Let It Ride

There’s something majestic about horses. While they are elegant and rhythmic as they glide across the landscape, they are still very strong. While they are wild and free, they can still be tamed and loyal. It’s no wonder that children across the world grew up loving these gentle creatures – and that adults continue to love them. I wanted to make a rustic card that showcases a respectful admiration of horses (a mature look at a child’s admiration). Here’s a card I made with Stampin’ Up!’s Let It Ride stamp set:

Let It Ride, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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  • Horses. Galloping, resting, gazing. There are three stamp images with horses in Let It Ride, and each one captures a different energy. The variety of sentiments in the set are also pretty wonderful. These stamps can be used to make cards for boys, girls, men or women. Here’s a look at the Let It Ride stamp set:Let It Ride, Stampin' Up!, 148765The background panels on my card are patterns found in Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in this pack of papers:Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, 146338For more inspiration with this paper (including projects I’ve made and color combinations you can create, please click here.
  • Little Details. I am really happy with how some elements on this card came together. The horse is framed like a photo on a wall – a perfect tribute to a favorite horse. I stamped the horse on Thick Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored the image with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. I washed over the entire image with a Color Lifter for a lighter effect and cropped it with a square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies:Let It Ride, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI added a little scallop trim behind the photo for a sweet touch to the card. I cropped a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and then lined it up on my Stampin’ Trimmer to build the scalloped trim. The pieces overlap behind the frame. Here’s a graphic you can save or share:How to Crop Scalloped Trim with Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Warm Colors. While these warm colors are usually brought out in Fall, they seemed perfect for my horse. If you like this combination of Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze

Stamp Sets: Let It Ride  Papers: Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Color Lifter)  Accessories: Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like my sweet horse card – and that you’ll give this set another look-see if you don’t already have it.

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  1. And you’re also the king of coloring…wow!

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Great card, Brian. Your coloring is GREAT. And your detailed description of your card and the process are always so helpful. Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Fantastic looking card Brian. Just crazy about the way you created the little scallop trim behind the photo…….Dare I say BRILLIANT.

  4. You hit the nail on the head for a rustic, cool and clean design. The wee bit of scallop edging is the perfect touch.

  5. There are so many things about this card I love: the colors, the layers, the textures, but my fav is the font on the sentiment. Go figure!

  6. Really like all your details…background DSP is perfect! Awesome card for anyone!

  7. Great card, Brian. Love the sentiment, your coloring and the design. Have a wonderful day!

  8. I love this stamp set . My daughter took horseback riding lessons forever and this brings back memories .
    I like your card and how you put it together .

  9. Such a sweet card; beautiful coloring!

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I stamped several images and wanted to test the colors to decide which I liked best. This was my “test sample” – I stopped there. 🙂

  10. I love it , and great idea , I just got to try it ,
    Thanks for sharing my lovely friend ♥️♥️♥️
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️

  11. It’s like he’s waiting for you there in the stable… love it! Thanks for the scallop tip… can’t wait to try this!

  12. Beautiful portrait of a beautiful animal…..although they scare me up close!

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