Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Trio of Trees

Hi everyone.  I'm on a roll with Christmas cards ... they are my favorite type of card to make and I want to get a lot done for this year.

Today's card is also for SCS Queen for the Day (QFTD174 - previous Queen with initials E - I) from a couple of weeks ago.  Still catching up on some challenges and I wanted to make sure that I made a card to honor "hobbydujour" (Sallie).  I love Sallie's style ... her cards are always so beautiful and elegant ... I especially love her brayered cards.  Today I CASED (copy and share everything) this lovely card that Sallie made last year.  I didn't brayer the background like she did, but sponged instead.  I used the same colors, and the same technique for the "falling snow".  I didn't have a large tree stamp, so I improvised by stamping script onto white cardstock and then die-cutting three different sizes of trees.  I used the same layout as my Glittered Snowflakes card from a few days ago.

Here's a close-up:

I popped up the frame card front, and the trees for added dimension.  I attached the medium sized tree to the frame for interest.  I also added a flat, medium tree and star to the inside of the card.

Stamps:  En Francais (SU!); Joy (Kollette Hall - very old stamp)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Whisper White re-inker (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Holilday Cheer (Trees) die from Sizzix, Holiday Shapes (stars) die from Simon Says, sponges, toothbrush, Stamp-a-ma-jig, glue, adhesives, and dimensionals

I randomly sponged the Whisper White card stock with Pear Pizzazz and Tempting Turquoise inks ... Whisper White is the best card stock to use for sponging the SU! inks.  I poured a little water into my hand and then flicked it onto the sponged card stock ... then blotted up the excess water with paper towel.  I wet the toothbrush with water, added a few drops of Whisper White re-inker, smooched the toothbrush into paper towel to distribute the ink, added a little more water to thin and then "splattered" the sponged card stock with the white ink (slowly pull thumb along bristles of toothbrush).  It's messy, but the final product is so great!

Edited to Add:  I am also entering this card into the Christmas Card Challenges #37 - Evergreen Trees.


Thanks to everyone that commented on my latest Card Candy Giveaway - #6 (Christmas Poinsettias).  I used the True Random Number Generator to pick the winner of the Card Candy:

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... and the winner is ...

Congrats Danielle ... please email your mailing address to me (click on the "Email Me" in the right-hand column near the top), and I'll send you the Card Candy. :)


Bonnie said...

I've got to try this technique! Thanks for the how to. I love it! I love the way you've tucked the biggest tree in the frame too! Congratulations on your win, Danielle. Lucky girl!

Susan said...

More and more I'm loving cards with homemade backgrounds (instead of using dp) so I soak up all the ideas I see. This is beautiful - I've never thought of doing both the water flicking and the paint splattering on the same card but the combination gives a wonderful effect. I'll be trying it for sure! Hmmm - I wonder why you want to get a lot of cards done this year!?

Darnell said...

Love it, Lolly! Isn't it fun that we used the same colors today for our cards and while the techniques were different, the backgrounds look quite similar?! Great minds. I love how you did the trees with the stamped text and then the way you stacked the trees for depth! Just stunning!! xxoo Dolly

Anonymous said...

So lovely Loll! I love that beautiful background and your pretty trio of trees!

Unknown said...

Another wonderful Xmas card to add to your collection, love it.

Unknown said...

Fabulous layout Loll. Your background is gorgeous with the splattered surface (I always get ink everywhere when I use a toothbrush so I pop my card in a box to contain the mess!). Love the way you've layered your trees - gives wonderful dimension.

Karen x

sandie said...

Great idea for th gallon snow and the inking is great, it really is effective x

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning card Loll and just love your background and your sentiment Christmas trees...


Alanna said...

This is a beautiful card, one that I totally want to CASE. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

La Papera Gialla said...

This card is perfect! I love it!
Thanks for entering Christmas Card Challenge this week!
Monica - CCC DT

Unknown said...

I just love the simplicity of your cards but they still have the POP and WOW factor.

Unknown said...

That background is totally breathtaking!

Best crafty wishes!
Staying Crafty

Danielle Vincent said...

I absolutely LOVE this card Loll. Your trees are fabulous! Very impressed with that background - must try it soon.

So excited that I won your card candy! Thanks so much!!!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous Loll. I love the colours and beatiful simplicity. Wonderful techniques, too. TFS and playing with us at Christmas Card Challenge #37. :)

MaryH said...

Oh do I love this background. Even better I loved the way you added script to your fabulous tree trio, then shaded the edges. Tucking one outside the frame was the final touch to the perfection of this lovely card. I liked Sallie's too, so you had some great inspiration. Thanks so much for explaining the how-to. Hugs

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