I finally found some time in my craft room to create this card that has been in my mind for a while. Building a scenic card is a challenge for me but really wanted to try it. In the end, it took me about three sessions to get it all done but think it was worth the effort. It’s for my son’s birthday so it had to be just right. Adam loves nature and goes hiking up mountains every chance that he and his wife get! Mountain Air and By The Dock seemed to be the perfect combination for this special occasion.
I’m not sure if I really achieved what I was going for, but my goal was to make an easel card that resembled a scene in which there was a body of water with mountains in the background. This is my idea of the perfect spot to be! Therefore, the inside had to be a water scene and By The Dock was great stamp set for the job.
My Color Selection
My Secrets to Making This Mountain Air Project
- This is a 6″ x 6″ easel card, using the Mountain Air bundle. After just a little bit of experimentation, I got dimensions of the layers the way I wanted.
- Wood Textures DSP: 5 1/2″ square
- Whisper White (front) and Balmy Blue (Inside): 5 1/4″ square
- Whisper White panel started by stamping the mountain range in Soft Suede. Then, I took a scrap piece of paper and cut out the mountains with the coordinating die. I used that as a mask over the stamped image so I could sponge the Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride above them for the sky.
- Next, I took Whisper White cardstock and stamped the line of trees in Mossy Meadow, then cut them out to place below the mountain range. I also stamped and cut out the large trees.
- In order to add some layers, I cut the little mound of cattails 4 times and colored them with Stampin’ Blends (Old Olive and Soft Suede). The clouds were also stamped and cut. The small flock of birds were stamped as well.
- The “Happy Birthday” was stamped in Soft Suede ink.
- After all of the pieces were done, I started assembling the front of the card, adding a piece of Burlap Trim above the sentiment.
- The finishing touch: I stamped the sitting frog, then colored and cut him out for a little sign of life that I enjoy.
- I still have quite a bit of Wood Textures DSP left from my son’s wedding. They both love that rustic look so that’s why I chose it for some of the details on this card.
- The dock and boat were both stamped directly onto the DSP and cut out with their coordinating dies. The little bird was stamped onto WW cardstock because I always think of seagulls around water. He was fussy cut and glued onto the dock.
- I popped both of these pieces up, using black craft foam. This will assist the easel to stay up.
- Then, I cut the layer of Balmy Blue cardstock and ran it through the High Seas embossing folder.
- It just made sense to have a few sailboats in the water and had just the right ones from the Lilypad Lake bundle. They were stamped, colored with Stampin’ Blends and cut with their coordinating dies.
- The sentiment from Happy Birthday To You was stamped in Balmy Blue ink and cut with a stitched oval die.
- Adding a sentiment to the area above the inside scene is certainly optional but I liked that sentiment since we couldn’t be together for his birthday. Plus, it gives another spot for us to sign, if necessary.
I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
- 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge
- Daisy Chain Challenge: Birthday
- Happy Little Stampers Challenge with Dies
- Mix It Up Challenge: Fancy Fold
- Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: ATG + Masculine
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