The Adventure Begins

When I first saw The Adventure Begins stamp set, I immediately thought about summer camping weekends, trips “up north” to the cabin, and holiday barbecues. Whether I’m a guest or the hostess, I love to give my friends and family small thank-you gifts or themed party favors to show my appreciation. So, today I’m sharing a card and several gift tags inspired by these summer adventures and activities.

The Adventure Begins by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create my card, I started by randomly stamping pine trees from The Adventure Begins stamp set across a panel of white layering paper with Intense Black ink. I quickly painted over each stamped tree with some blue watercolor and then wrapped the panel with twine before trimming it with navy cardstock and adhering it to a grenadine card base.

The Adventure Begins by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

Then, I die-cut and watercolored a small circle of white cardstock, and when the paint dried, I stamped the tent image onto the circle. I stamped the tent a second time and then colored the image with a red colored pencil before fussy-cutting and gluing the tent to the watercolored circle. I used foam tape to secure the circle to my card front along with two, white embossed sentiments from The Adventure Begins set. I finished the card with a few red gems for a bit of sparkle.

The Adventure Begins by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

For small, adventure-themed gifts, I like to sew simple gift sacks from bandana quarters and then secure the bags with twine ties and gift tags. To make the gift tags, I used the same steps that I did to create my card. However, instead of securing the tree-stamped panels to card bases, I cut the panels into tag shapes and then punched a small hole, centered along each top edge, that I eventually threaded with a length of twine. For variety on these two tags, I stamped a pair of cabins, that I colored red and blue, and two different sentiments from The Adventure Begins set.

The Adventure Begins by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I tried one additional tag combination with red watercolored pine trees and a blue tent. I love the variety and contrast that the red watercolor provides when paired with the navy bandana.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, filled with lots of crafty and outdoor adventures,


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