Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday Trends - Nautical!

Hi there! Sarah here to talk about a BIG trend happening lately, nautical!

Nautical is everywhere right now - fashion, decorating and definitely paper crafting. Think navy, red, crisp white and pops of yellow with stripes, anchors and banners and you are SO on trend. Here's a little collage I put together from my nautical pinterest board:

Feeling inspired? Good! There She Goes has a bunch of sets perfect for this trend, Aquaholic, Float my Boat and Shiver me Timbers just to name a few.

My first card today uses Shiver Me Timbers.

For this card I took advantage of one of the many nautical paper collections out there at the moment. This one is Down by the Shore by Echo Park.  I like to add natural fibers on my nautical cards, I'll admit - I tried to tie a sailors knot, and failed miserably (multiple times) so went with a knot and button combo instead.

I love that pirate image! I coloured with copics and fussy cut right on the edges to create a simple scene.

I like to finish off the inside of my cards, it's a great way to use up all those leftover paper scraps! Here's the inside of this card:

Don't have enough paper to cover the inside of your card? Combine them! Here I used the leftover anchor paper and tacked on some stripes to make the piece big enough.

The great thing about this trend is it is so easy to achieve the look without any special papers. For my next card, I went clean and simple and I just love the crisp, fresh look!

I cut strips of navy card stock and adhered them to a white card base - if you start with the middle strip, it's much easier to get your spacing perfect. I die cut a red frame (reminiscent of a porthole) and stamped the awesome sentiments from Handwritten on a banner shape.

You don't have to use ocean themed stamps on a nautical card - I think this is a great uni-sex look for a thank you card. I finished the card with a little charm I found in my stash, hanging from some thick hemp twine.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you're inspired to add a little nautical interest to your next creation!


  1. Simply stunning, Sarah!! LOVE his beard and all the fabulous nautical details!

  2. So adorable Sarah!


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