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Stampin’ Up! see the forest with Winter Wood and Lovely as a Tree

Good morning Everyone. I hope you are off to a great weekend. Mine will be quiet for a change, and I rather enjoy that. It is a gloomy, rainy day, and perfect for curling up with a good book. What are you reading these days?

I received a box of Stampin’ Up! goodies last week, which I have not had time to even open until today. It was almost like Christmas. Of course, I had to use some of the new items, beginning with one of the stamps in Bokeh Dots, the one with stars.

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This became the background for my forest. I stamped the stars on a Whisper White panel larger than I needed in stamped off once Night of Navy. Where the stamps overlapped, I put a tree to sort of camouflage the overlap. This tree is from Lovely As A Tree and is stamped in Old Olive, then stamped again without re-inking. I did this a couple more times, varying the height of the trees. I did one tree in Shaded Spruce, but I really don’t like that color with the Old Olive. However, it is staying. The more I look at it, the better I like it. There are MANY shades of green in a forest after all.

This card proceeded to design itself. All I did was cut and glue!

With Crumb Cake I stamped the bare trees in the Winter Woods set across the background, just for some dimension. The large conifer in Winter woods also was stamped a few times.

For the ground, I used the curved In The Woods Framelits die to cut some Whisper White pieces for snow banks. These were layered over the trees and adhered with Liquid Glue. I used a flat paintbrush to brush some Frost White Shimmer Paint over the ‘snow’ to make it glisten. I also randomly dabbed some of the Shimmer Paint on a couple of trees.

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One of the Winter Woods conifers was stamped in Mossy Meadow on Mossy Meadow and cut with the coordinating die. This was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It looked a bit stark, so I added some ‘snow’ with the Frost White Shimmer Paint. Two of the small deer in Dashing Deer were stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock and cut with coordinating dies. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used on them also. Had to use the minis on these little guys.

The sentiment is from Winter Woods, stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and cut with one of the ovals in Layering Ovals Framelits. The little sprig of spruce in the Lovely as a Tree stamp set made a perfect accent on the sentiment. Employing the marker to stamp method, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers  were used to color the stamp.  I know there is a smear, and I will re-do the sentiment, but there was no time to do that before this post. That is what a drop of water will do to your creations!1

I cannot explain why the snow looks pink. It did not look that way on my computer before uploading the images.

This was mounted on a Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval, also cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front. The front was adhered to a Blackberry Bliss mat with Liquid Glue and onto the Shaded Spruce card base.

For the inside, a mat of Blackberry Bliss (from which I had cut the oval on the front) sets off the Whisper White sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Dashing Deer and stamped in Mossy Meadow. The same technique as for the accent on the front panel was used for the spruce springs in the corners. Liquid Glue was used to adhere both panels to the card base.

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The envelope flap was a repeat of the card front and a single conifer from Winter Woods stamped in Mossy Meadow finishes the front of the envelope.

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I wish I had in my hands the new Snowflake Showcase stamps and dies as I would have used some of the snowflakes on this card. What is Snowflake Showcase you ask? Well, it is a lovely suite of products that you will want to get as they are not just for winter/Christmas. There are coordinating stamps for year round/all occasion use as well. This will be available for you to order on November 1-30 as long as supplies last. I will be sharing cards made with this suite next week.

To whet your appetite a bit, here are some images of this suite.

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In the meantime, here is a short video showing what these products are and some ways to use them. Just click  Snowflake Showcase  to see it.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, which was Monday, Stampin’ Up! is discounting several items. These prices are good through tomorrow, so take advantage of them by clicking on the order online image at right.

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CARD CUTS: Shaded Spruce: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Blackberry Bliss: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: front 4-1/2″ x 6″ for stamping, then trimmed to 4″ x 5-1/4″, snow 3″ x 5-1/2″, sentiment 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Mossy Meadow: die cut tree 3″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: deer 2-1/2″ x 4″

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Fall Sympathy card

Well, folks, here it is Sunday and I actually had time to finish helping yesterday with the pancake feed and get home to work on this post. We served over 1,800 pancake and sausage  breakfasts. Though the tent was still up, things were pretty much torn down when I left. With what remained to be done, I figured I would be more in the way than I would be help. I think all us Kiwanians were tired to the bone, but the day was a success.

This is the second iteration of this card. The first one had REAL twigs framing the oak tree. I really liked it and thought I was being pretty smart in thinking of that. Then, I thought, “that isn’t so smart. How will that fit in an envelope, never mind get through the mail without being ruined. ” So, I opted for the twigs from the Seasonal Layers thinlits, cut from Early Espresso card stock. However, the first one will be saved to use on a gift package for someone, or whatever use I can find for it.

