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Jul 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

This week's sketch challenge on SCS gave me the opportunity to play with a beautiful new stamp I received from Innovative Stamp Creations. The nature inspired stamps they have are simply beautiful!! I definitely will be picking up the Serenity stamp from the latest release this week - it's just stunning and reminds me so much of the boardwalk up to the beach at my parent's house.

Tomorrow is my father's birthday (and my mother-in-law's - how funny is that?!), so I thought this beautiful stamp would work well for a masculine birthday card. The stamp set is called, Birch Tree Paintings. I stamped the image using on Watercolor paper and used ink pads to color the tree. I sort of forgot when I was coloring that tree was a birch tree - oops. So I took my Fresh Snow & Vintage Cream ink pads and colored over the tree to mute the browns and make it look more birch-bark like. I think it worked pretty well.

Check out the Innovative Stamp Creations blog to see all the lovely samples their design team has made with the newly released stamps - truly inspiring!! :) A huge thanks also to ISC for being such a great supporter and donor to Stamping Around!!

Cardstock: Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink), Watercolor paper (SU!), Patterned Paper: Kate Collection (Crate Paper), Stamps: Birch Tree Paintings (Innovative Stamp Creations), sentiment from Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink), Ink: Stazon, Accessories: Copper brads, aquapainter & ink pads


  1. This is gorgeous, and what a wonderful birthday card for a dad! I will have to check out their stamps !

  2. Really nice Julie! Totally looks like a birch tree to me. Have a great weekend.

  3. Ohh...this is fantastic! Beautiful card and it!

  4. This is such a great card! Beautiful!

  5. Hey, Awesome Card!!!
    I just ordered the berry set we used in CT.
    I have been dreaming about that stamp set since I got back.
    I have to have it LOL
    Hope you are doing well!!

  6. What a pretty card! I like all the embellishments you added -- not too much, not too little -- especially the ones either side of the stamped image.

  7. This is beautiful! At first I thought you used flower soft as it looks so real. :) Love how you used the brads, too.

  8. Fabulous card Julie! Love that image and the colors. TFS!

  9. This is such a beautiful 'manly' card!

  10. what a beautiful card! i love that stamp! thanks for your votes!

  11. Your tree looks awesome, Julie!! I love that image, and this is a perfect masculine card!!


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