Just recently I received an order containing the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set and coordinating Deer Builder Punch. By adding some adhesive to my order I’d bumped up the total, and earned a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. It made sense to choose the Peaceful Prints 12″ x 12″ Designer Series paper (DSP) pack as it coordinates with the stamp set. Plus it was free and who wouldn’t want free papercrafting stuff?
Still, when I got the stamp set it wasn’t the deer that excited me, it was the four different sized trees. Suddenly I had an idea and I ended up with this card with not a deer in sight!.
I wanted to keep this project really simple so I chose Evening Evergreen for the card base and ink. Then I paired that with Basic White for the card layers and envelope.
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score the Evening Evergreen Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base. I set this aside while I got on with the stamping.
I planned to use all four tree images from the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set, but would use the stamping-off technique to add even more variety.
TIP – with the stamping-off technique it’s important to notice when you stamp over the edge of a layer. This will leave a tell-tale area of darker ink with a hard line on the stamp surface which you won’t want on your project. So in this case re-ink the stamp completely and ‘stamp off’ onto scrap paper before stamping the lighter ink on your design.
From Basic White Card I cut two pieces, one 4″ x 5-1/4″ and the other 3-3/4″ x 5″. Then I set the smaller piece aside for a moment while I concentrated on the other piece.
As this larger piece was going to line my card I wanted just a couple of small areas of trees in the bottom corners. Once they were done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the layer inside the card base.
To give my project a coordinated look I then stamped two small areas of trees on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope too.
Now I needed to create the main panel for the front of the card using the other Basic White piece.
This time I stamped the various trees at different heights in the lower half of the layer. By using the stamping-off technique I was able have lighter trees that looked further away. I also left a gap between the two main areas of trees so they looked more natural.
To turn the layer into a scene all I needed was to add a little Balmy Blue ink to define the winter sky. This was a simple task using a Blending Brush with a very light touch over the top 2/3 of the layer.
I felt the simple rustic nature of the scene would suit a little Linen Thread, but then I remembered I used standard Basic White Card. I really wanted to keep the design simple so I avoided the option of adding a layer with a border. Instead I simply cut another identical-sized piece of Basic White Card and glued it to the back. With that done I wrapped the Linen Thread three times around the piece and fixed the ends on the front using Mini Glue Dots.
For the sentiment I went back to the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set. I chose “Sending love & peace this season” and stamped it onto a scrap of Basic White Card using Evening Evergreen ink. Then I punched out the sentiment with the Regular Postage Stamp Punch. After that I attached it to the stamped layer while hiding the ends of the twine at the same time.
Finally with some more Linen Thread I tied a simple bow. Using another Mini Glue Dot I added the bow beside the sentiment. Then I mounted the assembled panel onto the card base and my project was complete.
The simple layout and colours work so well together. I’d planned a peaceful winter scene and that’s exactly what I ended up with. It’s the perfect card to send to someone for whom Christmas is anything but merry. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set with the coordinating Deer Builder Punch (not used today) using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.
FREE PEACEFUL PRINTS DSP – to get your hands on the free coordinating DSP (not used today) you’ll need to place an order for at least $60 CAD (before shipping and taxes). Then during the checkout process you’ll be prompted to select your free item(s) from the August-September 2021 Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Please note that this offer ends on September 30th, 2021 and supplies may be limited towards the end of the promotion.