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Judy Hayes

Anchor Away Birthday Card

Hello everyone! Today, I’m sharing a card with an anchor and old map that has a very vintage look. It’s perfect for someone who loves the sea!


My Kraft card base is 4¼ x 6¼ʺ. I often use this size because it’s slightly longer than A4 card yet not quite as large as 5 x 7ʺ. I rubbed ink along the edges.  I added a black layer that was embossed with wood grain folder, a little of the texture shows at the corner.  I added 3 brads before fastening it to the card with E-Z Runner Ultra Permanent. This adhesive really sticks! It’s great for a stronger hold on this textured layer. Next, I cut a piece of patterned paper of an old map and tore off the corner.  It’s distressed with inks. I used E-Z Ultra Permanent to fasten it. Across the lower part are 3 strips of burlap paper, the ends are peaking out along the edge.  These were also fastened with E-Z Runner Ultra Permanent.

Next I took a piece of  Gauze, misted it, and added ink to make it vintage looking. Once it was dry, I used E-Z Runner Ultra Permanent in a few spots to fasten it and then continued to secure it with Art Medium.

To make the anchor, I applied black cardstock to one side of a black 3D Foam Creative Sheet. Then I die cut it on paper side. I like to use the 3D Foam Creative Sheet to give it more thickness than cardstock and for the adhesive backing.  To give it a bronze color, I used diluted Art Medium and Pigment Powder Brown. The consistency was very watery. I brushed it on and immediately dabbed it off with paper towel because I wanted to allow some black to show. After removing the paper backing, I brushed Pigment Powder Brown over sticky side on chain, tips of anchor and any other area that I didn’t want to stick down. I looped a piece of rough twine through anchor and fastened it in place over the gauze. The adhesive backing really held well on the gauze! The twine is glued in place with  Art Medium.


For “happy birthday” die cut, I applied Adhesive Sheet to black cardstock. Then I die cut it. I applied same wash of Pigment Powder Brown and Art Medium as used on the anchor. The Adhesive Sheet makes it a sticker so it’s easy to place on card. (Tip: Be sure Distress ink is completely dry so it will stick.)

I hope I’ve inspired you to try a new technique with this Anchor Away Birthday Card! Thanks so much for visiting!


Supplies by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:
Adhesive Sheets 4×6ʺ
3D Foam Creative Sheets
E-Z Runner® Ultra Permanent Refillable Dispenser

Other Supplies:
Pattern Paper (Carta Bella™); Burlap Paper (DCWV®); Ranger Distress Inks;  Embossing Folder (Sizzix®); Spellbinders® dies – Phrase Set One, Anchors Aweigh; cardstock – Kraft, Black; Small Brads; Twine