My brother's birthday is next week. He and his family recently moved from Colorado to Georgia. They have a beautiful home and the move made sense for them (although how dare they take my teenage nieces that far away from me!) But my brother does love the Colorado mountains so his birthday card from me here still living in Colorado had to reflect our mountains!
This is the Abstract Mountain die from Ellen Hutson. It's like a jigsaw puzzle so the scene just happens! I knew I wanted to use that cork paper as one of the layers, then after I had it in place I realized I needed to balance it with some other textured layers so I embossed the snow-topped mountain. I tried a number of options for the sky but found the perfect solution in a paper pad that blends multiple colors so it gave me a hint of sun. (Details of all in the supply list.)
I put the sentiment at the bottom simply because it was one of the darker panels so my white embossing showed up the best. That left me a lot of empty sky so I filled it with a single bird.
With the help of the die, this card came together very quickly. And do you know how every once in a while you make a card that you are especially happy with - this is one of them! In fact I already made two more just like it (without the sentiment) to use for them as needed - probably during college finals in just a few weeks.
Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2
Dies: Essentials by Ellen Block Words and Abstract Mountain, Paper Rose Flying Birds - Small
Paper: Studio Light Essentials Paper Pad Multicolors (the sky), Stampin' Up Cork Specialty Paper
Other: Stampin' Up Tasteful Textile Embossing folder