Thanks so much for all the input about using old or new stamps. Reading your thoughts has clarified mine, and I am grateful! I'll share more tomorrow of my thoughts, along with a pair of cards using one of the earliest stamps I bought way back in the Jurassic period.
For tonight, here's another use for that wonderful winter tree stamp from Papertrey's old Masculine Motifs set.
Rather than the soft gray I used yesterday, I went for the high drama of black, white, and a tiny splash of red. It seemed a bit plain, so I pulled out a Sakura stardust pen and made the trees sparkle.
The sentiment on the wavy banner mimics the curve of the ground, and adds a touch of whimsy and movement to the card.
Winter birthday cards are so much fun to make!
Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
stamps: Papertrey Masculine Motifs, Through the Trees (bird); Clearly Besotted (sentiment)
ink: Archival black, red geranium
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: banner die (StampinUp), dimensionals