A Rustic Birthday


I first saw the stamp set Nature’s Wish (D1703) in the new idea book at Convention.  I immediately fell in love with the big game, ‘outdoorness’ of it.  It was also a great addition for masculine artwork – and thought of my Dad who has always been a hunter.  Since his birthday was last month, I finally got out this stamp set to play.


I wasn’t sure what to do to add color to these images – I’m not one to sit and color, so I wasn’t really keen on that idea.  When I first saw the stamp set, I thought maybe I could use water colors and paint the animals.  Of course, since I’m always late sending family cards & gifts (I woke up on the morning of my Dad’s birthday with an idea for his gift – no way it was going to make it from UT to PA that day!) – I didn’t have time for any meticulous water coloring,  so I decided to do a mottled/fall/waterstained background look instead.


I started with a piece of water color paper, and did a clear water wash on it.  Then I started adding dabs of different shades of brown.  I kind of lightly blobbed them all over the paper (sorry – I’m not a water color artist, so I have no idea what it’s really called – that’s just how I did it).  Then I added in some orange, red, and yellow to give it the hint of fall leaves.  Last I added a few spots of blue for the sky.

After it was dry, I cut the water colored paper into 2 pieces – one for the main stamped image and the other for the Happy Birthday piece.  I stamped the images in Cocoa – so they would be dark, but not black.  I used Happy Birthday from the Hooked on You set (B1535) and Pen Pal Alphabet (B1539) to spell out DAD.  Then I backed both pieces with Chocolate cardstock.  I distressed the cardstock using an Edge Distresser and Chocolate ink.  Next, I added some gold foil tape to a piece of the wood grain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals and layered this with another piece of chocolate cardstock onto the card base.  I added the  attached the water color pieces and a few embellishments for a simple masculine birthday card.  Here’s another example with an elk instead of the deer.



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