#stampinup #faithfulinkspirations Sometimes I feel like I get into a card-making rut. I'm afraid I might be making the same card over and over. I know my layouts seem repetitive to me--but I hope that using different stamp sets and colors makes them seem fresh to you! Today's card is decidedly not the same layout I normally use. I let the size of the stamped image dictate the layout and I'm quite pleased with the result.I started by stamping one of the trees from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set onto a Whisper White panel. I used the Stamparatus to help with the image--I applied Tranquil Tide Ink to the top half of the tree and then stamped. I cleaned the stamp and then used a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker to fill in the branches and trunk. I did this several times so that the brown was just as saturated as the green--and the Stamparatus was the perfect tool to accomplish this.
Once I'd stamped the image, I cut the card stock down to 2-7/8" by 3-7/8" and adhered it to a 2-3/4" by 3-3/4" Early Espresso mat. I wrapped a length of Linen Thread around this piece, securing it in the back.
Next, I stamped one of the leaf images from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set in Soft Suede onto a Soft Suede Card Stock card base. I adhered a 2-3/4" by 3-3/4" piece of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper at an angle directly onto the card base and then I wrapped a length of Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled Ribbon around the card front. And I adhered the stamped image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
For a finishing touch, I stamped a sentiment from the "Wood Words" stamp set in Early Espresso onto a Crumb Cake Card Stock scrap and cut it out with one of the Wood Crate Framelits. I sponged some Early Espresso Ink around the edges of the tag and then tied a Linen Thread bow on it. I adhered this to the card with Glue Dots.
Like I said, I'm pretty pleased with how this outside-my-box card turned out. What do you think?