Today's card design has a wonderful "back to nature" feel to it using the beautiful Nature's Beauty stamp set (item #150528) from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. This amazing stamp set has a special meaning as it is part of Stampin' Up!'s Making a Difference program, with $3 from every stamp set sold going to designated Mental Health Organizations globally. Mental Health has always been something very important and personal for me and my family, so this stamp set has special meaning.
I wanted to create a card design that would be suitable as either a masculine or feminine card, so I paired the Nature's Beauty stamp set with the lovely Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (item #149500) from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. The designs in this paper pack have a wonderful organic feel and I love the texture and variety of patterns available. I chose this leaf background design for my card as it gave me a feeling of peace which I thought worked well with the stamp set.
The card base was created using Early Espresso cardstock and I added the layer of designer series paper to create the background for the card front. I stamped the deer image using Versamark ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and heat embossed it with Copper Embossing powder. I die cut the image using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies (item #149638) and layered it onto a larger piece of Early Espresso cardstock die cut from the same set of dies.
To add some texture to the card design, I added a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon (item #140487) to the designer series paper, fraying the ends for a more rustic look. I attached the focal image over the top of the burlap ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals to add dimension to the design. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the image from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set (item #151331) with Copper Embossing powder onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch (item #141491) and added a matte to frame this label by punching out another label from Early Espresso cardstock and cutting it in half. I attached each half to the back of the Very Vanilla Label using Snail Adhesive so that the ends extended past the sentiment label. To add a touch of bling, I colored two Basic Pearls with the Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends Marker and attached them to the sentiment. Using Stampin' Dimensionals, I attached the sentiment to the card front below the focal image.
This card design can be used for a variety of occasions and I love the peaceful feeling to this design. I hope that you have enjoyed my ideas today and perhaps inspired you to create your own projects.
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