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Stampin’ Up Wood Textures Birthday

Good Sunday Morning All

Today is supposed to be another beautiful day, so after church I am going out with camera to see what goodies I can find. In the meantime, I want to share a card with you that I first found on Pinterest. I went to Su Mohr’s blog, https://aromasandart.com/lovely-as-a-tree/, and since it uses a couple of my favorites, I thought I would CASE for my nephew’s birthday.

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I am definitely going to play around with this idea some more, so who knows what may be in the future!

For starters, I made the card base from Early Espresso, then, with sheets from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, I proceeded to make the card front.

I cut the top piece to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, then centered the leaf from Leaflets Framelits and ran it through the Big Shot. On a sheet of the plainer wood grain sheets from Wood Textures, I stamped the image from Lovely as a Tree in Soft Suede. These two pieces were adhered together with Foam Adhesive Strips, then to the card base with Liquid Glue. I placed the Foam Strips very close to the edges of the back of the tree rings, and around the leaf. Since I didn’t like the look of the white edges of the foam, I used my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to color them.

This completes the card front. Easy Peasy.

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For the inside, I used the tree rings paper for a mat, then stamped my sentiment and the Lovely as a Tree image on a plainer  wood grain panel. The sentiment is from Perennial Birthday and stamped in full strength Soft Suede. The trees were stamped off once before stamping on the liner panel. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up the sentiments. All were adhered with Liquid Glue.

On the envelope, never to be naked, I again stamped the Lovely as a Tree image on the front in Soft Sued, and used more of the tree rings DSP on the flap.

This card is quick and simple, yet, I think it is lovely. Try one for yourself.

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Cuts: Early Espresso: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack: tree rings die cut 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, tree rings mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, plain (front) 4″ x 5-1/4″, plain (inside) 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Technique Thursday

Hey Everyone,

Today is Thursday, almost the end of another week. Wow, time does fly!

This post is not about a finished card. I haven’t finished it for a couple of reasons: One, I am not sure if I think it is done well enough to finish and Two, I am not sure what kind of card I want it to be if I do finish it. Christmas? Thinking of You? Sympathy? I need to look at it awhile and think about it.

Anyway, on to the technique which I first saw on a You Tube video by Melissa Kerman. I looked further and there are other tutorials about tarnishing foil, some using aluminum foil from your kitchen and some using the beautiful foil papers. I am mostly following Melissa’s formula, which you can see here.

Here is the card front I created using the same technique of dry embossing, heat embossing and adding a bit of grunge.

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I began with a piece of Silver Foil Sheets and dragged my Basic Black ink pad over it lightly, leaving some streaks. Then, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I stamped a couple of the evergreen trees, one tall and one only partially, in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I went back and stamped some of the little pinecone branches from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again in the gold.

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Here you can see the trees and the pine cone branches as well as the streaking. The heat warped the paper a bit, but I just put an acrylic block on it while I did the next step

Taking a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I stamped another of the pine trees and some of the little branches in Versamark and, again, heat embossed with gold. Most of this will be covered up, so I did not stamp the whole piece. I took this photo before I went around the edge with a sponge and Crumb Cake ink, but I did sponge it.

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Setting this aside, I went back to the foil piece and dry embossed it with the Pine Bough embossing folder. I really like this folder and it is on the clearance rack right now!

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Then, using what I thought was a light touch, I dabbed some Versamark over the highlighted pine branches and a couple of other spots. Since you cannot see this, I think it will take some practice to get a truly light touch. Personally, I think I got a little heavy handed. I then heat embossed with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Now it is starting to look a bit more aged. The final step here was to again drag, dab, daub, whatever, the Basic Black over the surface to give it the tarnished look. I also applied some around the edges.

I then assembled all the pieces to get this look.

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Each of the 2 art pieces and the foil strip were adhered to a Basic Black mat with liquid glue. The long panel was glued to the Soft Suede mat. The foil panel and mat were liquid glued together, then adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The foil strip and its mat were liquid glued to the base.

That completes the front, if I decide to keep it that way. It was not difficult, nor did it take a lot of time. That said, I think if I took a bit more time it would have been better. This is a technique I will definitely try again, so stay tuned. I want to try it using household aluminum foil.

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mats (1) 2″ x 5″ and (1) 3-1/4″ x 4″, (1) 3/8″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: 1-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; Soft Suede: mat 4′ x 5-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: 3″ x 3-3/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 1/8″ x 3-3/4″

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Little Cabin on the Lake

Super Sunday everyone. Today’s card is for a family member, sort of reminiscent of a family vacation at the lake.

Since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have a cabin, I used one from Simply Refined, along with the boat and dock. It was a fun card to make.

I began with a card base in Whisper White and sponged the top part lightly with Soft Sky, having masked off the lower portion with Post It Tape, and some clouds masked with the same tape torn to look like clouds. Sort of.front

I then reversed the tape, masking off the sky. A piece of torn tape made an area for the ‘grass’ next to the ‘water’, which I sponged in Pear Pzazz. After masking off the green I sponged the water in Marina Mist, Pool Party and Pacific Point. Using Night of Navy I stamped the ripples in the water using the High Tide stamp set. Next was the line of evergreen trees, stamped along the horizon in Always Artichoke.

The cabin is stamped in Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze card stock, the boat in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and sponged in Cajun Craze. The oar is cut from Wood Textures DSP, and the two pine trees are cut from Color Theory DSP and sponged in Always Artichoke to tone down the white. The Dock is stamped in Basic Gray on Basic Gray card stock and all pieces cut with dies that came with the stamp set.

I used stamped off once Always Artichoke to make the shadow/reflection of the trees in the water, and Night of Navy for the dock and boat shadows.

The frame around the ‘picture’ is made with Wood Textures DSP and adhered with liquid glue. I tied the boat to the dock with some Linen Thread. All the die cut pieces were adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, except for the tree at left behind the cabin, which was liquid glued and trimmed with the edge of the card.detail

To add some dimension to the clouds and for a place to stamp the sentiment, I tore a piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Smokey Slate and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

The inside received a mat of Wood Textures DSP liquid glued to the card base. The sentiment panel is Whisper White stamped in Always Artichoke. I stamped a row of the conifers along the bottom, mounted the panel on a Pacific Point mat and onto the card base. The card is finished. inside

The Medium Crumb Cake envelope received another row of the trees on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap. Woo-Hoo! I hope he likes this card, and that it brings back good memories.

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