Fall One Layer Wishes

Have you ever tried creative depth with Lovely as a Tree, or any nature stamps? I was in a simplicity mood this morning.  I love color and the mountains.  When I think of the mountains, I’m reminded of when I lived in Utah and California.  The scenery was so beautiful, and it really put me at peace.  So this morning, I wanted to create a Fall Foliage scenery on a one layer card.

I grabbed my Lovely as a Tree stamp set and went to work.  It took me three cards to get the right result, but I’m happy with it!  Here is the result!

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Lovely as a Tree OLC tutorial – 

    • First I cut out a mask leaving a 3/4” border on the top, left and right.
    • I inked up my six tree stamp in Crushed Curry, stamped it off and then stamped it three times filling the top 2/3 of the frame.  When inking my stamp, I did not ink up the bottom grass and trunks.  You can do this with a marker or your ink pad.Lovely as a Tree004 CU
    • I lightly sponged Soft Sky to create my rectangular frame, being sure to focus a bit heavier on the outline than the middle.  I filled in the bottom 1/3 before stamping my main image.
    • To color my main image, I used Stampin’ Write Markers.  I first colored my trees, then my trunks in Early Espresso.
    • For my Greeting, I used the Four You stamp set – I LOVE this set.

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It’s a simple card, but I love the color.  It makes me feel like I’m looking out at a scene in the Uinta mountains in Utah.  I hope you like it too!

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Sponged Pleasant Poppies

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Here’s a quick and simple artsy way of coloring the Pleasant Poppies Background stamp in a collage manner.  I’ve combined some great stamps to give this look a multi-layered effect – Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, Wetlands and Pleasant Poppies. 

Creative Tips –

  • I stamped off the Dictionary stamp in Sahara Sand for a really light background effect.  The poppies were stamped in Cajun Craze.  Pleasant Poppies 004 Side a
  • To add a little collage effect, I added the Reed stamp from the Wetlands set – stamped off 4-5 times so that it was really light using Crumb Cake.
  • The poppies needed to stand out, but I didn’t want to watercolor them.  I used tiny sponges and my reversible tweezers to precisely sponge my flowers and stems.  I used Real Red and Pear Pizazz.
  • I lightly sponged Sahara Sand around my 4 1/4” x 2” piece of Whisper White being careful to keep the center white.  I added Crumb Cake and then a tiny sliver of direct to paper – Early Espresso to the edge before mounting it to a 2 1/4” x 4 1/4” Early Espresso.Pleasant Poppies 004 CU a
  • For a finishing touch, I wound some linen thread around the bottom and tied a knot.
  • Before adhering the panel to my Crumb Cake card base, I stamped the spot splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake in several stamped off shades so that there was just a little splatter on the edges. 
  • The greeting is in Early Espresso from the cute Sassy Salutations set that is still 25% off till June 30th – just a few more days!Pleasant Poppies 004 Main L a

I hope you like this earthy card.  I love the final result.  It’s just a little panel, cost effective, but quite artsy. 

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Stamp Sets – Pleasant Poppies (129499c, 132061w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517c, 130514w), Dictionary (130351c, 130348w), Wetlands (126697c, 126695w), Sassy Salutations (126707c, 132070w)  Ink – Pear Pizazz (131180), Sahara Sand (126976), Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974), Real Red (126949), Cajun Craze (126965)  Paper –Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686) Cool Tools – Stampin’ Sponges (101610) Finishing Touch – Linen Thread (104199)

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Swallowtail Sparkle

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I can not stop using the Swallowtail Stamp this spring.  I’ve used it every which way I know how and now I thought I’d make it sparkle and shimmer.  This card comes together in a matter of minutes and looks like a work of art.  You have to try it yourself!

Creative Tips:

  • I always use an embossing buddy to keep all those little stray Embossing Powder pieces from sticking, but forgot on this one.  I’m sure you can see where little bits stuck!  Usually it’s not such a big deal, but on a black background it really shows.  See, even I mess up too!
  • The camera captured the luminosity and amazing colors of this cool Embossing Powder pretty well.  It still looks better in person – you’ll have to trust me on that.Swallowtail 004 CU
  • This card is great for special occasions or just that friend you have that always has to bling it up!
  • I didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the EP with the stamp, so I didn’t add a greeting.  I don’t think it really needed one.
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Stamp Sets – Swallowtail (129213w, 129216c) Ink – Versamark (102283)  Paper – Whisper White (100730), Tangerine Tango (111349), Basic Black (121045)  Cool Tools – Heat Tool (129053), Embossing Buddy (103083), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930) 

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