Let's Go Camping!

Lets-go-camping-CUJeanne here today!  Do you have a camper in your family?  Every summer for as along as I can remember I've made a happy camper card for my son.   He started in scouting in 5th grade and has been fortunate to see so much of our beautiful country.  He's older now, but he still goes on trips with friends, or family, and I still sneak a little card in his pack with some snacks so he knows I'm under the same stary sky thinking of him when he's somewhere else looking up - maybe thinking of me.


I wanted to share how I created my little scene starting with the cloudy sky.  Here's what you'll need... card stock, distress ink, foam blending tool, and a mask.  First you need to create a mask - I used to cut my scalloped cloud edge by hand, but with the new Puffy Cloud and Delicate Cloud Borders - life is easy!  Just die cut the cloud edge from heavy card stock.  (I used the Poppystamps Puffly Cloud Border here.)
Camping-2Layer the die cut card stock mask  on top of your white card stock base.  Hold the mask firmly over the card and start blending the ink with the foam applicator in a circular motion from the mask to the base.  You can blend as much or as little as you like for a dark or lighter sky.
Camping-3Repeat this process several times - moving the cloud mask so the pattern is not repeated.  This will give a more natural appearance.  You can make as many or as few layers of clouds as you like.  
Camping-4Here's my finished sky.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Clouds come in many different pattterns, shapes and colors!   Next I cut a landscape by simply cutting colored card stock with a wavy pattern.  Another border die would look wonderful here - how about the Pine Tree or Fremont Pine Landscape?
Camping-5I like to lay out all the elements of my design before I glue them down.  I can experiement with different layouts until I have everything exactly where I want it. 
Camping-6The little tent was made by cutting a triangle up the center and folding the edges back.  I placed a different color cardstock on the inside.    OK I like this layout.  The last thing I did was a little more embellishing.  I typed a sentiment in Word Times New Roman size 20 that says "Explore" and cit ot with the Classic Ribbon die.  Lastly, I added some bitty flowers in the grass.
Lets-go-camping!I hope you will try making some clouds - they are a fun easy way to make your own background and embellish an outdoor scene!




The clouds are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lots of wonderful inspiration here! Your little scene is adorable and I LOVE your clouds!

Love how you made the clouds. Thanks for the tutorial. The card is darling.

beauitful card!

That cloud background is fabulous.

Fabulous card Jeanne and now I want that puffy cloud die.

What a fantastic card and I love the tutorial. Great job!

Jeanne I knew this was adorable from the SP.....wow I had no idea that is how you make those clouds! Darling card and thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Very cool clouds

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