Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nature's Wonder


She walked down the paved road and seemed to notice for the first time the beauty in a single blade of grass,  the intricate design of a tree branch full of leaves. She realized it was so pretty and so full of wonder, this thing called Nature is...

Practicing Creativity Design's is releasing another "sequel" this month, an everyday partner set to Christmas Wonder. There are many mix and match sentiments and a few beautiful silhouette stamp images to Nature's Wonder. I've created a quick tutorial to showcase how to use the silhouette stamps to create depth on a card.

Draw a horizon line lightly in pencil onto your card base or a piece of cardstock.

Using a piece of scrap paper as a mask, stamp an image repeatedly in your lightest ink color,
followed by one or two more slightly darker ink colors.
Offset the stamp slightly or vary the angle for a more natural, flowing feel.

Stamp your main image in the darkest color of ink.
Here I was able to alter the look of the leaf stamp by inking only a part of the image
and then curving the photopolymer on my second inked pass. Stamp your sentiment.

For less bulk, punch a small circle at the crease of the card and thread your twine through.
Tie off on the front of your card.

For more wonderful eye candy using Nature's Wonder, stop by the blogs of Courtney, Paulina and Dana as have some great eye candy for you, as well as our talented guest designers Valerie, Amy and Vanessa.

Please be sure to stop by this post for your chance to win both sets being released this month!

45 comments:

  1. Oh Karen, this is beautiful...you could use this with so many different sentiments...I love the neutral color tones and the tall grasses.

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  2. Karen, this is just beautiful. I love how earthy this card looks and this set is definitely going on my wish list.

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  3. Oh I love this earthy card Karen! These stamps are so fun!

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  4. Gorgeous arrangement of images and colours.

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  5. LOVE this card. SO clean and pretty. I'll have to try your string technique!

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  6. Simple and so beautiful! I like it!

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  7. WOW! I am absolutely floored by this one. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

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  8. I always enjoy your 'intros'...a writer, a graphic artist, a paper artist, a momma....I could go on and on...how do you do it?

    LOVE your card...

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  9. Oh now this is beyond beautiful, Karen! Love the stamping on Kraft and the rustic feel of he card - just amazing!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  10. Wow! This is beautiful, Karen! I just love its earthy nature. Thanks for the step-by-step, too!

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  11. Karen, the beauty of this set is perfectly displayed on your earthy, organic card. Simply lovely.

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  12. Did you hear that? My jaw just hit the floor. Stunning, simply stunning. TFS!

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  13. Just beautiful!! I absolutely love this card :)

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  14. Beautiful card. I just love how you stamps the images.

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  15. just gorgeous.. Love love the Stamping. Lovely colours !! :)

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  16. These silhouette images are gorgeous, Karen! I love the versatility the DT has shown with this set. Your card is so classic and beautiful, and I especially love the dark stamped image over the softer images in the bg.

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  17. Another beautiful card! I love the earthy colors. Just fabulous!

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  18. Karen, I could literally stare at this card for hours---it is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the neutral color palette. And the images you've designed for this release are beautiful!

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  19. Wow Karen! I love this set....thanks so much for creating it! I LOVE LOVE it! Thanks for the tutorial to show just how versatile the silhouettes are. I really like the neutral colors...perfect to use with your sympathy stamp! :)

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  20. Oh, I so love this card, Karen!!! I would never have thought you used the same stamp!!! Great effect!

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  21. I love the natural feel to this! Beautiful set!!!!

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  22. LOVING your new set Karen! I've always loved stamps with a natural feel, and your silhouettes certainly have that. I also love the big sentiments, this set is a winner!

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  23. Karen your card is gorgeous! Love what you have done!

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  24. This is so lovely.... Beautiful depth, wonderful color pallete... :)

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  25. Ohhh....this is gorgeous! I love the colors.

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  26. karen, this is very pretty-thanks for the tutorial! your punch idea is something i need to do--gotta buy that punch:)

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  27. Just awesome stamping Karen! Such a lovely classy card! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  28. Beautiful Karen! Love the tutorial - this will come in very handy...and the stamp design is gorgeous!!

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  29. What a wonderful card, Karen! I love the look and your tutorial was great! My favorite tip? Using the little hole punch on the side of the card to make the opening. I've often just snipped a "diamond" with my scissors - but the round shape looks so much more purposeful. Cleaner.

    Hugs!

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  30. This is simply stunning, Karen! I'd never have guessed the black image wasn't as tall as it looks if you hadn't done the tutorial. Thanks for sharing your genius!

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  31. Oh Karen this card is simply gorgeous! I love all of the neutrals together, the black really pops! What a great tip about the hole to help keep the twine in place. :)

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  32. simply gorgeous. love love this, Karen!

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  33. WOW!! What a fabulous card, Karen! Love it's natural feel and it's stunning simplicity!!

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  34. What a gorgeous card! I really like this!!

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  35. Gorgeous Karen! I absolutely love this style, and your step by steps make everything seem so easy.

    Way to go! :D

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  36. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! :)

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  37. Gorgeous card. And such a nice stamp set. Congratulation for your second stamp set. I love those letters with empty space. Maybe you make an alphabet set. I would love this.

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  38. Love this, Karen!! Thanks for the tut!

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  39. This is so serene and lovely, Karen!

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  40. I love this card. Thank you for the "how tos". {Hugs} Peggy
    Stampnmore at aol dot com

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  41. Wow Karen, I love the layered stamping! the silhouettes are so serene and pretty:-)

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