No one likes to send Sympathy cards but unfortunately they are part of life. There is no better way to show someone from afar that you care and are thinking of them then sending a homemade card when you can’t be with them.
I made this card using the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree. Now, everyone knows this set. It has been a part of Stampin’ Up! the longest. Shelli Gardner, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! said it would never retire. Now, I am not so sure about that, but it is one of the most beautiful sets they offer. I stamped the tree once in the foreground and then again in the background without re-inking it. It makes the trees come out lighter which gives the illusion that they are farther away. I did this three times. Then I took a piece of Post-It-Note paper and cut a circle out of it, put it on the card and sponged around it. That technique is called Masking. After removing the Post-It-Note I inked up the “moon” with a little So Saffron Ink and stamped the sentiment.
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This is the second card we did at our monthly stamp club meeting. It uses a couple of techniques that are fun to do. The first technique is called Reflection. To do this is very simple. First you stamp the regular image. We used the trees from the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree. Then you stamp it again onto a window sheet. Turn the window sheet upside and line it up with the bottom of your stamped image and rub the ink onto your cardstock. It comes out a little lighter and a litter blurry so it looks like a reflection in water.
The second technique we used on this card is masking. I cut a circle out of Post-It note paper and placed it on the card where I wanted to moon to be. Then we sponged Soft Sky ink over the top of the trees. When you pull the Post-It Note off you can see the circle. You do this again on the bottom of the card only this time we dragged the sponge over the reflection to make it look more like water.
This is a card that would be perfect for a workshop of brand new stampers. It showcases so many of the awesome products that Stampin’ Up! offers. The tree is from the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree and it comes in Wood Mount or Clear Mount so you can show the customers the high quality rubber stamps. The sentiment is from Tin Of Cards and is a Photopolymer stamp so again you can show them how easy it is to line up the stamps. The card uses two circle punches and an embossing folder called Stylish Stripes. That way you can show them how the Big Shot works too!
Madelyn is five months old. How did that happen so fast? Isn’t she gorgeous? The best part is she is coming to visit us this weekend and we get to babysit her while her parents go to a wedding! I can’t wait. I am going to take her cell phone shopping, to McDonalds and out for ice cream! ( I am just kidding but as a grandmother I could if I wanted to!).
This year I used the Stampin’ Up Stamp Set called Wondrous Wreath for my Christmas Card. This was my favorite set from the Holiday Catalog. I love it because you can use it any time of year by just changing the colors. You can make a spring or summer wreath by adding flowers on it and a fall wreath by stamping it in fall colors (Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, etc). It is a 3 step stamp set which means it has three different stamps that you layer on top of each other. I used Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon and the Encore Silver Ink Pad. One of the best things about it is it also has a set of matching Framelits called Wonderful Wreath so no tedious cutting. If you look closely, I stamped Lovely As A Tree behind the window. The sentiment is from Holiday Home.
Is there anyone left who has known about Stampin’ Up! who does not have the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree? It has been around the longest of any set and is one of Shelli’s (the founder of Stampin’ Up!) favorites. She told us a couple of years ago that she will never let it retire. We will see. She also told us we would never get Photopolymer stamps and that is not true anymore. So if you don’t have this set, you really need to get it before it does go (if it goes).
In any case, I embossed three of the trees from this stamp set with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder and twice in Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment is from Many Merry Stars which is in the Holiday Supplement Catalog.
Earlier this month I had a workshop for a new customer named Robin. Robin wanted to do Christmas Cards at her workshop so I designed two of them. This is the first card we made. We used the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree and stamped it three times on the card without re-inking it. When you do this it makes it look like the lighter trees are more in the background then the bolder ones. Then we punched a 1″ circle out of Post-It Note Paper and put it on the card. Then, when you sponge the background, it leaves the circle without any ink so it looks like a moon. This technique is called masking and is always a fun thing to learn when you are a new stamper.
I am so happy that the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree was not retired! It has broken all records of any stamp set that has been in the catalog. I think it first showed up in the 2001/2002 came out and I am glad it is sticking around. Even Shelli Garnder, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! said she hopes it will never retire. The one sad thing about this card is the sentiment is from Oh, Hello and that is retiring at the end of this catalog year. I really love the sentiments in that set so I will be sad to see it go. Actually, I am not sure why I am sad about it because I own it! The background of this card was made using the background stamp called Hardwood. This stamp is in the Occasions Catalog and I am hoping it will go into the annual catalog too!
If you ever need inspiration just go to Pinterest and plug in “Stampin Up” in the search bar and thousands of entries will pop up for you to look at. If you want an idea for a specific stamp set you can type in “Stampin Up Lovely As A Tree” (for example) and tons of projects made with this set will pop up. I saw a card similar to mine on Pinterest. I changed it up a little but I basically CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything) it. This card uses the “Masking Tape” technique. It is so easy to do and I love the results. You just rub a piece of masking tape onto your ink pad and then place it on your card stock and rub. I used Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand for this card. Of course, the trees came from Lovely As A Tree and the sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts.
Welcome to the fifth day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I hope you are enjoying this series that shows you how to make simple but pretty Christmas Cards.
This card uses the stamp set called Lovely As A Tree. This set has been around the longest of any of the sets from Stampin Up! because it is still one of the prettiest. The greeting is from Greetings of the Season which is not in any of the catalogs but is still available for purchase.
To make this card, stamp the tree in Versamark. Sprinkle White Embossing Powder on it and heat with your Heat Tool until set. Stamp your greeting in Midnight Muse. Take a Stampin Sponge and tap it on the Midnight Muse Ink pad and rub over the trees until you get the darkness you wish. Wipe off the ink that is on the trees and put your card together. Easy!
I am having a good time taking out some of my older, yet still current, stamp sets and using colors that I don’t normally use. Lovely As A Tree is one of those sets that I have had for a long time but rarely use anymore. It is such a nice, which is one of the reasons it has stayed around so long. Garden Green is a Stampin Up! color that I rarely use too. I am not sure why. It is great for trees or leaves and, this being fall, is a great time to use that color. Baked Brown Sugar is one of the new In Colors that I don’t use very often but still like.
Go look in your craft room and make something today that you haven’t used in a while. When you do that you will remember why you bought it in the first place.