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I haven’t used "natural" card stock in a while–I love it because even tho it’s not "hand-made" paper, it still conveys a feeling and appearance of it, if that makes sense.  It has a rich color, with subtle "pepper" flecks or speckles–reminiscent of a stoneware type surface?  It’s not buttery smooth, and has a slight texture, but still very easy to stamp crisply on.

I couldn’t resist perching Solid Bird among the Birch Trees–I used a warm rich red ink so she wouldn’t "disappear" among the branches.

I used a white chalk pencil to color in the trees quickly, and hand-drew the horizon line.  I was a  little crooked with my hand-written sentiment and should have penciled in a guideline to keep my lettering straight–I have a tendency to write "uphill" without guidelines!  LOL!

After struggling with ribbon, I finally decided an ivory twine worked best on this design, and helped emphasize that "natural" effect I was going for.

This makes a great "gender-neutral" card, methinks?

STAMPS:  All images (A Muse Artstamps)
PAPER:  Natural Ivory Card Stock (SU!)
INK:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy (Tsukineko)
CHALK PENCIL:  White (Faber-Castell)
RIBBON:  Ivory Twine (May Arts)

  1. Love that little red cardinal in the trees. cute card!

    Just heard via Precious Memories in Langley, BC that you are heading back up our way – yeah! Noticed you already have it on your sidebar too. Hope to be able to make it out that weekend if not for a class just to say “hi”.

  2. Cute card. Love the red cardinal.

    Hope to see you in Langley at Precious Memories — saw in their newsletter you are coming back our way and noticed you have it on your blog as well. Yeah, us :)

  3. So natural and beautiful! I love the bird in red, and I agree that it could work for both genders! Great card, Julie!!

  4. WOW – I love this! SOOO beautiful!

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