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Can you believe that it's November already?! I surely cannot! In some ways this year has flown by, in other ways, it seems like it's been crawling. I know this pandemic has been tough, but I'm the kind of person who likes to count her blessings and see the good in a difficult situation. As I'm typing this, I see my neighbors setting up for a socially distance Halloween. Everyone is setting up table at the end of their driveways. It reminds me that we're all in this together and that we're all trying to make the best of a difficult situation. I hope and pray that you and your families are safe and healthy and I hope you, too, can count your blessings and see the good.
And speaking of good, let's get on with the stamping! Our Creation Station theme for November is “The Great Outdoors.” Our challenge is to create a project feature nature in a monochromatic color palette. I cheated a little and added some subtle colors, but I think my project fits the bill. I was thinking about this card all week and hoping that it would turn out the way I envisioned it. As always, it took a little bit of creative experimentation to get it just right--but that's the fun of the creative process. Here's my nature inspired card.I wanted to do a simple fun fold, so I started with a 4-1/4 by 5-1/2" piece of Gray Granite Card Stock. This is a half sheet, cut lengthwise. Math-in-my-head isn't my forte, so it took me a couple of tries to get the scoring right. Honestly, if I'd used a piece of printer paper I wouldn't have wasted a half sheet of card stock. Whatever--I make the mistakes so you don't have to. I scored the card base at 2-3/4" at each end so that the sides fold in and meet at the middle. I cut two 2-3/8" by 4" pieces of Basic Gray Card Stock and two 2-1/4" by 3-3/4" pieces of Whisper White Card Stock.
I used the "Waterfront" stamp set to create a scene on each piece of Whisper White Card Stock. The mountains are stamped in Smoky Slate Ink--some full strength, some stamped off once. I stamped the trees in Basic Gray and Mossy Meadow Inks--again, some full strength, some stamped off once. I sponged some Seaside Spray Ink for the sky and sponged Mossy Meadow Ink among and between the trees.
I made a 1" belly band from a sheet of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and a length of Mossy Meadow Diagonal Stripe Ribbon. PROTIP: I used a few Mini Glue Dots to adhere the ribbon to the belly band.
I stamped a sentiment from the "Merry Moose" stamp set in Basic Gray Ink and cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Dies. I adhered this to a Basic Gray Card Stock scalloped circle that I cut with one of the Layering Circles Dies. I punched a hole in the top of the tag and threaded on of the Glitter Star Ornaments through and tied this onto the belly band.
Inside the card, I adhered a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Gray Card Stock mat. I stamped another nature scene onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock Panel. I used the "Merry Moose" set to stamp some Smoky Slate and Mossy Meadow trees. I also stamped the moose silhouette in Basic Gray. I added a sentiment from the "Tag Buffet" set, also in Basic Gray Ink. Then I lightly sponged on some Smoky Slate and Mossy Meadow Ink. I adhered this to the Basic Gray mat.
I used the Moose Punch to punch a moose from Basic Gray card stock and used a Sponge Dauber to sponge on some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. When that dried, I used two Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the moose to the inside of the card. I like the way the stamped moose gives the punched moose a little shadow.
Well, there you have it--my "Great Outdoors" nature card. I hope you enjoyed reading about my creative process. Next up is the fabulous Jeanna Bohanan. I guarantee she will dazzle you with her project!!
Stay healthy! Stay safe!