Making cards #31: Tough boy and girl pirate cards
After mermaid and unicorn cards I wanted to make some cooler cards :-). I bought a few sweet and cool pirate stamps on AliExpress. In this article I show my different cards that I made myself and briefly explain how I made them. Hopefully I can inspire you with my cards, nice as a birthday card but also as an invitation to a children's party :-).
Make your own pirate cards
Just a little in advance, I use quite a lot of different craft supplies for these pirate cards, but you can make them as elaborate as you want :-). I explain step by step how I made my cards, but of course you can always deviate and make your own version. Maybe even more fun :-).
Stamping and coloring stamp impressions
First I started with the base of my cards, the pirate stamps. I bought these pirate clear stamps at AliExpress, but you can also use other cool pirate stamps :-). First I stamped the stamps with waterproof ink on thicker paper. When the ink was dry, I colored the stamps with markers, using mine Action Twin Markers. These are alcohol markers that blend easily. I'm still a big fan of these markers :-). Then I cut everything out neatly... that was quite a lot of work. But that's okay, I always do that under a blanket on the couch in front of the TV :-).
The basis of the homemade pirate cards
As a basis for these cards I use kraft cards (15×15 cm) from Action. First I glued a beige sheet of 14×14 cm on the card. I glued a vellum paper sheet to the top with a glue roller with an old map. I had this for a long time, I have no idea where I bought it. Instead of my map, you could also find a map on the internet and print it or use a piece of paper from a paper pad. Later on cards 5 and 6 you will see that I used a space and a watercolor background from a paper block from Action. I used 13 cm wide paper for my map so that you can still see a narrow edge of the beige paper.
Then I made the sea and the beach. With my cutting machine Love2craft from Action and cutting templates with waves (bought from AliExpress) I cut waves from 3 different colors of thicker blue paper (220 grams). You can also cut the waves yourself :-). To give the waves more depth, I darkened the waves at the top with dark blue stamping ink. Then I adhered the waves to the card with foam tape :-). The waves are also 13 cm wide.
The beach consists of two different colors of beige. I also made these with cutting templates and my cutting machine, but again, you could also cut these yourself. I also gave the beach, the beige border and the map a little more depth and, above all, a little more atmosphere with brown stamping ink. Otherwise it would have been so neat :-). For me it could have been a little less perfect and a little more dingy :-).
The pirates on the map
And then of course the most fun thing to do is sticking the images of the pirates and other things such as the treasure chest, parrot, boat, island and texts on the map. I first put the images on the card to see if I liked it that much. When I was satisfied I secured everything with foam tape. Then I added a wooden anchor. I also bought this on AliExpress :-).
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