If you're a person who adores books, despite everything now being on electronic readers or in audio formats, you'll understand why a full bookshelf can feel like a treasure trove. I've loved books and reading since I was a child, when bedtime meant one parent or the other reading a story. As I grew older, I loved the feel of the paper pages, the hard cover, and the creaky binding as one opened and closed the book. No electronic reader can replace those things.
This delightful fantasy image of a pixie perched on a shelf with book in hand intrigued me right away and I had to use it for a card which I'll be sending to my youngest granddaughter, who just moved several states away for college. I miss her already!
I thought a monochrome, sepia-brown would work and stamped the image in coffee brown ink. I added shading using colored pencil. I cut it with a Tonic Studios die, then sponged the sides and corners using the same ink pad. I found the striped dp in a DCWV "Basics" stack and chose it because it made the image pop off the background while maintaining the monochrome color combo. The hand sewn bow is the only embellishment.