Here Are 2 Fabulous “You are My Anchor” Handmade Cards

In Life’s Storms Handmade Card by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

There is always someone to rely on who is like an anchor in the sea! For today’s crafting reflection, I choose to make a handmade card with an ocean theme.

Lately, I have been obsessed with Vertigo plastic surfaces and have made bookmarks with an ocean theme. Again, Vertigo sheets work so nice to give the impression of water and I used them for the background of this card. I lightly colored a Vertigo Taffeta sheet using just two StazOn colors that blend to give a beautiful turquoise effect of the sea.

Then I decorated with the wooden fish shapes with Iridescent Creative medium to resemble the fish scales. The irRESISTible Pico Clear was used to give volume both on the anchor and the clear bubbles on the card. Although this card uses a variety of products, the design is still clean and simple and creates a lovely theme for you to share with that special someone in your life.


  • Card Base – 5 x 7
  • Waffle Flower – Life anchor stamp set
  • Cardstock
  • Knorr Prandell – wooden fish
  • Waxed Cord– white


You are My Anchor in Life’s Storms by Jowilna Nolte

The color blue and ocean themes makes me happy! Throw in this amazing little stamp set from Waffle Flower and my heart skipped a beat. I used some out-of-the-box techniques for this card, so let me share with you some of the details.

On a sheet of Vertigo apply a thin layer of Creative Medium using a palette knife. Leave the medium to dry thoroughly. Once the creative medium is dry, color the Vertigo covered sheet using Memento Luxe ink. Lightly sweep the ink pad across the Vertigo and leave to dry. Out of blue cardstock die-cut with the Waffle Flower Life Anchor. Cover the die-cut anchor with a layer of GlazOn. While the GlazOn is still wet, lightly sprinkle with a layer of glitter and leave to dry.

While you are letting the anchor dry, use a circle stencil to add color to your card background. Apply different inks to the stencil, mist with water and stamp with the stencil onto the cardstock. Leave to dry. Mix a small amount of texture paste and color it using blue acrylic paint and a small amount of Memento Luxe inker. Use your palette knife to mix the color into the paste really well. Apply the colored paste through a stencil using smooth strokes in one direction. Leave the paste to dry. Use your matching Waffle Flower Life Anchor stamp set and stamp words and waves onto the card in between the stenciling. Cut the strips of Vertigo into smaller strips and use GlazOn to adhere the strips to your card front. Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and finish off your card with the anchor attached with a brad and some blue ink splats.


  • Jowilna Nolte – Stencil
  • Cardstock – white
  • Penelope Dee – Alpha Stencil
  • Waffle Flower – Life Anchor stamps and die
  • Glitter
  • Sewing Machine

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

by Renee Zarate

Enhance Your Card Design with VersaMarker

When you look at a pineapple what do you see? A ripe pineapple has shades of not only yellow but also touches of orange, green and brown. This card is made from a master board that incorporates all of these colors by using Fireworks Craft Sprays and water. The fun begins when the Stencil Girl stencils are used extensively with white gesso. Since this was a color challenge, the colors may say pineapple but the theme is summer rain.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 – 2 hours + dry time


 140lb watercolor paper sprayed with Fireworks Craft Spray
Step 1

To prepare the master board, spray a piece of 140lb watercolor paper with water. While still wet, spray Fireworks Craft Spray in different colors onto the paper. Lift the paper and allow the colors to run. Mop up any excess with a paper towel. Blend the colors with more water and blot again to soften the mix.

Step 2

Choose an area for the background and cut a piece of the paper to measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾”. On this panel, place a stencil and apply gesso through the stencil. Tape off any areas on the stencils that are not needed on the card. Lift the stencil straight up so it doesn’t smear, wash the stencil off immediately and allow the design to dry completely. Clean stencil.

Step 3

When the gesso is dry, reapply the stencil. If the image needs to be stronger just repeat the application of gesso and dry. Reapply the clean stencil and highlight the phrase with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust ink using a small dauber. Apply Clear Embossing Powder to the phrase and melt with a heat tool. Dilute a small amount of White All-Purpose Ink, use a paint brush and tap it to apply small spatters of white onto the panel. Use a Micron 05 black pen to outline the images and ink the edges of the panel. Use On Point Glue to attach a few light blue sequins randomly.

Step 4

Color the umbrella with a Dandelion Memento Marker then color over the yellow with a VersaMarker and heat emboss with clear powder. Touch some of the rain drops, the top of the girl’s hair and the tips of the boots with VersaMarker then sprinkle Imagine’s Iridescent Embossing Powder and melt with the heat tool. The embossing powder in the right spots create a shiny surface and give a life-like appearance to the design. Adhere the panel to a card blank with Tear It Tape and you are finished!


  • Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper
  • Stencil Girl – Rain by Jessica Sporn
  • Washi tape
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Micron 05 mm Pen – black
  • Sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towel
  • Paper trimmer