Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fall Tree

Thought I'd better take the opportunity to post a Fall-ish card before the season's gone...not sure why I chose the sentiment 'Congratulations' on this one, except for that it fit... Not very seasonal, but is what it is.

I used the "Four Seasons Tree" set from Heartfelt Creations - admittedly before stamping, the tree looks a little Halloween-y...these images are so versatile though, and the set lends itself to a variety of techniques. For this card I stamped the trunk on watercolor paper using Sand chalk ink, then filled in the image with the same ink and some reinkers, using a waterbrush. It's amazing what a different effect that gave, in contrast to the black and white image.

For the leaves, I used a Kaleidacolor pad, so I was stamping with 2 colors of dye ink at once. I misted my watercolor paper so the ink would bleed and run just a bit. {NOTE: An alternative to this 'faux watercolor' technique is to ink the stamp first, then mist the stamp before stamping. Works both ways.} I used the same inkpad to stamp a few fallen leaves around the base of the tree. The tag was a regular size shipping tag that I cut down with a craft knife. Oh that reminds me, I heard back from Ranger regarding my Tim Holtz ruler, and they are sending a new one. Happy about that one.

Congratulations. Hm...made sense when I was making it, but doesn't make sense here. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you... we are celebrating with you in our hearts today, but saving our big meal for Saturday. (Actually... heh heh... we bought 2 turkeys this year - one for us, and one to share, because when we share a turkey there are never any leftovers, and we miss the leftovers. We cooked 'our' turkey on Tuesday, and made turkey sandwiches for dinner. Weird, huh - eating leftovers before Thanksgiving?! :) LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  2. Beautiful card! Love how the tree has that watercolor effect. We'll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday too, so our son can be with us. We'll have a cookout (steaks) today with family & friends. Feels weird not celebrating with the rest of America today!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! What a pretty card..I love tree and leaf images! Thanks for the tips on how you colored it :)

  4. A lovely card, Dina. Thanks for sharing how you colored it - you've inspired me to give it a try. I'd have never thought to cut a tag down that way - I really like the look.