the rainbow and clouds sets by Lil’ Inkers
Pop dot or other dimensional adhesive
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’