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A Nature Walk for Mom

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

A few blog posts ago, I posted a card made using the Nature Walk stamp set and promised that I'd revisit that card to present it to you.

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Isn't this card pretty?  I wanted to make a Mother's Day card that wasn't pink, or purple, or fussy, or glittery; but still conveyed an important message.  I think this one does just that.

This card begins with a card base of Not Quite Navy; the edges of the card front sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the bird image from the Nature Walk stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  The bird was stamped a second time on a Post-It Note and cut out to create a mask.  The mask was placed over the bird on the Very Vanilla cardstock so that the foliage could be added.  The foliage image was inked with Old Olive ink and a Blender Pen was used to remove the Old Olive ink from the flowers.  Then the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker was used to ink the flowers.  After giving the stamp a "huff" to remoisten the ink, the foliage was stamped right over the masked bird.  The image was immediately stamped a second time, moving the stamp up about 1/2 inch and angling the stamp to the right just a tad.  The Post-It Note mask was then removed from the bird.  The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.

For the opposite side of the Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges of a piece of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper was sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  (Note that the piece I used has an all over print of the bird image that was stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  I learned the "hard way" that the card makes more sense if the birds are standing on their feet rather than lying on their backs.  Enough said.)  A piece of Early Espresso cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch and placed under the left edge of the Designer Series Paper so that only half of the punched cardstock is exposed along the paper edge.  The Designer Series Paper was then adhered to the Very Vanilla cardstock and the Very Vanilla cardstock adhered to the card front.

The focal point of the card features the Mother of Mine single stamp.  I love to use these kinds of word collage stamps and this one is extra nice because it's just the right size for a focal point.  The image was stamped first on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The edges of the cardstock were trimmed close to the border of the stamped image and then the edges were sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  The stamp was cleaned and the image stamped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, this time using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The word "MOM" was cut out of the stamped image using Paper Snips and adhered to the Old Olive image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Early Espresso and Not Quite Navy cardstock (the edges of the Not Quite Navy sponged with Not Quite Navy ink) were adhered together to create a mat for the focal point.  Folded around the middle of the mats is a piece of Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon with the ends of the ribbon extending beyond the right side of the mats.  (To hold the ribbon in place, run a line of SNAIL along the center of the front and back of the focal point mat.)  then a piece of Linen Thread was wrapped around the ends of the satin ribbon, snugged up next to the cardstock, and knotted.  The ends of the Linen Thread were trimmed close to the ribbon.  The focal point mat was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, the focal point was adhered to the cardstock mat with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; the edges of the cardstock sponged with Not Quite Navy ink.  A strip of Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Border punch, the edges of the paper sponged with Not Quite Navy ink, and then adhered along the left edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

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The lower left front of the Very Vanilla envelope front was stamped in the same manner as the card front.

My sister and I are currently working on our plans for the annual Mom's Lunch.  We gather with our sisters-in-law and our Mom for a quiet lunch the Saturday before Mother's Day.  I look forward to this time that we spend together; sharing the special bond all of us have as a Mother.  We celebrate ourselves, our family, and the husbands left home for the afternoon with the children.


Stamps:  Mother of Mine, Nature Walk; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Marker:  Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gazette; Embellishments:  Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Blender Pen, Scallop Border punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Gorgeous card! I love your masking with the bird!!

Heidi Baks

Very well put together! I love how you did the masking and popped up the mom sentiment.

Tanya Boser

Lovely card! I am so sad that the Occasions Mini will be done in less than a month. If you don't have this set yet, you better hurry up and get it!!


WOW! Just beautiful! And not even fussy!

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Beautiful!! I love this card!!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Beautiful! Great use of the two stamp sets!

Diane Simpers

Beautiful card! Love your envelope, too!

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