Farm-themed birthday wishes

Back to have some more fun with Serendipity Stamps Challenge #48. The Challenge is to use your newest / never-before used things to create a card, using at least one SS item.

This birthday card is actually for a wonderful lady who is turning 80! I will refer to her as D. She is a no-fuss, hard working woman who has tirelessly toiled the family farm with her husband (in eighties also) for decades now. She has five children who have all grown up to be gorgeous, community-service orientated adults. They, in turn, have gone on to have children who are as just as community-service orientated as their parents.  D is definitely one of the most inspirational women I know!

I actually chose this SS stamp with D in mind. Tractors may not be the first thing you think of when designing birthday cards. For women. But I know she will get a kick out of this image, and in these colours also! It would obviously work as a masculine card too.


I opted to emboss-resist the stamped image, using  clear heat-embossing and water-colour.   I used dye-inks, concentrating the orange around the tractor itself, and diffusing to yellow tones nearer the edges.

I eluded to a ‘windmill’ with my sentiment in the top left corner, but kept the sentiment understated. Some simple matting, and that is it!

I am linking this to:

Simon Say’s Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Colour Inspiration. I have gone with the first image on the mood board as my inspiration.


Thanks for visiting!

Materials used:

  • Cardstock: Reeves Watercolour 300gsm; Old Olive (Stampin’ Up!) Brights Orange (Quill); Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Ink: Versa-Mark & Transparent Embossing Powder; Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight; Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Stamps: Large Tractor Cling Set (Serendipity Stamps); Teeny Tiny Sentiments (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Die: Stitched Mat (L’il Inker Designs); MFT Pierced Circle Stax
  • Punches: Circle Punch; Window label punch (Stampin’ Up)
  • Other: Cork Sticker Label (Francheville); Twine (American Crafts)

8 thoughts on “Farm-themed birthday wishes

  1. Hazel your tractor card is perfect! So clever to imply the “windmill” up in the corner. Love your resist rendition. “D” sounds like a wonderful and strong woman! Happy Birthday to her!

  2. The only thing ‘simple’ about this card? it is SIMPLY fantastic!!! I’ve never seen a more gorgeous tractor, Haze!!! Hugs for D on her birthday!
    =] Michele

  3. This is gorgeous, Hazel! Such a perfect card for this fabulous sounding lady. Love the inking and the touch of cork. 😀

  4. Wow, I love the way you used this tractor stamp, just gorgeous! My mom just turned 80 yesterday! Thanks for joining us at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog!

  5. Love the embossing and shading/sponging.. makes this tractor a sweet “girly” image!! Your friend will love it!! So glad you joined us at SSCB!!

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