Introducing the Wilderness Retreat Collection from Heartfelt Creations....

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I'm so glad we get a chance to visit today!
It's another new release on a Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and I will be the first to admit that I love the new Wilderness Retreat Collection!
It is absolutely breathtaking!'s a little more about the collection...

Leave the busyness of life behind, with an awe-inspiring wilderness retreat! Breathe deeply, enjoy a starry sky, and immerse yourself fully in the tranquility of nature! Enjoy the isolation of a quaint little cabin in the woods, surrounded by statuesque trees, towering mountain views, and a quietly winding river! Enjoy a day trip that begins at the water’s edge! Push off the canoe and paddle your way to becoming one with the great outdoors…perhaps the ducks will share their favorite spot among the reeds, as the trout jump from the water, beckoning you to paddle further upstream! As the dusk begins to settle, listen for the howling coyotes in the distance and enjoy the deer grazing silently in the meadows. By now it’s time to head back to the cabin, lay your head on the pillow and dream about the new adventures tomorrow will bring! Join us as we take time to pause, slow down, and enjoy God’s beautiful creations with the new Wilderness Retreat Collection from Heartfelt Creations! Take a hike through this tranquil paper collection filled with illustrations of glorious wilderness scenes featuring old mills, babbling brooks, mountainside cabins, and a variety of wildlife! Rustic browns, river blues, sunrise yellows, and sunset reds create incredible backdrops for pleasing plaids, stunning stripes, and charming checkered patterns, perfect for all of your masculine themed creations! A wonderful assortment of wilderness themed cling stamp sets, along with coordinating dies, are sure bring all of your outdoor themed paper crafting creations to life, and allow you to create an abundance of different wilderness settings for all of your handmade greeting cards, scrapbook layouts, and memory keeping albums! Create breathtaking views with beautifully detailed illustrations of wilderness cabins, old work mills, fish filled rivers, howling coyotes, and soaring eagles. Create your own escape from reality, with the beauty and tranquility of the Wilderness Retreat Collection!

For my first project I just knew I had to create a card with the Trout Lake scene!
We love to fish and enjoy the beauty of the lake and surroundings, so I set to water coloring the lake and mountain images with my Zig Markers! Since I was water coloring, I did stamp all of the images onto a white mixed media paper so my colors would blend smoothly.

I wanted to create a smaller A2 sized card which measures 4.25" x 5.5"...I wanted to be able to mail the card but still add a little dimension to it! The Wilderness Retreat Collection is the ideal assembling of cling stamps and dies to achieve this with, as the Create a 'scape system allows you to add dimension to each scene in various ways!'s a peek at my project...

I really wanted to the scene to pop on this card, so I opted to forgo the paper collection for the most part and set to designing my own scene with just a plain white backdrop.

Using the Eyelet Rectangle and Basics Die, I created a A2 sized card base from white card stock...and then die cut the smaller mat which nests into it also from white card stock. I then die cut the center of the mat where I was going to build the scene using the mid sized rectangle die also from the same collection.

I used the same rectangle die I had previously used for the mat to die cut a piece from within the Wilderness Retreat Collection to use as the background for the sky. I loved that it had a bit of yellowish hue among the blue tones so that it almost looked like this would be a sunset scene.

I trimmed out the trout lake scene, and then die cut the top of it only...which gives you that beautiful treeline! I die cut the mountains using the coordinating die as well. Then it became time to start my scene building.

I positioned my lake illustration on the back of the window of the die cut mat, trimmed off any bits along the sides that were not needed and then adhered the scene to the back of the mat using some Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. I then positioned my mountains behind the scene as I wanted them to appear, and glued just the sides, pulling them in a little bit towards the center of the card so that they would stand up slightly without having to use any dimensional tape or foam dots. I then adhered background from the paper collection to the back of the mat enclosing the scene in fully. At that time, I then was able to add dimensional foam tape to the back of the scene filled mat and popped it up off the base of the card.

I wanted this card to almost appear like a picture or snap shot, so I thought it would be fun to frame it with one of the eyelet rectangles from the set I'd already been playing with. I decided to adhere it onto the card base slightly off balance just to give the card a bit of interest. 

....and now came the fun of making the card even more dimensional...

I stamped the cattail and the tree stump illustrations onto mixed media paper and set about to water coloring them as well. I also stamped a second trout lake illustration and colored that one up fully too as I knew I would want to make the jumping fish dimensional, as well as some of the rocks in the lake! (Hint - Don't throw out the rest of your colored images after you've die cut the rocks and the fish...they will work to trim apart to add to other cards you are creating outdoor scenes on!)

I die cut all of the images with the coordinating dies and then proceeded to add them to the project. You'll see that for the rocks I've actually added them slightly offside of the original image when popped up just so that the rock piles appear larger and that there are more of them. The cattails I have adhered to the card base using Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and then added the tree stump on top of them using foam tape.

For the finishing touch, I chose a preprinted sentiment from the Wilderness Retreat Paper Collection, inked the edges using Ranger Archival - Paradise Teal, and then adhered it to the lovely little scene using dimensional foam tape.

Then came time to add just a hint of glitter! Using my Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, I added some Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter to the cattails, the fish, the mountain tops and the the ripples in the lake. It was just the right amount of sparkle.

I love that this card has so many interesting dimensional features but will still be easily mailed without having to worry about any damage!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's share!
Be sure to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the sights and scenes the rest of the design team have created with the Wilderness Retreat Collection!
You're sure to be awed and inspired!

Until next time...
Project Supplies
HCDP1-2108 Wilderness Retreat Paper Collection
HCPC-3895 Create a 'scape Trout Lake Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3893 Create a 'scape Backcountry Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3896 Create a 'scape Nature Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7267 Create a 'scape Backcountry Die
HCD1-7269 Create a 'scape Trout Lake Die
HCD1-7270 Create a 'scape Nature Die
HCD2-7189 Eyelet Rectangle and Basics Die
RACP500 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Paradise Teal
RACP468 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
478455 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
409311 Color In Watercolor Brush
159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
85-glitter Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

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