My 25th wedding anniversary is coming up, so I’m been wanting to make a really special card for my husband. I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do, and then I was inspired by a card made by demonstrator, Michelle Zindorf. (She is so amazingly artistic!) I love looking at her cards.
My husband and I got married in Yosemite Valley on November 3, 1990. That was the year that Yosemite celebrated its centennial anniversary of becoming a national park. While there wasn’t any snow around at the time, my husband and I have always loved cross-country skiing, and one our favorite places to go is Yosemite.
This card reminds me of the beautiful scenes we’ve seen during our ski adventures. I have a feeling that my husband will love it.
To create my card, I used two different stamp sets – Wonderland (from the Holiday Catalog) and White Christmas.
I used a masking technique to create the snow banks and to block out sections of the stamps that I didn’t want to show. To create the snowbanks, I created masks by ripping three strips of cardstock in the general shapes. Then, I secured the masks on top of my background with some old washi tape. Afterwards, I sponged over the masks to achieve the shading. I removed each mask and added more shading to each layer.
Additionally, after removing the first mask, I stamped the bare trees from White Christmas, and after removing the second mask, I stamped the Wonderland trees, both with Basic Gray Archival ink. Finally, I flipped over the card and stamped the mirrored images in the lake. I really didn’t do anything fancy here. If you look carefully, it’s not exact mirror images. I simply stamped the stamps upside down and your eye sort of fills in the image.
When I was done stamping the trees, I used a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to add snow. This helps the trees stand out, because none of the blue from the sky is showing through the solid trunks or branches.
On the inside of the card, I used the hostess set, Antique Tags for a greeting. You can find this in the Holiday Catalog. I simply covered up the “New Year” with “Anniversary” to customize the greeting. I thought this stamp was particularly apropos, because our wedding invitation had an antique photo on the front with an old fashion wedding scene.
I even stamped the envelope with some images from White Christmas and Layered Letters. I used a Blender Pen for all the coloring on the inside of the card and the envelope.
I think the Expressions Natural Element greeting really adds to the rustic theme of the card.
This is definitely one of my favorite cards.
Supplies used on my project:
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Give masking a try!!! Play around and see what you can create.