Let’s go Explore the National Parks!

National Park Centennial Card

by Neva Cole


It is the Centennial of our National Park System this year! We have been enjoying the foresight of those who planned the park system for 100 years. If you are lucky enough to have a fourth grader living in your home like I do, your pass to the National Park System is free. Summer time means camping and seeing the natural wonder of the landscape around us. I have many childhood memories of camping all over the Western US including the great state of Alaska. It is those memories that inspired the scene behind the map of the United States in this dimensional card. The card was photographed in bright sunlight to highlight the shiny trailer die cut so the sentiment and map is shadowed into the background for a fun colored layered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour



Step 1

Die cut a shaped card by folding cardstock in half and lining up the folded edge just inside one side of the cutting line and securing with repositionable tape before sending it through the die cut machine. Use the same die to cut repurposed clear packaging for the front window. Tape a second smaller die concentric to the first with repositionable tape (painters tape used here) and die cut one piece cardstock and two layers of fun foam. I used green foam as it is seen on the edge and really pops in the finished card. TIP: Taping the two dies together will allow the die cuts to be very similar in shape as it is difficult to line them up perfectly, so the same slight imperfection will be repeated in all your pieces. Also die cut a trailer from metallic silver paper.


Step 2

On the front of the card base, ink in the mountains stencil in Memento Paris Dusk using an Ink Blusher. Ink clouds in Versa Color Baby Blue above the mountains. Stencil in a layer of trees in the forest in Memento Pear Tart and then shift the stencil to ink in a second darker set of trees in Cottage Ivy.

Step 3

Place your cardstock frame piece over the card, line up the mountain stencil and stencil the mountain line on the frame piece. Blush on some of the Baby Blue above the mountain line, and some Cottage Ivy below.


Step 4

Stamp the map in StazOn Forest Green on the repurposed packaging piece. Stamp the sentiments in StazOn Timber Brown above and below the map image.


Step 5

Assemble the card by adhering the two layers of fun foam frames to the card base with permanent adhesive. Adhere the trailer to the cardbase, adding dimensional foam adhesive under the windows and door.   Sandwich the repurposed packaging card front under the top frame and adhere both into place.


  • Strathmore Bristol − weavy weight white cardstock
  • Fun Foam − green
  • Repurposed clear packaging
  • Spellbinders − Grand Labels Eleven, On the Road, Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine
  • Unity Stamp Company − Life is a Journey
  • Technique Tuesday − On Vacation
  • Stamping Station − The Great Outdoors and Skiing stencils
  • Repositionable tape
  • Permanent adhesive










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