Ringed with Nature – Friends

Welcome to both the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge (#398) and the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge (#305) launching today!

This week, I am combing both of my team challenges.  We have a great Sketch over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and a great Technique, Distressing, just perfect for Guy cards at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Let the fun begin!  Here is the result: 



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Crumb Cake cardstock.
    • The card front was dry-embossed with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.
    • The wood texture and the card front edges were distressed by adding Crumb Cake ink over the texture and around the edges with a Sponge Dauber.
  • Background Panel: (3” x 4¼”) Cajun Craze Dotted Striped patterned piece of paper from the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper pack.
    • The right edge was torn and the entire piece was crumpled into a ball and somewhat smoothed out for another distressed effect.
  • Focal Image(s) – Wood-Cut Rings: (6” x 6”) Kraft paper.
    • Using the Tree Rings Dies and the Tree Rings Hybrid Embossing Folder, the Wood-Cut Rings were created.
    • I chose three.
    • On the largest Ring, I stamped the House image from the Ringed with Nature stamp set.  The House with Cajun Craze ink and the Roof with Soft Suede ink.
    • Additionally, I used the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to fill-in the Window and Door details on the House.
    • The wood texture and the edges of the Wood-Cut Rings were colored with Crumb Cake ink using the Sponge Dauber.
  • Foliage Accents – Leaves: Cajun Craze, Garden Green and Mossy Meadow cardstock scraps.
    • Using the Leaf dies also in the Tree Rings Dies set, the accent pieces were cut.
  • Sentiment Label: (2½” x ⅝”) Early Espresso cardstock scrap.
    • The truncated sentiment, Friends, from the Cottage Rose stamp set was stamped with Versamark ink and heat-set with White Embossing Powder.
    • The label was distressed with the Paper Snips Scissor edge and the corners were distressed with a Bone Folder and separated.

With all the pieces complete, the elements were adhered to the card base to resemble the sketch.  The principal circle shape, the popped up Wood-Cut Ring is flanked by two additional Wood-Cut Rings and the Leaves are tucked in for contrast. The idea for the stamped House on the Wood-Cut Ring came from a sample in the July – December Mini Catalog found on page 12.

I love that we can find inspiration in many places.  Hope you like this distressed styled guy card.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda.

Please join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and Cardz 4 Guyz.  Great inspiration! 

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

One thought on “Ringed with Nature – Friends

  1. Torn edges and sponged ink….love it!! This stamp set and dies work perfectly for creating a “distressed” card!! Beautifully put together!! Your card is sure to inspire others to play along with our new “distressing” challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

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