Our weather in the UK has not been the best for spending time in the Great Outdoors, but after a thunderstorm yesterday and a grey start this morning, the afternoon turned out to be warm and sunny and Mr Magpie and I spent an afternoon in our 'Great Outdoors', which is a local park with a stretch of river where we've seen kingfishers and woods full of wonderful, old trees, I have created a simple card, which evokes an afternoon in the great outdoors to me! These days I try find ways to create texture on cards without making them too bulky for postage.
This background I created by brayering with PaperArtsy Fresco paints in Tangerine Twist, Hey Pesto and Smurf. I then used a Stencil Girl stencil of a wood with birds, a Lin Brown leaf stencil by Electica at PaperArtsy and a Clearsnaps mask of a birch wood with some Dreamweavers' stencil brushes with a small quantity of Chalk Fresco. For the little birds, I stencilled in Inky pool and then shifted the stencil just slightly over to one side and stencilled again in Smurf so as to give the birds and the trees dimension.
I arranged these on a Kraft card blank, decorating the spaces between with some Sage and Hey Pesto Fresco used with sequin waste as a stencil.
The sentiment 'Live in the Sunshine' by Artistic Outpost is stamped onto painted card in Wendy Vecchi Geranium Archival ink and clear embossed.
A quick and simple card, which should fit easily into an envelope for mailing. I do hope that you have been able to spend some time in the Great Outdoors yourself this weekend and that you will find some time to create a celebration of this lovely theme and link it up Here. Meanwhile I will leave the last word on The Great Outdoors to Wordsworth!
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.