Nautical but nice

Hello and welcome to Renee’s Corner. Today I have a special card for you…Hope you like fishes!….

  • Type of Project: Card making
  • Occasion: Birthday Card for Boys
  • Techniques used: Die cutting, Window see through card, Text and Paper Layering, Mixing Paper Patterns
  • Decoration:  Acetate, Gold foil accents
  • Main colours: Blue, yellow and red
  • Equipment Used: Sizzix Die cut machine, Paper Rose Layered Dies, Simon Says Stamp Circle Dies

My Favourite Theme

One of my favourite themes I love to use for male cards, is the Nautical theme. So the elements I would select for the card, would include things like boats, the sea, life jackets, life preservers, sea creatures, birds, fish and more. 


Fishes, Fishes, Fishes

For the card I am showing you today, I chose card stock featuring fishes in nautical colours; red, blue and yellow. Aren’t they bright?…. The entire project is basically designed using paper.

Creating Port holes

The card features a window element at the bottom to represent port holes to view fishes.  So the idea behind it is….. viewing fishes from above and below deck. 

I die-cut 3 holes in the white card stock base and in the blue and white striped paper (notice that the papers used all give nautical vibes). Then I adhered acetate paper onto the flip side of the front of the card. Embellished the portholes with gold foiled paper accents. I also added gold foil to separate each paper pattern.

Take a look inside

Next I lined up a strip of paper with fishes on the inside of the card and added a gold strip to correspond with the design on the front and added a message framed in blue on the inside.

The Outside Greeting

For the “Happy Birthday” greeting I used layered dies. Orange paper for the text and yellow for the outline . This adds a pop of colour. This card is appropriate for boys up to 12 years and the young at heart. 

Hope you enjoyed this project and I would love for you to give it a try.