Stampin’ Up! Nature’s Harvest Mixed Media Friendship Card for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! We have a theme challenge for our Hop today. Be sure to check out all of the Blog Hop posts we have for you! I can’t wait to see what my team members have created! Here is the challenge for today’s Blog Hop:

I am thankful for so many things – a loving family, good friends and a good life. The thing that keeps me going every day (my fuel) though, is being able to look out into the world and see the beauty around me – the sun, birds, trees and flowers. I chose the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set for my card today…it’s one of my favorites and the images are gorgeous!

I chose a mixed media approach and used ink, Stampin’ Blends and Watercolor Pencils to complete the card. I even did a little bit of pen work on the purple coneflowers on the front of the card. The card is simple in its design and is meant to let the flowers really shine.

The largest die from the Fabulous Frames Dies set was used to cut out the center panel. I then stamped the image of the coneflowers from the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set onto the panel using Crumb Cake ink. The flowers and stems were first colored in using Stampin’ Blends in So Saffron, Fresh Freesia and Old Olive to establish a base color. I then came back with watercolor pencils in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Gorgeous Grape, Early Espresso and Basic Black and focused on capturing realistic details, shadow and light. The watercolor pencils were used simply as colored pencils (no water added) and were kept extra sharp in order to create thin, darker lines where needed.

After coloring of the flowers was completed, I used a blending brush and lightly blended in some sky around the flowers using Balmy Blue ink. The colored panel was then mounted to a slightly larger Basic White panel and I used the Fabulous Frames Dies to cut out four photo corners in Basic Black cardstock.

The assembled panels were added to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. An oval panel was cut using the Fabulous Frames Dies again and I used only the insert to the frame. A greeting was stamped from the Heron Habitat Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I piece of Old Olive Twill Ribbon was added onto the top corner of the colored panel and the sentiment was adhered over top of the ribbon at an angle.

The smaller flower image from the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set was stamped on a white inside panel and I used the same Stampin’ Blends and watercolor pencils to color in the image. Balmy Blue ink was blended around the flowers and the panel was adhered to the inside of the card. No sentiment was stamped on the inside card panel.

Using the patterned stamp from the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set, I repeatedly stamped this image using Old Olive ink across the envelope front and envelope flap.

I hope you like my card for today and you’ll give it a try. The images from the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set are beautiful all on their own, but you can take the images to the next level if this is something that you enjoy doing.

Towards the bottom of this post, you will find a list of supplies used for this card. Click on the image below for the pdf tutorial.

On with the Hop! Click on the “Next” button to start at the top of the Hop list and to visit Amy Koenders blog. Enjoy!

Below is a list of participants in today’s Blog Hop. You can click on any name to be taken to their blog, but I hope you’ll visit all of them!

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      Nature’s Harvest Thank You Card

      I hope you had an enjoyable weekend! We had extreme heat this weekend over the mid-Atlantic and it was too hot to do anything outside. I normally launch posts at 6 am but I completely forgot to put my post up this morning so my apologies for the delay!

      Today’s card uses the lovely Nature’s Harvest bundle (stamps and dies), along with the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder.  Both of these items are available in the new annual catalog. I love both the antiqued look and the meadow flowers on this card. The card is adorned with tree branches which are extremely life-like, a purple cone flower, goldenrod, and poppies. So pretty!

      I first embossed a Very Vanilla card panel then used a sponge dauber to blend Crumb Cake ink over the embossed surface.  This provides the antique look that I was going for.  Next, I die cut several tree branches and flowers.  The flowers were die cut using white cardstock so that I could use Stampin’ Blends to color them in.  I stamped directly onto a length of Natural Finish Ribbon using one of the flower images from the Nature’s Harvest stamp set using Soft Suede ink…what a great look!

      You can download and print the project sheet for this card by clicking on the icon below.

      Wishing you a wonderful day! Stay crafty!

      Products used to make this card are included below:
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