Sunset in the Woods Inked Background Card

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Create a pretty Fall sunset card for any occasion with Peg's technique.

There is nothing more beautiful than a sunset.  A fall sunset is exceptionally pretty against a tree lined foreground.  This sunset is created by using your favorite inks and will last a long time in the eyes of the viewer.


First, create a 5” x 7” card base from cardstock.  Also, cut a 4 ¼” x 6 ¼” mat from the same cardstock.  Cut a 4 ½” x 6 ½” piece of patterned paper, too.


Die cut an oval using an oval die and die cutting machine.  Cut the oval in half.


Also, die cut 2 trees from the Designer Tree Die Set by Little B or from another set of tree dies. These trees were cut from kraft cardstock.


Place the two oval halves over a piece of white cardstock that measures 4” x 6”.  It helps to adhere the ovals together using a tape runner to keep them from slipping apart while doing the next step.


Apply a light brown ink to the bottom of the piece and slightly above the oval using a blending tool.  Move in small circles off of the craft mat and onto the paper.


Now add a darker brown to the bottom using the blending tool again.


Clean off your craft mat making sure there is no ink left on the surface that will contaminate the next set of inks.


Keep the ovals positioned on the background piece.


Add some orange ink above the ovals.


Next, add pink ink into the orange by working in from the top and sides of the paper.


Add purple along the edges and slightly inward making sure to leave some of the orange and pink showing.


Darken just along the edges using a black ink pad and the blending tool.

If there are any white spaces along the horizon line carefully use the light brown ink and the blending tool to move up from the bottom and along that area to cover it.  Repeat the dark brown ink at the bottom of the cardstock if necessary adding more color as you’d like.


Layer the patterned paper and mat onto the card base and then add the background using a tape runner to adhere them.

Add the trees making sure to stagger them so that they are offset for a more natural wooded look.  Use a glue pen to attach them.

Finish it off by stamping a sentiment onto the card.

Enjoy a beautiful sunset with someone you are thinking of with this easy to do technique.  Use it to send someone some warms thoughts and smiles by making it into a “Thinking of You” card or give it to someone you’ve shared a beautiful sunset with by including a handwritten note.  However you use this card, it’s sure to bring beautiful memories, as well.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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