Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Happy Birthday 5 years old - ooo arrrrr!!!

LOL! It's my nephew's 5th birthday soon and he does like his pirates, so I designed a card with the idea of including some pirate stickers that he could stick on and around a pop-up pirate ship. I made the pop-up from a free template by a very talented chap called Roger Pattenden. I wonder if he's jolly... :-)


The background was sprayed with lots of Dylusions inks and blended with water from a mister spray. Some distress ink was added around the edges and the background matted onto black cardstock. This was overstamped with "Waves" from the Graphic45 set and a galleon from the Crafty Individuals set, then each stamped image was brushed over with gold perfect pearls. The compass and anchor from the Kanban set were stamped in black archival, with white ink pen highlights added.

The lettering was diecut from empty cat food box and spare inked card and the coloured card stuck onto the cat food box. The edges were coloured with a gold marker and highlights added with white pen, then the finished letters were stuck to the front of the card with Pinflair to raise them even more.


The Graphic 45 fish were stamped in blue archival directly onto the background, then again onto acetate. The acetate fish were cut out and adhered over the top of the stamped fish with glossy accents. The bubbles were added with glossy accents.


Some sea-themed charms were attached to a key ring with jump rings and short lengths of chain, and the keyring threaded through an eyelet set into the corner of the card. The keyring is removable for future use - I thought he might like to attach it to his school bag or mobile phone. A large octopus charm was adhered to the bottom of the card with Pinflair dimensional glue - I find this glue really forgiving for attaching large, metal or bulky objects.

"Pop-up Galleon"

Well, here's the pop-up galleon. It really is rather magnificent, thank you Roger! I set it amongst a sponged distress ink background and added some of the pirate stickers. Printing the ship off at full size, I needed an A4 card blank to accomodate it, and reinforced the front and back covers with extra card layers to make the card heavy enough to take the pop-up, but it worked out really well. I intend to hide some cash in amongst the masts - the best birthday cards always have a bit of money in them, and everyone knows that pirates like to hide their treasure :-)

Graphic 45 Stamp set: Tropical Travelogue
Kanban stamp set: Lighthouse
Crafty Individuals stamp set: CI-294
Sizzix Tim Holtz decorative strip die Vintage Market
Anita's A4 card blank and envelope
cardstock: 2 x A4 black, 1 x A4 plus scrap 160gsm white, empty cat food box
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Bundled Sage
Dylusions spray inks: Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Cobalt
Perfect Pearls: Heirloom Gold
adhesives: Glossy Accents, PVA, Pinflair Dimensional Glue
Inkssentials white opaque pen
Letraset Gold Metallic Marker
printouts on 160gsm card galleon pop-up templates & instructions
pirate stickers (mine came from Lidl - thanks Mum!)

Entered for the following challenge:
Crafty Card Makers - a Male-theme
That Craft Place - One for the Boys
Just Tracy's - Anything Goes
The Stamp Man - Favourite Technique (mine is to overstamp an inked background and brush with perfect pearls, then add more stamping - I love to create lots of depth in the background using this method. Of course, I also love dimensional cards, so I have the best of both worlds with this entry :-))
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - One for the Boys
Simon Says Stamp - Birthday


  1. A wonderful card in great colors and a fabulous galleon, your nephew will love both.

  2. Beautiful images, great depth of colour.

  3. Beautiful creation, thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

  4. A fab card & a great looking galleon. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  5. oh wow Hun,that is one, brilliant card,the background you have created is stunning and adore those charms,and that is one,amazing galleon,just brilliant work Hun,love them,hugs Cherylxxxxx

  6. The colours are absolutely fabulous and a really inspirational piece.

    B x

  7. Oh my goodness gracious me Maddy!!! That Galleon is INCREDIBLE! Holy cow! Stunning card and I love how you did the bubbles with glossy accents. You're a clever pup, that is one amazing card. Lee x

  8. What a fabulous card you have made. The colours are gorgeous and that pop-up ship is just brilliant. I love, love, love your blog. You do some fantastic creations Maddy. Karen xx

  9. Wow what an amazing card Maddy, once again love everthing about it. Love Kathy xx

  10. This is just amazing. Like you I love playing with stamps and inks and lots of colour.
    Well done and thank you for entering the challenge at The Stampman with your favourite technique.
    Hugs Kimx

  11. Hi,

    You made a beautiful card! I have been trying to understand his instructions on making the ship though. The first instruction on pieces 2 and 4 stumped me, as I tried in all honesty to paste them inside the hull. I cannot cos the peices are not aligned! Is there any way you may explain to me on this?

    Thanks alot! Love your blog!

    - Kit Fan from Singapore

  12. I finally figured it out! The hull itself needs to be bend for pieces 2 and 4 to ber able to glue on successfully. Thanks for your post, I only figured it out after looking at your photo!

    Take care and continue to make beautiful crafts!

    - Kit Fan from Singapore

  13. OMG thys is gorgeous!! Could you please send me the templates and instructions? The link seems to be broken. marmariani@hotmail.it


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