This is the sample card I made for the Hope You Can Cling To challenge I'm hosting at Splitcoaststampers called Hope is the Thing - to be inspired by the poet Emily Dickinson:
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.
I used a Papertrey Ink cloud to make the sponged sky and to make the sun cut a circle Nestie from a post-it-note - you need to use both the positive and negative die-cut for a scene like this, sponging the pink inside the circle of the negative die-cut.
When stitching layers of dp, I generally stitch them onto a separate panel than the card base, attaching it afterwards, sometimes popping it up as I did here. It just means there's no unsightly "backside" of stitching showing when you open the card.
If you haven't checked out the Hope You Can Cling To challenges, we'd love to have you join us for this very worthwhile cause - it's a fun way to do your bit to help make a difference for those affected by breast cancer.
Papertrey Ink Cloud die
Memory Box Nestled Bird die
Memory Box Woodland Branch die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles die
SU Blusing Bride ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Brilliance Starlite Black ink
Verve Hope Perches