Hey there crafty friends! It’s Morgan here and today we’re time-travelling back to April for today’s project: this agricultural-themed retirement card. This card was made for someone I worked with a few years ago (but have known for much longer than that!) who became very uncharacteristically sheepish upon receiving it (which was the first time I’d ever heard of them being so shy!).
I started by using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and a Mini MISTI to stamp out my chosen images. I then grabbed some Copic markers to colour all my super-duper cute cows and chickens from the Udderly Fabulous Stamp set, and the farmer from the Farmyard Fun Stamp set. I die-cut these using the Heffy Doodle Mini Die Cutting Machine.
I couldn’t resist adding a blue tractor in to coordinate with the blue shirt on the farmer, as a tiny tribute to a blue fleece that was nearly always worn.
I created the background by using one of my all-time favourite die sets – The Rolling Hills Landscape Dies! These dies make scene building oh-so-easy, especially combined with the Fence Border Die. I used some brown watercolour cardstock to die-cut my panels, and on the hill sections used the grass tuft die a few times for a fun 3D element. I then inked them up with some Rustic Wilderness and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxides and added some splatters with Wild Honey Distress Oxide.
My favourite thing about this die-set is that you can run it through your die-cutting machine in one go, but if you want, you can grab some scissors and snip apart all the sections to use the pieces individually, or in whichever combo you’d like.
I die-cut the sky section a second time with the Rolling Hills Dies because I wanted to ink up some yellow cardstock for a really vibrant effect. To get those beautiful sun rays I used the Simple Sunburst Stencil and some Wild Honey Distress Oxide. I splattered the sky with Copic Opaque White, and to complement this I used some white cardstock for my fence.
I added on the perfect sentiment for the occasion from the Special Day Sentiment Duos Stamps. And then assembled all my stamped images and die cuts. I used the grass tufts die-cut into the hills to tuck some critters behind and adhered almost everything with some Glubert Craft Glue. I opted to use Heffy Doodle Foam Tape for the farmer image, to give them a bit of dramatic flair!
And with that, my card was complete! Here’s a look at the finished project!
Until next time, happy crafting!