Stampin’ Up! Nature Sings

Good Saturday morning to You All! I hope you have a Stupendous Saturday, doing whatever makes your heart happy. If your day doesn’t make your heart happy, may you be Blessed anyway.

Having need of a card for a man sometimes stretches the imagination, as there isn’t a lot of product out there for men. I tend to reach for the outdoorsy, nature items when I have to send a masculine card. Today I am using the new Nature Sings stamp set. This set is for Christmas with the reindeer and sentiments, but I am making a Get Well card with it using the reindeer image.

I was inspired by this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches 296

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While the challenge calls for clean and simple, I used layering to achieve the look I wanted.

The colors I am using are Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

The card is a 5″ square, so I cut the Tranquil Tide at 5″ x 10″ and scored it at 5″. Other card cuts at the bottom of this post.front

Since I love the Woodland embossing folder and this card is for a guy, I chose to make my background panel in Crumb Cake using this TIEF, then mounted it on a mat of Very Vanilla. I wrapped a piece of burlap string around this 3 time where it would be under my art piece and taped it on the back. I used Glue Dots to hold it in place.

The reindeer is stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock, and I used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to make a border, just for a little added interest. I could have used the Stitched Shapes square to cut this and had no need for a border. However, sometimes I get in a rut by doing the same thing over and over, so decided to mix it up a little by drawing the border.

To make the art piece dominate I mounted it on a mat of Tranquil Tide that I cut just barely bigger than the Very Vanilla. This is adhered to the ‘woods’ with stampin’ dimensionals, and over the Tranquil Tide flag.

The flag is cut in a fishtail with scissors and glued under the art piece. Actually, this was glued down before adding the art piece, but I dry mounted them to get placement correct before using any adhesives. The card front is finished.

Just to make things interesting on the inside, I embossed another piece of Crumb Cake card stock and cut it so there would be a wide border of Very Vanilla around it. The art/sentiment panel is stamped with images from Nature Sings in Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide. To show more of the ‘woods’, I offset the art piece. Who says everything has to be centered and straight all the time??? The three layers were glued into the card base and the inside is finished.

insideI popped the front on with liquid glue and proceeded to make an envelope as I didn’t have any for a square card.

I found in my paper stash (you all DO have a paper stash, right?) a sheet printed with the same birch trunks as are in the embossing folder, AND on a brown background to boot! What could be better?

Using my Envelope board, I followed the numbers for the correct size envelope, then scored, folded and glued the envelope. Voila! Perfect!envelopeI will use a label for the address to make it more visible to postal workers.

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8 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Nature Sings”

  1. This card is a great masculine card! I love that reindeer! The embossed background is perfect and I love the inside of the card too! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

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