Pirate Treasure

Lost treasure, pirates, tropical islands, “Arrrr…,” stories of Long John Silver and Jack Sparrow and International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which happens to be today, September 19, 2022, are what today’s card is all about. (And maybe a little Snoopy too.)

I just love little Skellie, the skeleton from Karen Burniston’s new fall 2022 release of dies. Influenced by the many talented designers on KB’s design team, who have used Skellie as a variety of characters, I had to have him as a pirate popping up in a treasurer chest of gold coins, sword aloft. The Tiny Accessories Set 1 provide the eye patch, sword and head scarf to turn Skellie into a pirate.

The treasure chest is its own set of dies that play well with the Parcel Pop-Up mechanism. I viewed both the assembly videos for the Treasure Chest and the Parcel Pop-Up before making the card. Having worked with 19th century traveling trunks, I know that many had decorative paper lining the inside of them, so I chose a patterned kraft paper using the plain side to be wood embossed side (I used the ink the die method from Karen’s video with a brown ink cube) and the patterned side for inside the trunk. The trim is a mirrored brown cardstock with the raised circles colored with a fine-tipped permanent marker.

For the front of the card, I used the side palm trees from the Palm Tree Pop-Up and the wavy sand from the Long Nature Edges set. The Long nature Edges stitched hills die cuts two sets of hills, so the second piece is used inside the card instead of the sand pile die that comes with the Treasure Chest set. Shells inked pink from the Tropical Scene die set complete the front of the card and a starfish on the back of the card for fun. The small island with palm trees inside the card are also from this set.

I’ve been wanting to use my pirate sentiment stamps for some time, and this was the card for them. The “Happy Birthday” that comes with the stamp set is small, so I went with KB’s larger sentiment die and shadow die.

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Materials Used:



  • Echo Park Paper Co. – 6×6 Paper Pad Double-sided Papers – Paradise Beach by Michelle Coleman
  • Tan, brown, green and white cardstock scraps
  • Gold foiled packaging scraps
  • American Crafts – 5 x7 Kraft cards & A7 envelopes

Stamps & Ink

  • Crackerbox Stamps – Arrr Pirate Sayings set of 4
  • Memento – fade-resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Antique Linen and Abandoned Coral


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