Hello Crafty Friends! It’s Marie! I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year. I’m super happy to be back sharing my new love themed card for the upcoming Valentine’s season! Today’s card features the most adorable little fawns from the Forest Fawns Stamp set. I can’t get enough of these cuties and their sweet little faces! To compliment the images, I paired them with elements from the Vertical Banner Die  for a backdrop of springtime foliage.

To create this card, I first started by die cutting two A2 sized panels from 110 lb heavy weight Neenah Solar White Cardstock. For my scene, I cut out a half-circle from Bristol Smooth cardstock paper using the Nesting Half- Circle Die. The skinny frame was created using two different sizes of dies from a set of A2 sized nesting dies. Next, I die cut flowers and foliage from the Vertical Banner die. The flowers were cut from pink and peach color cardstock paper while all the leaves were cut from Bristol Smooth cardstock.

For the lovely fawns, I stamped them onto watercolor paper using Distress Ink in  Antique Linen and colored them using Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I cut them using the Forest Fawns Dies.

Moving onto ink blending, I first start by ink blending my half circle using Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar for the sky portion and Distress Oxide Ink in Bundled Sage for the grass. I also Used Mft’s Premium dye ink the color Jalapeño poppers to darken the edges of the grass. I used the same green inks to color all the leaves. For the skinny frame I used Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Ink.

After ink blending and coloring, I assembled my card by adhering the skinny frame first . Then I adhered the half circle panel on top of a smaller half circle to give it the slightest height in order to be able to tuck in my leaves behind the panel. I adhered all the foliage using Bearly Art Craft glue and used double sided foam tape for the fawns giving them dimension. For my ‘I Love You’ sentiment, I used the Typed Everyday Stamps and used the smallest die in the Nesting A7 Die to create a tiny banner. As a finishing touch, I found a scrap die cut heart to place under my sentiment.

Lastly, to create a card that opens upward I took my other A2 panel and scored the top creating a small flap. I adhered the card panel to the flap on the base panel using double sided adhesive tape. And Presto! A finished card that is perfect for your loved one or friend!

Thank you so much for taking the time to join me today for my first card creation of 2023! I am looking forward to creating and sharing all the many projects for this year to come! Until next time, Happy Crafting and Cardmaking!!