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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Winter Tree

Hi there.  Today I have a Christmas card to show you as Happy Little Stampers has a CAS Sketch  and a Christmas challenge which have a tree as the theme and also it is Rudolph Day which runs from the 25th to the end of the month.


For the tree I used a freebie set from Penny Black and made a little background for it.  I had a go at this technique on a card I made last Christmas and thought that I would give it another go.  I found a snippet  of white stamping card and cut it to about 4" square.  I inked the stamp using Adironack ink in Bottle and spritzed it several times with water before stamping it, having first placed a piece of scrap paper cut with a curve underneath the bottom edge so the water would not spoil the white of the card.  I spritzed it on the card to get the ink to move a bit more and then dried it with my heat tool.  I then inked and stamped over it again without any water which firmed up the outline.  I started with some Stormy Sky DI and thought this was a bit dark so decided to try some watercolour from a tube in French Ultramarine and mixed this in a bit to give a more definite but not too dark blue sky.  I have recently resurrected my watercolour tubes so I decided to mix it up a bit but the distress inks and also Adirondack and Momento do work well with water.  I think the only difference for me personally is that the watercolour paint will lift out better where the inks stain much quicker, if something is put on rather dark lightening it is quite difficult.  I then decided to give the sky more warmth at the horizon so added some Spiced Marmalade DI.  I made some shadows at the bottom of the tree with the Stormy Sky DI and a bit of Momento Tuxedo Black well diluted.  I finished by stamping over the tree with the Tuxedo Black but only inked the stamp very lightly.  It was mainly to give the bottom of the tree more definition and also to define some of the outer branches a bit better.  I then made some falling snow with a white gel pen.

I made a frame with my stitched square dies using a snippet of white card and finished with a sentiment from the same freebie set stamped using Archival Black.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Pat  x

These are the challenges I am entering:

Happy Little Stampers - Sketch Challenge.
Happy Little Stampers  - Christmas Challenge.
Rudolph Day Challenge - July.
Happy Little Stampers - CAS Challenge Stamping.
                   
p.s.  So excited to be chosen the winner of HLS Christmas Challenge.  Really made my day!

 

21 comments:

  1. This card really took my eye when it appeared on my Blogger reading list. It's beautiful and I liked reading the methods you used to create it. Elizabeth xx

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  2. You have created a beautiful winter scene, Pat! I think this should be framed!

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  3. One of my favourite PB stamps Pat (I used it too) and you've certainly put it to good use...love the scene you've created. Thanks for joining our first Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. Carol DT xx

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  4. So beautiful, Pat. A gorgeous scene and I agree with Bonnie, it needs to be framed! xx

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  5. This tree image done up in your technique is so ethereal and lovely!
    I agree with Bonnie...you could frame this one...it is so beautiful.

    Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

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  6. This is totally stunning and a very classy card, love it.

    Kath x

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  7. This is so gorgeous Pat. I LOVE how you've spritzed the tree and given it a hazed background and then stamped on top ... really gives it so much depth and interest. And your snowy sky is beautiful. Great job of this card Pat. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. This would work for the HLS CAS Stamping challenge too! :) xx

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  8. Pat, this is just one gorgeous tree. I loved reading about the techniques you followed to create this card, very interesting. The snowy background is pretty, and I like the touch of 'glow' behind the tree. (and of course that wonderful stitched frame!). TFS & Hugs

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  9. Awesome card Pat. love it - and I am shamelessly going to CASE it! xx

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  10. Wow~ This is just gorgeous! The background you've created is so lovely and soft, a perfectly dreamy setting for this beautiful little tree. Thanks so much for joining the Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge!

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  11. Very beautiful design Pat, I love that PB tree :) Have a great day, Shirleyxx

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  12. Great design Pat! Love the technique you have used! Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx

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  13. Your card has the great magic. It's so very romantic. I love the background behind the Christmas tree. For the truth very beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers Christmas.
    Regards,
    Bozen DT HLSC

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  14. Pat this card is beautiful, so simple yet so lovely. I really like the tree stamp and the lovely background you made. Your technique of spritzing the stamp with water and then overstamping it again for definition is really effective and looks stunning.
    Jean x

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  15. A wonderful card - I love square cards, and I love your framing. Thanks for explaining how you stamped the tree - you achieved a great watercolour look. And thanks for taking part in the Happy Little Stampers challenges.

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  16. love the tree and the background you created for it - thanks for sharing your pretty creation at the HLS July Sketch Challenge

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  17. What a beautiful card! I love all the colors and the soft feel. Thanks for playing along with us at our first Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge! :)

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  18. Such a lovely scene and thanks for sharing how you created it. Spritzing and then stamping again over the top is such a great idea, and your background is great, makes it really atmospheric.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, Anita x

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  19. Congratulations, Pat! This card was the winner at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge for last month! It's an awesome card!

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  20. This is beautiful, Pat. I am not surprised it was a winner! I love the soft focus effect you achieved.

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