Outback Boabs

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November 2, 2015

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boab tree close-upboab tree sparkle 4Outback road trip – camping out bush and looking up at the sky at night, the stars twinkling through the branches of the trees above,  the colours of the day drenched into your mind’s eye – the blue skies, red dust, green scrubby bushes. Your best friend by your side and the open road a’ calling. What new adventures await?

STAMPS: 958G Boab Trees, 3305E Australian Land, siset047  INKS: Dylusion Sprays- Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini, Squeezed Orange, London Blue; Jet Black, Cobalt & Coffee Archival Pads  ACCESSORIES: Copper & Rainbow stripes Fab Foils, Hot Glue Pen; Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Distress Stickles; Black Twine, Texture Paste  PAPER: White matt Card, Raven & Buttercup Bazzill Cards

METHOD: Colour your white card with Dylusion inks, by first spritzing with water, then ink sprays, till the card is completely covered. Dry. Stamp Boab Trees with black archival ink onto coloured card, and again onto scrap of white card. Cut out tree trunks only from scrap paper and colour with inks with aid of waterbrush. Put a smear of texture paste onto trunks of trees on main card and lay cut out trunks over paste. Mold into shape. You may need a little glue around edges of cut trunks to help them stick down. Set aside to dry.

Using Hot Foil Pen and rainbow Fab Foil sheet, dot stars randomly through tree branches (I used yellow, green & blue stripes for stars). Apply a little copper Fab Foil to trunks of trees to highlight texture of bark. With the aid of a T-grid, stamp wording around left-hand side of card. I used cobalt blue ink towards sky and coffee brown ink towards the ground level. Stamp “No road” wording onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink and colour to match background. Sponge edges with black also.

Mount almost finished card onto black card. Wrap black twine twice around right-hand side of card and secure at back. Magic mount to buttercup backing card. Magic mount “No road” wording and position over twine. Lastly, apply some Distress stickles to base of trees.

 

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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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