This Deer Trio Die from Diemond Dies is so versatile, and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to share a couple of fun ways to use it to make some masculine cards.  First of all, the trio can be used all together to make a nature, baby, or family-themed project. However, you can also use just the stag and doe to make a card for a wedding or anniversary card too.

20150516_173316 (1)I die cut the first two cards (shown above) from wood veneer paper that I received from my friend Candace (YT: Candace Scarborough).  She sells these adhesive backed wood grained veneer papers at her Zibbet store: OnlyOneLifeCreations.  The light background on the first card is pine, the darkest stag is cherry, the mid tone doe and fawn is golden oak, and the soft background for the second card is weathered wood.  Very little else needed to be done other than to die cut and inlay (or lay on top in the case of the second card) these beautiful deer with these gorgeous real wood veneer papers. I wanted the special quality of these wood veneer papers to shine so I kept the cards clean and simple (CAS), just inking around the edges and adding some patterned corrugated base layering to the second card for some interest.

20150516_181526For the third card, I decided to get out my inexpensive ($1.99 at Tuesday Morning) watercolors and just play.  I cut down and moistened some 140 lb Strathmore watercolor paper, and laid down layer after layer of color, making sure to regularly change out my water so as to prevent muddying of the colors. I wanted to create an easy rainbow colored sunset background to inlay the die cut deers.  I simply colored the deers black to make them silhouetted against the vibrant background.

On the inside I stamped out a simple “Happy Father’s Day” on all three cards (the second one is for my hubby since we don’t have any kids, except fur babies), and that was it! No further embellishing required. 😀

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The following is a share of all three cards with a process video of the watercoloring:

Thanks for stopping by and remember to PAWS and enjoy the journey! WOOF

The pine background card with three deer is being entered into the Addicted to Stamps CAS Challenge

The layered card with the two deer is being entered into the Virginia’s View Layers and Dimension Challenge #14

The water colored rainbow sunset card is being entered into The Pink Elephant Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkles Inspiration Challenge
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