Global Design Project has a nautical theme going on and I thought I’d sail right in after making a quick card.  Wrong!  This card took me two hours.  That’s right, two hours!  Wait until you see my card and you’ll wonder why.  Here it is:

I started out with a certain sketch and color scheme in my head.  I was using a navy and white striped background with a banner in red, along with the ship’s wheel.  No matter how I tried it was awful!  That’s when I decided to walk away for awhile.

Taking a break did the trick.  I pulled out the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and chose a piece that resembled water and sky.  (There’s actually paper in the stack that looks like that, but I’d already used it up.) 

Next, I took the ship’s wheel and the lighthouse and stamped and embossed them.  I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and punched  it out with an oval punch. The oval looked a bit plain so I added pearls.

Finally, I made a ship’s knot out of Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine and added it to the top.  Tah-dah!  A card I was finally happy with!

How many of you have times like I had today?  Tell me your story in the comments below.

Happy stampin’,
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