Create Your Own One of a Kind Treasure Map

Hi there CK blog pals, Mou Saha here. Can’t believe October’s almost over and Halloween is here already! What are you and your kids going as this year? Mine are considering characters from Harry Potter ever since my daughter read the series over the summer. Between Halloween and school performances, we have ended up with quite a few costumes which provide endless hours of imaginative play for my kids such as acting as pirates, developing the pirattitude (which simply means the attitude typical of pirates) and of course, looking for treasure!

Pirattitude by Mou Saha, as seen in the October 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 51.

You can create your own realistic treasure map if you follow these directions. Such maps usually are made of animal skins. I created my version of animal skin by spraying kraft cardstock with water, crumpling it and flattening it back again. To create the aged and tattered look, I tore around the paper, applied distress ink, poked holes and tore to make the holes bigger and rubbed pigment stick along the torn edges for a burnt look. Finally, I drew details on the map with a brown pen to make it appear faded.

Have fun looking for treasure with a pirate map!


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3 Responses to Create Your Own One of a Kind Treasure Map

  1. Stacey says:

    Thank you for the inspiration & instructions to lead me to the pirate treasure!!! What a cute project for halloween, but my first thought was warmth(since I live in Buffalo, NY). AKA: Orlando, Fl. & a specific ride named Pirates of the Caribbean. This would make a great addition for pictures from that ride!! Awesome!!

  2. Megan says:

    What a great project! My kids’ school mascot is the pirate so this map will make a great Back to School layout for us. Thanks.

  3. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    What a great idea — I had a hard time finding Pirate embellies that would work with Halloween pix this year — but I think I
    can enlarge a temporary tattoo I found onto paper prepared this way and make one myself! TFS!!!

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