Ship in a Bottle Card


This workshop shows how to make a dimensional card for Father’s day or just change the sentiment & use for any other occasion. The acetate bottle has the sails collapsing to give the effect of the ship being put into the bottle.



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Ship in a Bottle Card


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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Lattice Motifs Die : WIZS5-107

Netting A6 Background Stamp : UMNETTING

Nautical Words :UMS146  & Bottle  2 Pre Cut Stamp Set : UMS144

   Tim Holtz Gathered TwigsDPTWIGS : Distress Ink Pad

Heat Emboss Acetate : HEATEMBOS

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black Perfect Medium Pen : PERPENBLK

Dark Bronze PVA Glue: CSGBRO

Tim Holtz Distressed Marker Pens ~ Tumbled Glass : DMTUMB , Antique Linen  DMABT ,  Old Paper :  DMOLD , Black Soot   : DMBLACK   , Walnut Stain : DMWALNUT , Picket Fence : DMPICKET & Vintage Photo : DMVINTAGE

Foundations A4 Milk : 40109, Ginger : 41024Roast Coffee :  40082 Card & Metallic Old Gold Card : 40984

Rich Cream Card :40319 or Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Black String Burlap : SM08

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK


Step by Step Instructions

1 Use the black archival ink pad to stamp the bottle image onto a piece of the coconut white card. This card is perfect to take the watercolours used later on. You`ll need 4 or 5 bottles.


2 Cut out the individual sails & the cork bottle stopper. Go in & cut the finer detail out on the 2 main sails.


3 Take another stamped bottle & cut around the inner line & around the boat leaving the water section in place.


4 Remove the 2 pieces of cork as this bottle is going to be used as an open bottle to make it look like the ship is being put in or taken out of the bottle.


5 Make a palette by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image. Add some antique linen, walnut stain, tumbled glass, old paper distress ink to the palette. Colour all the sails pieces in.


6 Now ink up the outer rim of the bottle stamp using either a black perfect medium pen for easier control or use the edge of a black archival ink pad.


7 Swipe an anti static bag over a piece of heat emboss acetate as this will help eliminate any sticky fingers prints which will pick up the embossing powder.


8 Stamp the bottle & add some Cosmic Shimmer clear or voila black aurora embossing powder over the ink & heat set the piece. Make sure you keep the heat tool moving over the piece so the heat doesn`t build up & warp the acetate.


9 Cut around the edge of the embossed bottle & on both sides of the bottle leave some excess acetate to make a tab either side.


10 Colouring the boat & sea area in on the bottle and mix black soot & picket fence distress ink to make a grey to paint the bottle edge. Stick the piece to a piece of white card & cut around the edge of the bottle.


11 Doing the previous step just allows the background of the sails to be removed from the bottle making it another use for the stamp. Gently lift the top of the bottle area up with a pokey tool or the tip of a pair of snips ( be careful not to snip the card)


12 A Take a piece of the black burlap string. Make a loop & knot so you are left with a single length as this will make the faux pulley for the ship.


13 Curve the sails pieces for added dimension. Add the sails onto the prepared bottle using 3d glue. Make sure they are slanting backwards to give the impression the ship is being put into the bottle.


14 Add some double sided tape to the inside tab area of the acetate piece. You can use glue but the tape just gives an instant hold to the piece.


15 Hold the acetate onto a flat surface & stick the bottle bottom edge onto the tab. This will give you more control when doing this step. Now flip the acetate up & secure it to the reverse of the top of the bottle.


16 Colour in another full ship in the bottle image & also cut and colour just the ship so it can be decoupaged later on.


17 Use some clear & resist ink to stamp the nautical words ~ Just for You sentiment onto a piece of cream card. Add some Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the image & heat set the piece. Also stamp the Happy Father`s Day sentiment from the bottle stamp set.


18 Place the main lattice motif die in the centre of a piece of ginger foundations card & secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut & emboss the piece. Now use the new Spellbinders all in one tool to remove all the small pieces from the die before cutting another lattice panel in the brown card.


19 Take the A6 netting stamp & hold it directly in your hand and add clear & resist ink or Perfect Medium ink to the stamp. Start stamping the image at random over the ginger card stock. It doesn`t matter if you overlap, just go ahead & build the piece up.


20 Cut around the Happy Father`s Day sentiment leaving the right hand end a bit longer than the left hand side. Add a small pencil mark half way across the piece & a little way in from the end.


21 From one of the corners cut up to the pencil mark, then cut from the other corner to the same pencil mark. This will create a perfect flag shape to the sentiment & will be nice and precise .


22 Cut & emboss the `Just for You` sentiment out using a Spellbinders oval die. Add some of the gathered twigs distress ink to a piece of cut`n`dry foam before distressing the edges of the oval & flag shaped sentiment.


23 Take the excess waste from cutting the brown lattice piece & cut it across the centre of the shape in a landscape position. Stick the piece behind the ginger panel & then do the same with the bottom section leaving a small border. Here is how the reverse will look.


24 Staggering the brown pieces like this will just give a small inlay to the worked netting ginger piece.


25 Mount the card onto a piece of gold or gold green metallic card using foam tape. Make a base using the kraft card or rich cream. Emboss 2 lines along the top & 3 lines along the bottom piece as this will just give some detail to the piece.


26 Add the ginger lattice panel sideways behind the brown sentiment piece. Again use foam tape to build to sentiment & add to the corner of the card.


27 Attach the bottle & the pulley string to the cut out area of the card& off set the stamped ship in a bottle. Add the decoupage layer to the ship. Apply the sentiment to the top of the card before finishing with some faux deep bronze pearls in the corner.


28 Here is a close up of the ship in a bottle.

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