Mountain Air is another stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog that I loved right away. I could see so many possibilities. I decided to create a mountain sunrise for today’s card.
First, I inked the mountain stamp with Highland Heather and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers. Because I used the Stamparatus to stamp the image on Whisper White Cardstock, I could add multiple layers of color to the mountain range. To get a little more color, I turned the stamp over and inked the “blank” side with Highland Heather Classic Ink. I stamped off a few times before stamping the color over the mountains.
I stamped the trees and meadow image in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. I used a Sponge Dauber to fill in with a little more Shaded Spruce Ink.
Next, I stamped the mountains image on scrap paper, then cut it out to create a mask. I placed it over the mountains, then used the reverse side of the moon stamp to create a sun using Mango Melody Classic Ink. Finally, I sponged a little Daffodil Delight and Balmy Blue Ink in the sky with two more Sponge Daubers. And I decided to add birds at the last minute, because there are always birds at sunrise. At least there are at my house, cawing and chirping and making loud noises that wake me up before I’m ready. There’s even one that sings, “Pi-ka, Pi-ka, Pi-ka-chu!!!” really early. Amelia loves that one. I want to stuff it in a Pokeball.
I decided to use the collect beautiful moments sentiment from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set on the front of the card. I used Shaded Spruce again so it would blend with the meadow behind it. And I thought a little bling was needed, so I colored some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with Mango Melody and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends and added them to the card. The stamped panel is layered to a Purple Posy card base.
Whenever I think about mountains, it reminds me of the John Denver song, Country Roads. There’s some debate about whether it’s really about West Virginia or Southwestern Virginia, because we have some nice mountains down there. Either way, it’s one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar at a slumber party when I was in middle school. Recently, Amelia started singing this song. I think she learned it because it was on one of the field trip driver’s play list. I started singing along, then went to the verse, and she said, “Seesa! How do you know that song?” She’s so funny. She thinks anything she learns is new stuff that old people (like grandparents) can’t possibly know.
Hopefully she will learn – like I finally did – that grandparents and great grandparents are the smartest people around. I have always been in awe of my mom, because she always knows the answer to every question (and if she doesn’t, Dad does). My go-to answer whenever the boys asked me something was, “You know who would know that? Grandma/Granddaddy.” It kind of scares me to know that my parents are getting older and someday, I’m going to be the one everyone looks to for answers. Now I’m wishing I had listened more to my parents and grandparents.
But the other day, one of the kids asked me something, and after I answered, I thought, “Oh, my gosh! How do I know that?” Because the answer was right, but it was in an area that I have very little knowledge. Maybe I listened more to my parents and grandparents than I thought. Or maybe osmosis kicked in. Whatever the answer, I’m just really grateful for Google!
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