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  • Writer's pictureKaren Ebeling

Desert themed cards

I was asked to make a card using Catus, desert type things and so I went through my stash and found 2 set that fit the bill. This first card is made with the Simon Hurley set he released a few months ago. It’s a complete set with stencils stamps and dies. To make the card I used dye and oxides inks to et the result I wanted.

For the second card I use the Simon Hurley stencil again for the background but used a stamp set I bought on Amazon for the banner. The set was $7 for the 4x6 stamp set. The stamps are very soft but did stamp just fine.

Desert card 1


5x7 card base

5 ¾ x 3 ¾ black cardstock

5 5/8 x 3 5/8 white cardstock for ink blending

3 ½ white scrap for stamping

White paper for inside message

Black paperer for inside mat

Distressed Oxide- Gathered twig

Gina K ink pad- Blue denim, Red hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion


2. Place the Stencil with the mountains cut across the bottom of the inked paper and use oxide Gathered twig to ink. Allow it to dry.

3.die cut the cactus then stamp the cactus the flower. Lightly brush over the whole stamped die cutwith light brown.

4. Stamp the sentiment on the right side of the inked panel.

5. Glue the inked panel to the black panel then glue to the center of your card front.

6. Attach the cactus to the bottom left of the panel using foam.

7. For the inside, stamp your sentiment then lightly ink the whole thing with the same brown you used on the cactus. Layer with a black paper ¼ inch bigger than the paper you stamped your sentiment on.

Desert card 2


Simon Hurley Sedona scene maker with the stamp and die set

5x7 card base

5x7 white paper for blending (see card 1)

5x 1 ¾ white

5x 1 7/8 black

3x 1 ¾ white for inside

3 ¼ x 2 black for inside

Pink and Main You’re a Blessing stamp


1. Starting on the bottom and working your way up on the 5 5/8 white card stock blend the yellow, then orange, red and blue. Trim 1/8 an inch off the top and 1 of the sides.

2. Stamp your sentiment and pot to the 5 x 1 ¾ white paper. Use the plant stamp when lining up to make sure you have enough room. Stamp the plant after you are finish the pot.

3. Glue the panel to the black 5 x 1 7/8 lining up the left edges.

4. Glue the inked panel to the front of the card base.

5. Attach foam to the sentiment banner and attach to the left side of the card base.

6. For the inside, stamp the message on to the white 3 x 1 ¾ then glue to the black 3 ¼ x 2. Glue to the center of inside of the card.

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