Nature Walk: Inspirational Gift Ideas

Still looking for a few gift ideas this season?  Here’s one that can inspire your stamping creativity plus inspire your recipient.  Recently, my friend Karyn brought me a poem that her god-son, Timothy Jochim, had written her years ago.  The original frame had seen better days and the paper was fading, but the prayer inside holds special meaning for her and she wanted to know if I could turn it into something that she can display.

Break out the stamps, embellishments and a new frame, and here we go!  I used the Nature Walk stamp set (see it online) and an assortment of Crochet Trim, Pearls and Seam Binding Ribbon.  The colors are Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, River Rock and Soft Suede.

To make a soft border around the edges of the text, I used my brayer and layered ink slowly–just a little bit at a time, until I was happy with the effect.  The soft texture matches with the organic feel of the pencil-drawn stamp set.

To add extra impact to the message, I printed the prayer a 2nd time, and cut out a few words.  I used Sponge Daubers to gently ink the edges of the words and raised them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  To balance the dimension, I cut out and added one of the Nature Walk birds with Dimensionals.

daily-prayer-nature-walk-2The prayer is beautiful — here is the text, if you are interested:

Daily Prayer…

by Timothy Jochim

My dear Lord God
To you I pray,
That you will help me
Through this day.
I will not worry
Of the past,
For the future
Is coming fast.
I’ll put my humble
Faith in you,
And know your love,
Will see me through.
The hard times I
Endure today,
Will only help me
On my way,
daily-prayer-nature-walk-3For as my pain lasts
All the longer,
It’s only there,
To make me stronger.
I promise I
Won’t leave your side,
And by your laws
I will abide.
I love you till
The very end,
For you are my
Eternal friend,
In Jesus name I pray… Amen.

I hope you have fun this weekend, working on projects and getting ready for the holidays!  If you’re looking for more ‘home decor’ type projects, you can browse a few on my blog.

Happy Stamping!

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