Friday, 29 October 2021

Dream Big

I made todays card for my cousins' 66th birthday and in this country that means pension day, the day she starts receiving her state pension. I figured that as she will have a little more money coming in it might encourage her to dream big.


It took me 3 attempts to get this right, but I am glad I persevered. I had trouble with the ink bleeding under the stencil and messy inky fingers, you know what happens with them!


Once I succeeded with the inking I stamped the sentiment in a dark brown ink and added a few dark brown enamel dots. I was quite pleased with the way everything matched.


I am sharing this at:
Seize the Birthday: make a sunset scene



Supplies:
Cardstock: Bristol Board; Adorable Scorable Matt-tastic for card base
Ink: Distress ink, colours as in photo; Catherine Pooler, icing on the cake
Stamps: Free with magazine
Stencil: Newton's Nook 2 layer
Dies: Create a Smile stitched rectangle (A6)

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19 comments:

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Hilary this is one gorgeous card I love the sentiment behind the make of it the sun and trees are beautifully done a wonderful creation
hugs
lorraine x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card and love the beautiful stencils well worth the inky trouble
Carol x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I just dream about my retirement that I have to wait LOL :D I'm sure that your cousin will be happy to have finally free time and some money to enjoy her dreams. You made a perfect card for the occasion and love the blending!! The brawn is just perfect to match the sunny colours!

Cat Craig said...

Beautifully done, Hilary. I love that you used the stencil for the bars of color in your sunset. Very cool looking.

Cathy said...

This worked out beautifully Hilary, love the stencilled bars in your gorgeous sunset, and thankyou for playing along at Seize the Birthday, Cathy x

aussie aNNie said...

Wow such brilliance in this design, love the stamp. x

sandie said...

Your ink blending worked out really well and love the ombré look. I like how you placed the trees so they overpay the background, a. Lovely design I always think. A great scene and your friend will love this. Fab to see you at CASology

Ashwini Rao said...

What a gorgeous card! Those sunset colors look incredible, and I love the mini scene!! Just gorgeous!!

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, Hillary, I think this is the prettiest sunset I've ever seen on a card. You nailed it and also the idea to "dream big" now that is so spot on.

Leslie Miller said...

The gradation of color is absolutely beautiful! A stunning scene, really. I will pin this to my colors board. What a cool stencil combo. Your friend will love this. I hope all her big dreams come true!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous stenciling to create your tropical scene, Hilary!! I hear you on trying to keep the white panels clean - you did amazing!!

Bunny said...

This is beautiful. Love the colors. [Bunny]

Christine Alexander said...

what a wonderful card to celebrate with, gone are the days when you can collect pension at 60 or 65 ♥

I Card Everyone said...

Hilary I love the brown stamping over these gorgeous sunset stripes! Congratulations - you nailed it!
=]

Loll said...

What a lovely card for your cousin to celebrate the start of her pension. I would love to be in a nice warm place with the sun shining and palm trees blowing in the wind. It's gorgeous! Great work! xx

Mac Mable said...

What a striking card and well done you persevering, as it sure was worth it. I love the wonderful blending and the silhouette against the crisp white card base.....She will love it.....And the extra pennies Hilary x.

Viv said...

Love this Hilary! x

Witchcrafted Life said...

This card is seriously fantastic. Love it big time!

From the 1970s to the early 90s, my paternal grandparents were smitten with taking trips to Hawaii, often (sweetly) bringing home little souvenirs for us grandkids in the process. I well remember stickers, postcards, and t-shirts with similar looking tropical sunsets and just had the loveliest rush of nostalgia thinking about those items again for the first time in a good long while.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Nancy said...

I would have bet money that I commented on this fabulous card! I am all about making scenes and this card is just wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!