The challenge at Heart to Heart today is to incorprate anything to do with leaves and or trees. How fitting, since we spent most of yesterday raking the leaves from under the now bare trees in our front yard. I couldn't decide, so I made one of each.
I masked the center panel, then sponged inks in bamboo and gray flannel on it. Then I stamped the little trees in gray flannel, garden green and olive to make it look like they are in the distance. Next, I removed the mask, and stamped the big tree in new england ivy over the whole thing. I distressed and inked the edges, then used a piercer to make holes to thread the hemp through in a cross-stitch design on the corners. It was matted onto olive cardstock, then put on a blank A2 card base. I did the corner of a matching envelope to go along with it. I like this card, it's simple to make and flat so it's easy to mail. I made some with different sentiments...thank you, sympathy, and christmas.
And, one using leaves:
This one was fun. I wanted to have the leaves multicolored, so I used a puddle pad technique. What is a puddle pad you ask? It's a technique I found on a CTMH TV Art and Soul episode, you can view the video HERE to learn how to do this ink technique. It's a bit messy, but very easy and I am thrilled with how the leaves turned out. I stamped the leaves onto colonial white cs, added the veins in desert sand ink, then sponged cocoa and honey around the edges. Stamped the sentiment, then mounted it onto cocoa cs with the corners punched. Add a few more mats and some ribbon, and the main image is popped up on 3D foam squares to give it some dimension.
I can't decide which one I like better, so I am entering both of these cards for this week's challenge at H2H.
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Recipe for tree card:
Stamps: D1298 Beautiful Things (trees)
D1400 Everyday Celebration (sentiment)
Cardstock: White Daisy and Olive
Inks: Olive, New England Ivy, Bamboo, Gray Flannel
Recipe for leaves card:
Stamps: D1232 Nature's Vein (leaves)
C1424 Nature's Gift (sentiment)
Cardstock: Cocoa, Honey, Barn Red, Colonial White
Inks: Barn Red, Honey, Orange, Cocoa, Desert Sand
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon
(Corner punch from SU)