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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Encircled in Nature for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop - May 2024 | Masculine Month

Encircled in Nature masculine card (preview) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

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Hello friends!  Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are creating all things masculine.  There are several of us hopping this evening - you will find the list to follow along towards the bottom of my blog post - so sit back and enjoy your time with us as we share our handmade projects with you!

Today's Project

Masculine cards are something that I need to make more of... I usually just make them when I need them.  Are you that way?  Inspired by a photo taken by a friend while in Mexico recently reminded me of a similar view I had in a cavern several years ago.  The inspiration of looking up at the sky from such a vantage point inspired me to create this masculine card perfect for any occasion...

Stampin' Up! Encircled in Nature masculine card (front) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

Using a Small Blending Brush, Early Espresso ink was blended on a Pecan Pie cardstock layer.  The blended layer was diecut with the smallest "circle" from the Encircled in Nature Dies then embossed with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  An Encircled in Nature "circle" frame (reminds me of a branch) was die-cut from Pecan Pie cardstock and blended slightly with Early Espresso ink. 

Stampin' Up! Encircled in Nature masculine card (close-up view) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Using the opening as a guide, the sky was created by blending sections of Thick Basic White cardstock with Balmy Blue ink.  The center was lightly watercolor smooshed using my Clear Block A (retired), Gray Granite Stampin' Write Marker and Stampin' Spritzer filled with water.  

Loveliest Trees Dies and Thoughtful Wishes Dies were used to create the elements viewed in the opening.  My Light Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends Marker was used to color the leaves on the tree branch.

The Beside Me sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock then trimmed and torn before being wrapped and adhered to the back of the Thick Basic White cardstock panel.

Stampin' Up! Encircled in Nature masculine card (inside) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside of the card was layered to compliment the card front.  The Pecan Pie cardstock layer was blended with Early Espresso ink.  The Beside Me sentiment was completed with a Simply Said sentiment creating the perfect for any occasion sentiment.

Stampin' Up! Encircled in Nature masculine card (with envelope) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More Inspiration

I hope you have been inspired to create a masculine card to share with that special man in your life to make them smile.  Now it's time to continue along the blog hop - you're currently with me, Angie McKenzie - to get more inspiration from the others... so look at the list below and continue along.  You definitely don't want to miss any.

Blog Hop Index

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!
Stampin' Up! Encircled in Nature masculine card (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks A, D; Stampin' Glass Mat or Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Paper Snips; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive


  • Beside Me Cling Stamp Set; Simply Said Mix & Match Photopolymer Stamp Set


  • Early Espresso and Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pads; Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers; Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


  • Crumb Cake, Pecan Pie and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Encircled in Nature Dies; Thoughtful Wishes Dies; Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder; Stampin' Spritzer; Small Blending Brushes

Product List

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

Time to Use Your Paper Trimmer!

        PAPER CUTS

  • Basic White - 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" 
  • Thick Basic White - 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" (x2) 
  • Pecan Pie - 4" x 5-1/4" (x2); 3" x 3" (for diecutting frame) 
  • Crumb Cake - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 3/4" x 3"; 2" x 3-1/2" (for diecutting)

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