It’s been decades since I last rode a bike and I’m not even sure I could still do it. However the mountain biker in the Greatest Journey Dies really called to me. It reminds me of my son who never learned to drive but preferred to cycle everywhere. He loved the freedom cycling gave him to go anywhere and he liked to ride fast, especially when zipping past friends and work colleagues with a grin on his face. So using this simple silhouette and a sentiment I designed this card.
As soon as I sat down to design this project I knew I wanted to keep it really simple. So I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Basic White Card. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder and set it aside.
Next I cut two 4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of Basic White Card and from the Greatest Journey Stamp Set I chose the “wishing you joy in this next adventure” sentiment. Then using Night of Navy ink I stamped the sentiment onto one of the Basic White layers. To the left of that I stamped the smaller of the ‘dandelion’ images from the stamp set. With that done I fixed the stamped layer onto the front of the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
On the second piece of Basic White Card I stamped the ‘dandelion’ image in the bottom left corner. Then I glued that layer inside the card base.
Finally I stamped the dandelions on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope in the bottom left corner.
All I had left to do was create the mountain biker silhouette but I wanted him to have some dimension. So I started by die-cutting the silhouette three times from Night of Navy Card. Then using a Blending Brush I added some Night of Navy ink around the edges of one of the die-cut pieces. This simple technique really added depth to the shape.
Now I used liquid glue to layer the three die-cut pieces together with the inked one on top. To finish I glued the bike onto the card front as if it was climbing up onto the sentiment. And just like that my card was complete.
I have to say I love the simplicity of this card which would be perfect for a retirement, sending someone off to college etc. There’s other silhouettes in the Greatest Journey Dies and I’ll definitely show you more of these in future projects. But first I want to get the amazing Enjoy the Journey 12″ x 12″ Desiger Series Paper (DSP). How I missed it off my recent order I’ll never know!
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Greatest Journey Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Greatest Journey Dies. Ordering the two products together using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle so you can explore this option if you wish.