Winter Tree

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September 8, 2015

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winter tree

One of my favourite techniques at the moment – simple but effective. Apply multiple ink colours to a small acrylic block directly from your ink pads. I have used Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Pads. Some people spritz their block with water at this stage, but I prefer to spritz my watercolour paper with water instead. Flip your block colour side down onto wet paper, hold, then lift off. The inks will start spreading out. The results will always be slightly different each time you do this technique, depending on how much ink and water you add. I quite like the drippy effect it creates sometimes as it can look like the roots of the trees going down into the ground. You can manipulate the effect slightly with a waterbrush if you feel the need. When you are happy with the way it looks, dry with a heatgun. Stamp your tree with black Archival pad and add wording of choice.

Stamps used from Stamp-it Australia – 4618E Autumn Tree, siset032 Solitude

 

Conifer ChristmasOne of the new stamp designs from Stamp-it’s “Oh Deer” Christmas catalogue just released – 4988E Conifer large, siset088 Merry Christmas. I used Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Pads for this one.

 

 

 

 

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Cherry Tree

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cherry tree

Creating the illusion of depth in your card without adding dimension –

 

Begin with two pieces of white card/paper the same size, one being your good cardstock for your card front, the other being scrap paper. Stamp the cherry tree with Coffee Archival Pad onto both pieces of white in exactly the same position. (Note: take into account how much room you will need for your wording and where you intend to place it. Also think about wether you want a sunrise/sunset added.)

Tear the white scrap paper at the base of the cherry tree to form a stencil of a hill shape. Sponge or brayer through this using your darkest ink. Gradually work into the distance with a second and perhaps third hill, lightening the ink colour as you go.

cherry tree 1    cherry tree 2

To colour the sky, I simply rubbed blue chalk directly across the card, smoothing it with my fingers to finish. You can add a sunrise/sunset if you wish by applying some red and yellow chalk with your fingertip or chalk applicator. Don’t worry if it overlaps onto the hill, as it will look like a refection of the light from the sun. To finish I dabbed tacky glue onto the flower petals and pushed some pink flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Wording is optional, depending on how your hills sit, you may not have room.

cherry tree 3

 

 

 

 

Material list: Stamp-it 4261F Cherry Tree, 4796C For You; White Matt Card, Boardwalk Swiss Dot and Blossom Bazzill Cards; Coffee & Sepia Archival Pads, Espresso, Pebble & Lakemist Adirondack Pads; Chalks; Pink Ribbon; Baby Pink Flowersoft; Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Magic Mount and Super Tape

 

Ursula's Deer Another card using this same technique by Ursula. She also used a sponging block rather than a brayer and only one colour ink pad – black.

 

 

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Oak Tree

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August 30, 2015

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foliage tree oak tree

Here are 3 cards using the same 2 stamps in virtually the same layouts, just with different colours. In the first 2, I’ve coloured a piece of white matt cardstock with Distress Stains for the backgrounds, in the last one I have stamped onto kraft card and only coloured the leaves. The trees have also been inked with Distress Stains and stamped out. I used chalks directly over the wet ink to colour the tree canopies.

Stamps by Stamp-it Australia: 4457E Tree, siset080 Leaf wording

the leaf tree

 

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