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Hello Friends!  It’s Carol here today and I sure hope your week has been a good one so far!  Today, I have a card using the adorable Gather Together stamps and Honey Cuts.  I just had to try making a Bridge Card style with this set as the stamp is the perfect size for that!  I was inspired to make this style after seeing the amazing Jennifer McGuire’s fresh take on Bridge Cards.  I’ve never made one before, but following her fabulous directions made it easy!

I stamped the critters in Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils.  I didn’t use Gamsol to blend here but instead used the Blender pencil.  I like how this leaves texture while blending and keeps the animals looking furry!

Here are the steps for the card base. I cut some Neenah Desert Storm to 5-½” x 8″.  This piece is scored at 1-¼” and 2-½” on each end.  Next I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# to 5-¼” x 7-¾”.  To score this piece I layered it onto the Desert Storm and use a pencil to mark where to score.   Next I used a couple of stencils from the Winter Wonder Background stencil set (because a lot of mountains are green in the summer!)  I used one of the mountain stencils and ink blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the sky.  I used the other piece of the mountain stencil and ink blended Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I used the tree line stencil and inked Mowed Lawn again, just making it darker at the top to stand out and lighter as I got towards the bottom of the paper.  I stamped a sentiment from the Gather Together set in Versafine Onyx Black ink in the upper sky portion.

Before I began assembling, I decided to make a little branch to go behind the animals to add more dimension.  I used the Branch & Leaves Honey Cuts and die cut the branch three times from Desert Storm cardstock.  I glued all three together, snipped off part of the branch so it would fit, and colored it with some brown Prismacolor pencils.  For the leaves, I inked some white cardstock with Mowed Lawn for the base of the leaves and Twisted Citron Distress for the top layer and die cut several out.  I adhered the leaves to the branch and had to snip a bit more off the branch to allow room for the leaves.  To secure the branch, I cut a piece of acetate I had from some packaging, folded it to make a tab, adhered it to the branch and added Scor-Tape to the tab.  I adhered this a bit more than half way back behind the critters.

I then used some green cardstock and cut two layers with the Grassy Border die.  I inked the front layer with Twisted Citron to lighten it and adhered the two together with some glue at the bottom edge (so I could tuck the animals in-between the layers a bit).  I adhered the critters to the grassy border (it’s cut to approximately 5-1/8″) and adhered that to the card base.

When my card is folded flat it is 5-½” square.  I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope for it.

I wanted something for the sky area and was very happy to see that the bird in Bill the Bear set is the same exact style as the ones in Gather Together!  Also the little bees in Bill’s set were the perfect scale!  I colored these with my pencils and die cut them with the coordinating Honey Cuts.  If you need to see how to assemble this type card in further detail, I strongly suggest watching Jennifer McGuire’s video (I watched twice–Haha!)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope the remainder of your week is fun and crafty!

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