Happy Friday! This is Julissa of Paper Gems by Jules back on the blog this week after a week away mountain biking. I spent a week in Vermont with my husband and we rode almost 100 miles in 5 days. The best part was getting to high points and being able to see so much. It was inspiring. So for today’s blog (and my hubby’s birthday), I’ve created some nature based cards featuring the Blessed Adventures stamp set with sentiments from the Art & Possibilities stamp set.
This series of cards are super simple to make, yet still have a very bold look. The key in these cards is to create a focal point using distress inks. All three cards are using two Distress Ink colors: Iced Spruce and Gathered Twigs. This first card is the easiest. Center a square stencil in the upper section of the card front and blend the two colors. Using Versafine Clair in Pinecone, stamp the tree line image in the center. Using the same Versafine Clair ink, stamp the sentiment. Super simple to make, but the image really stands out.
For this next card, I stamped the buck from the Blessed Adventures using a Copic friendly ink first. I colored it with Copic markers and then created a mask before using an oval stencil to create the focal point. Then I restamped the buck using Versafine Clair and also stamped the simple sentiment. This buck is perfect for a masculine card.
Even though I layered this image card front on a few layers of paper, this is still a slim/flat card that would be easy to mail.
For this card, I wanted to take the bend in the image of the fox to be mirrored in the shape behind it. The oval would have worked, but I liked the heart a little more. And you can make these kind of stencils using any of your shape dies.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you found some inspiration. I hope you’re not only inspired to create, but to explore. There is so much inspiration in nature, whether it be colors, scenery or animals… you are surrounded in beauty.
Until next time… Happy Crafting!
(And happy birthday Joe!)