Hello Again! This is our week for the monthly Blog Hop and the theme this month is “Celebrate Summer”. I have chosen to build a thank you card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set. It is definitely summer with the fully leafed tree with a few apples, a bicycle, green grass, and some lovely red flowers.
My card base is Garden Green and the card front began as Very Vanilla. I sponged the grass in two greens, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green. There is a bit of Soft Suede at the top of the grass…dirt, you know. The sky is a mixture of Daffodil Yellow, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Balmy Blue. This makes for sort of a sunset sky which is far more interesting than just blue. Or, maybe it is sunrise. You decide.
Over this I stamped the tree in Soft Suede and added leaves in two colors, again Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green. Using the flower stamp in Sheltering Tree, I inked it in Real Red and added apples to the tree. We typically think of apples in autumn, but some varieties do ripen in summer.
I put flower stems in Shaded Spruce on one side of the lawn and added Real Red Flowers.
I thought the horizon line needed more definition, so I added some darker ‘grass’ using the dirt stamp in Sheltering Tree. I am not sure it is dirt, but that is what I call it. I inked it in Shaded Spruce, stamped it off twice and only added about 1/2 the length of the stamp. I turned it 180 degrees and repeated the process.
Nothing says summer fun so much as a bicycle leaning against the tree, just waiting for someone to take a ride. This two-step stamp is done in Memento Tuxedo Black and Real Red. The Birds in the sky are also stamped in Memento Black and are from the High Tide stamp set. It is amazing how much these three little birds added to the design.
I used a strip of Tear & Tape to adhere a strip of Burlap Ribbon, then wrapped some Linen Thread around three times and tied it in a bow. To keep the thread from slipping, I taped it on the back with Scotch tape.
The sentiment is from A Good Day. I used the marker to stamp technique to ink the stamp in Soft Suede and Garden Green, then stamped on Very Vanilla. I used the smallest Stitched Shapes Framelits Circle to cut it on the Big Shot and Liquid Glued it to a #2 Shaded Spruce scalloped circle from Layering Circles Framelits. This layered sentiment was adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I number my shapes dies from smallest to largest with smallest being #1.
The card front is now finished. It was attached to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The inside has a mat of Calypso Coral. The Very Vanilla sentiment panel has a row of the little flowers from Sheltering Tree done in Real Red and Shaded Spruce. The sentiment, from All Things Thanks, is stamped in Soft Suede.
The envelope has an apple tree on the front and flowers on the flap. These are done just like the card front.
I really like the way this card turned out, so much that I duplicated it not once, but twice! I almost never duplicate a card. This was an exception.
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Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Very Vanilla: card front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, sentiment 2″ x 2″; Calypso Coral inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″