This card was a request, by the group, to try a reflection technique. Immediatley the “Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set came to mind.
One of the things with community groups is that there are always new members and others moving on so whilst some had used this technique for half it was new and the others happy to have a refresher.
We used Dapper Denim ink and card stock for the predominant colour, and created the image on Very Vanilla CS. After using the window sheet to transfer the image below the trees we then over stamped the top trees in Crushed Curry, to create Autumn tones and shadows. . Whilst waiting for the ink to be perfectly dry the greeting on a torn piece of vellum was stamped with Stazon.
The accents I created for the ladies before hand by punching out tiny dots from Dapper Denim then filling them with our retired Glossy Accents – called liquid glass in other products.
Then the sponging began. We used Old Olive, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky and Smokey Slate. The water was completed with the waves from High Tide and the sky with the birds from the same set. Add the sentiment, a touch of Wink of Stella on the water and all done. For a first attempt I think they have all turned out rather well.
As promised I said I’d show you what the talented ladies made at the Caloundra Community Center today.
As you can see from the images there were varied coloured inks used as well as differing sentiments but Hey! they all look great. It may not show but two people added a Wink of Stella to add some shine to their moon and stars as well.
Everyone agrees that this stamp set Lovely as a Tree is one that’s very versatile.
As we were sponging, there were some “This isn’t looking right!” “Mine doesn’t look like yours!” “I’ve mucked it up again!” and I’d say “Just keep sponging, it will be OK!” and sure enough once we stamped the trees the ladies could see how it all comes together and were pleased with their, in some cases, first attempt at sponging.
If you would like to know more go to the Technique Treats Page and choose the first Tutorial on Sponging and Re-inkers.
Well done! Hope to see more sponging on your cards ladies!
Sometimes there’s a part of me that is just not satisfied with my cards.
I have made these for our Crafty Creations on Friday but let me talk you through my personal dissatisfaction with each one.
This was my first card. I didn’t put in a moon and not happy with the trees overlapping each other at the bottom Right Hand corner. To me they are looking squashed and not shadowy enough.
Happy with this before I sliced it. Then didn’t like the bulge on the side of the moon. It would have been fine but a gremlin managed to make a blob on the card (not that easy to see here but under the diamentie below the moon and under the sentiment). Wet ones, sneaky glue or a weeing gecko have a lot to answer for!! I wanted to use an elongated sentiment not an oval one and It wouldn’t cover it all.
So to take 3
So not to be put off and still striving for personal satisfaction I had another go. After all the inks were still on the desk. Now this is fine but in the spirit of this Blog I could have made a better moon and more dappled sky. My Right hand tree seems to have been made slightly too narrow and is disappearing off the card compared to second card.
Must say I am loving the new In colours Dapper Denim – the sky and the Emerald Envy – front grass. Have you purchased yours yet?
Our first Technique Treats Tutorial uses sponging and this same stamp set.
Lets see what the girls can come up with at Crafty Creations on Friday.
Be sure to return and check them out.
Usually I would showcase the Weekly Deals on a Wednesday but like many other products it has retired. Speaking of which there are still bargains to be had HERE for Stamps and HERE for other products.
But there is still some exciting happenings. Vicky and I have created our 4th Technique Treat. This time showcasing the very versatile and timeless Lovely as a Tree. The Techniques Featured are Sponging and Heat Embossing. Both beautiful Techniques that work well on numerous cards.
Thank you to those who have been enjoying these Tutorial and I encourage those of you who are hesitating to just give it a go and purchase this one as you won’t be disappointed. They are all beautiful cards and techniques that you can use over and over, even if I do say so myself.
So pop over to HERE and get yours NOW! No more procrastinating! Creating awaits!
Good luck. Naomi C.