Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spring Trees

I wanted to make a "Spring-like" card  today.  I used the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set from SU! (my favorite!!) and sponged in some leaves.  I love the combination of Always Artichoke and Bravo Burgundy ... they look fabulous together!!

Here's a picture and the details of the card  - finished size is the standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Sorry, my camera has problems when only a small part of the image is sponged and seems to make it more blurry than in real life :(

"Spring Trees"
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Vintage Labels (SU!)
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Kiwi Kiss, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze (SU!); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Speedball rubber brayer, small eye-makeup sponges, small oval punch, medium oval punch, burgundy suede strips, paper piercing tool, white embossing powder, heat tool, sticky strips and dimensionals

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On the Whisper White cardstock, I brayered Old Olive at the bottom and Baja Breeze at the top.  I inked my Lovely as a Tree stamp with Sahara Sand and stamped it so the top of the "hills" on the stamp were in line with the top of the green brayered grass.  Using small sponges, I added "leaves" to all the trees.  I also sponged along the "hills" to give the illusion of shade under the trees.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then white embossed onto Bravo Burgundy cardstock.  I punched the sentiment out with the small oval punch and then made a frame of Always Artichoke cardstock with the medium oval punch.  I pierced a hole at both ends of the larger oval and threaded through the burgundy suede strips (purchased as my local Dollar Store - you gotta' love those 1$ stores!!).  I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and then secured the suede strips to the back of the framed main image.  I added the whole panel to the card base, popping it up with dimensionals. 

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