This card was actually the first design that I created for the July birthdays. As I mentioned in my earlier post here, I try to have cards that don’t have a gendered feel. The images in the Mountain Air stamp set are perfect for creating scenes that feel like the epitome of Vermont. In fact, the scene in this card reminds me a bit of the view that we saw last weekend when we visited Shelburne Farms. Granted the view that we saw from the top of Lone Tree Hill also included the lake between the grass and trees where we were standing and the Adirondack mountains, so this card isn’t a perfect match. But the natural feel of the card gets the vibe right. So, I figured that fellow Vermonters from my church would appreciate the scenery on the card.

You may be wondering why I didn’t go with this card since I clearly picked a different card design. I really do love how this card turned out, and I thought about it long and hard before going in a different direction. Ultimately I decided that the card was too time consuming for mass production. I used a mask to cover the front mountains before stamping the purple mountains in the distance. I ended up actually creating the scene 3 times before I finally got one that didn’t have “ghosting” between the foreground mountains and the background mountains. That amount of re-do effort is not a great fit for mass production. I have seen people make cards by stamping the 2 mountains without masking, but I didn’t want to have the purple to overlap with the foreground mountains. Don’t get me wrong – I love this stamp set and think it will be great for a nature-loving friend or family member. The whole reason that I changed course was because I needed to make SO MANY of them.

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