Faux Tile Technique with The Open Sea

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The winner of the It’s a Wrap Occasions stamp set from my February ordering give away is:  Penny H!  Congratulations, I’ll be dropping your stamp set in the mail this afternoon.  See my note below to find out how you can be entered to win a free stamp set in April!


When  I saw the Retrosketches #57 Challenge, I thought that it would be perfect for the faux tile technique.  This technique is so easy and it looks fantastic!  I used the Stampin’ Up! stamp set called The Open Sea to create this card.

The Open Sea

I started by scoring a piece of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock at the 1″ and 2″ points.  Then I turned my square 90 degrees and scored again at 1″ just to the first line, then skipped a space and scored at 1″ in the third space.  I scored at 2″ in the middle space.  Hopefully the photo below will make it a little clearer.

The Open Sea 6

I inked up the images from The Open Sea stamp set (stamping the Night of Navy and Early Espresso images off once on scrap paper), placed the stamp face up, then placed my scored panel over the it, pressing my fingers gently over the back of the card stock everywhere except the score lines.

The Open Sea 1

I lightly sponged the panel with Early Espresso ink and gave it a quick shot with my Heat Tool to make sure that the image was completely dry.  Then I used my VersaMark ink pad and I gently tapped it over the image to cover it with ink.

The Open Sea 2

I sprinkled the entire image with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and I heat embossed it, which gives the image a shiny faux tile look.

The Open Sea 3

I the adhered the stamped panel to a 3-1/8 x 3-1/8″ Whisper White Square with SNAIL, then  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the square to a Cherry Cobbler panel that I’d embossed with the Sweet Essentials sentiment using VersaMark ink and Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I adhered a panel of Night of Navy under the Cherry Cobbler panel, then wrapped Early Espresso Baker’s Twine around the layered panels.  I stamped the anchor image in VersaMark ink, heat embossed it with Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Power and cut it out with Paper Snips.

The Open Sea 4

I punched a hole with the 1/16″ Circle Handheld Punch and I threaded the Baker’s Twine through it.  I tied a small bow, then adhered the anchor to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I adhered the layered panels to the Early Espresso card base with Stampin’Dimensionals.

The Open Sea 7

To finish the card, I stamped the images again on the Whisper White panel that I adhered inside the card.  And I had so much fun making this card, that I decided to make another one only I used the Thanks sentiment from the Kindness Matters stamp set!

The Open Sea 5

Stampin’ Up! products used to create this card:

Stamps:  The Open Sea (123030 wood, 123032 clear); Sweet Essentials (126455 wood, 126457 clear); Kindess Matters (122900wood, 122902 clear)

Punches:  1/16″ Circle Handheld Punch (101227)

Embellishments: Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130); Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder (128980); Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (123124)

Ink:  VersaMark Pad (102283); Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (126974); Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (126970); Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad (126966)

Tools:  Heat Tool (129053); Stamping Sponges (101610); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Card Stock  & Cuts:  Early Espresso (119686) – card base cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″; Night of Navy (100867) – 4″ x 5-1/4″ Panel; Cherry Cobbler (119685) – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel; Whisper White (100730) – 3″ x 3″ square, 3-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ square

Adhesive:  SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


New Stamp Set Release…Best of Butterflies!

Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set Item 133345 $14.95

The new Best of Butterflies stamp set is available starting today.  This stamp set is available until March 31, 3014.  As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, Stampin’ Up! is including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set.  Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.  Click here to view this stamp set in my online store.

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A $50 purchase gets your name entered once, $100 gets your name entered twice, $150 gets your name entered 3 times, etc.  For each qualifying order, you’ll also earn Running Shoe Rewards.

Button Buddies – Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item 122737

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6 thoughts on “Faux Tile Technique with The Open Sea

  1. Amy, Just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your blog. You inspire me every day! You ROCK, girlfriend (and sideline).


  2. What a great technique and card Amy…I check in every morning to see what I can learn next 🙂 I love them all!!

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