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I started with a piece of Sahara Sand and ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder. From this I cut a rectangle, using the Layering Squares framelits. To cut a rectangle with a square die, all you need to do is cut one square at one end of your panel, slide it toward the other end, keeping the die lined up, and cut the other end of your rectangle.

Then, cutting a piece of Sahara Sand slightly smaller than the embossed piece, I stamped this with the oak tree from Lovely As A Tree in Early Espresso. These two panels were liquid glued together.

The card base is Early Espresso, and the next two layers are Sahara Sand and a panel from the Painted Autumn Designer Paper Series. The mat and DSP panel are liquid glued together.

Four branches from the Seasonal Layers thinlits in Early Espresso form the frame around the rectangle. Seasonal Layers and Colorful Seasons form a bundle that saves you 10% over purchasing them separately.

Since I was not using real twigs, I decided to cut four more out of fun foam to lift them off the page and give some dimension. After gluing them together with their card stock counterpart, I dry arranged them on the card front. I didn’t want four look-alike branches, so each was trimmed in a different way and liquid glued to the art panel. This, in turn, was added to the DSP panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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At this point in the construction, I decided a little fall color would be good, so I stamped the oak leaf cluster from Lovely As A Tree, and the one with the acorns from Count My Blessings, both in Early Espresso. I already had my heat gun and tub of Clear Emboss Powder ready. As soon as I stamped, I dipped it in the emboss powder, shook it off and heat embossed those leaves. I only did one cluster at a time, as the Early Espresso dries much more quickly than the Versamark.

Since the embossing acts as a resist, it was a simple matter to use a small piece of sponge and sponge the leaves with Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, first masking off the acorns. I then masked off the leaves with a piece of Post-it-Note and sponged the acorns in Soft Suede.

Both leaf clusters were fussy cut, then adhered to the corners of the branch frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This art panel was then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the DSP panel.

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Sometimes I don’t know when to quit. I wrapped a piece of fine, lightweight jute twine I had in my craft room (you could use Linen Thread) around the panel 3 times, securing it on the back with tape. Glue Dots hold the 3 strands together as though they are tied, and a bow is Glue Dotted over this. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around 3 fingers 5 times (or as many times as you want) and tied in the middle.

Now all that remains is the sentiment. I wanted it to look like an old board. The sentiment, in Early Espresso, was stamped from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set on a scrap of the embossed Sahara Sand (made when I cut the rectangle). This was fussy cut to, perhaps, look like an old board. The mat for this was another scrap, this time from the Wood Textures DSP, with notches cut unevenly in both ends with my Paper Snips. Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals attach the sign to the mat, and Stampin’ Dimensionals were used for the mat to the front panel. After it was too late to do so, I wondered if this card would have been improved had I very lightly distressed the embossed wood, perhaps by sponging some ink over it. However, I didn’t, so maybe that technique will get a chance on another card.

More Stampin’ Dimensionals (Wow! Wish I had stock in the company that makes these!) adhered the finished panel to the card base and the card front is done.

The inside boasts a mat of Sahara Sand with a panel of the same Autumn Harvest DSP liquid glued to it.

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I cut a much smaller mat of Sahara Sand, and stamped the branches from Colorful Seasons around it as a frame in Early Espresso. The Oak Cluster from Count My Blessings was stamped in the corner in Soft Suede, and colored in using the stamp pad lid and Blender Pen. In the closed position, squeeze the stamp pad to get some of the ink on the lid, then use that as your palette with your Blender Pen to paint the leaves and acorns. I again used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie for the leaves, and Soft Suede for the acorns.

The sentiment, in Early Espresso, is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. This panel was liquid glued on the DSP and into the card base.

To coordinate the envelope with the card, I stamped several of the oak/acorn cluster along the bottom of the front, and adhered a final piece of the DSP to the flap.

I hope you enjoy this card. I think it is lovely and sure to lift anyone’s spirits. To me, the oak is symbolic of longevity. We all know that longevity on this earth is not forever, but the spirit lives on, making the oak appropriate for a sympathy card.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, branches 2 pieces 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Sahara Sand: inside mat and outside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, oak tree panel 3-1/2″ c 5-1/4″, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 5″, sentiment ‘sign’ scrap from inside rectangle of embossed piece, for oak leaves 4″ x 4″; Autumn Harvest Designer Series Paper: front panel and inside mat (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: mat for sentiment 1″ x 2-1/2″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used in this project: Fun Foam, thin jute twine, Kraft 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″ envelope

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