Monday, December 5, 2022


It's Monday and that means it is time for new a new featured product of the week.  This week I am going to be using two stamp sets, Peaceful Deer, and Beauty of Friendship.  I may combine them together on one card -- like I did today -- or I may use them separately.  We'll just see how the week goes!

When I started creating today's card, I had absolutely no ideas in my head.  Usually, I like to have a "plan" before I start a card, but since no "plan" was coming to me, I just started stamping.  I started with the two bushes on the left front.  These "bushes" are from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set and are actually treetops, and then I started adding things as I went.  I ended up surprising myself and being very happy with how the card turned out.  Maybe I don't always need a plan!  

Other than the fawn and the bunny the scene on this card is all one layer, i.e. no dimensionals at all!  Would you have guessed that?  It looks like various pieces are in front of or behind others, doesn't it?  Visually, there is a lot of depth to this card.  The illusion of depth was created with smoke and mirrors -- well, not really, but it was done with blending brushes (smoke) and masking (mirrors).  If you would like to learn how I did it, please refer to the tutorial at this link for more information.

The only elements on the card that are popped up on dimensionals are the bunny and the deer, and of course the sentiment (but that doesn't count.  I almost always pop those up).

The two friends that are relaxing together, Hip the bunny and Fawn the deer, were both colored with Stampin' Blends.  I did have to fussy cut them as there are no dies that coordinate with the Peaceful Deer stamp set.  

Here is a closer look of Hip snuggled behind the bushes to protect her from the chilly winter wind.  Her white furry coat keeps her warm and well hidden, so she feels safe to come and hang out with Fawn for a little while.


And here's Fawn.  She loves hanging out with her friend Hip.  Fawn is also a little braver so she's out in the open, but the grove of pine trees behind her isn't far in case she needs to take cover.

The bushes behind Hip and the tree above Fawn show some freshly fallen snow on their branches telling us it is cold.  They both look very calm and peaceful in their wintery home, don't they?

The Shaded Spruce Pine Grove continues on the inside of the card, and Hip and Fawn told me to make sure to tell you that they want to wish you Love and Peace this Christmas Season and a Wonderful 2023 full of Friendships (like theirs) and Fun!

Below is the complete list of products I used to create this card.  Remember, you can always change the colors to use items you already have!  To learn more about any product, click on the link.  It will take you to my on-line store where you will be able to see all the details.

Product List

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