Yesterday I finally had a play with the On the Horizon Stamp Set. I was driven by the New Horizons Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I featured in last Wednesday’s blog. After I had made that card, I wanted to do more! I’ve also ordered the Oceanfront Stamp Set because I’ve seen so many fabulous cards crafters have made using it. This isn’t normally my “style” but I really want to try them! As they say watch this space!
To start today’s card I chose the sheet of New Horizons Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I wanted to use. As this was my first attempt, I chose a design that is one of my least favourite just in case I messed up big time. Overall I’m quite pleased with my finished card although it is missing a focal point. I’m not going to beat myself up about it; it’s all a learning curve. I worked on the full 6″ x 6″ sheet rather than starting with a piece that measures 4⅜” x 3⅜” so I could choose which part of the DSP looked the best once I had done my stamping. This can be a wasteful way of approaching this type of DSP, so for my second attempt I will cut the size I need by starting at one side. I’m not sure what I can do with the 2⅛” strip I have leftover from today’s card but I’ll hold onto it. I’m thinking I could collect three small views from leftovers and use all three for one card!
When I stamped the trees in Evening Evergreen Ink, I masked off the ground. I wasn’t sure what it would look like leaving the ground there and then stamping five sets of trees all on different levels. Next I stamped the birds using Early Espresso Ink, A word of warning! It’s very easy to stamp the birds upside down. I saw one video where the demo realised what she had done and another demo who didn’t (appear to) notice! Personally, I think stamped upside down makes them look like different kinds of birds! LOL!
At this stage I decided to cut the DSP to the size I wanted. Next I started to work on the fence. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this; I just knew I didn’t want to use just die-cut cardstock. I decided to use the floorboard-like stamp with Soft Suede ink and then die-cut one each of the two fences. I wasn’t happy with the amount of woodgrain lines – it needed more. I stamped directly onto the die-cuts very randomly until I was happy with the amount of coverage. I played with various positions for the two fences until I knew how I wanted them positioned but before adhering them, I wanted to stamp some grass so it would be on the inside (behind) the fence.
I stamped the grass image twice with the second one coming off the edge and played with placement of the fences which I found a bit harder than it probably sounds! Eventually I decided to cut off some posts so that it was only the crossbars that were on the outside edge of the DSP. I think I wasn’t happy with the posts against the edge because they aren’t straight and they looked odd against a straight edge. Now I was ready to start putting my card together, starting with a regular C6 card base in Basic White Cardstock (CS). My top layer is also Basic White CS which I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. It measures 5⅝” x 4”. I cut a layer of Evening Evergreen (CS) 4½” x 3½” for the cut DSP which was 4⅜” x 3⅜”.
I stamped the THANKS FOR EVERYTHING sentiment using Evening Evergreen Ink onto a ⅜” x 3⅜” strip of Basic White CS and an Evening Evergreen CS layer for it which measures ½” x 3½”. I used Tombow to adhere the top layer to the card base and Dimensionals to adhere the image and the sentiment in place. The only bling I’ve added to this card are a couple of pebbles on each side of the fence. Inside the card I added a middle layer of Evening Evergreen CS and a top layer of Basic White CS; I had previously stamped some grass along the bottom using Evening Evergreen Ink and the birds using Early Espresso Ink.
Apart from the missing focal point I’m happy with my first play with the On the Horizon Stamp Set! That’s it from me today. I’ll be back soon and in the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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