Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dotty Trees and Paper Smooches

Yesterday I tried using the tree stamp from Paper Smooches' Warm Hearts set to create a look inspired by this card created by Jennifer McGuire. I'd love to have that stencil, but until I pull the trigger and order it, I am trying to figure out how to get the same type of look on my own. My first attempt yesterday ended up in the garbage can. I decided to try again this afternoon. If at first you don't succeed and all that. My friend Kay's inspiration helped as well. Thanks again, Kay! I'm happier with my second attempt and maybe you will like it as well.

To create the look, I stamped the trees onto a piece of scrap cardstock. You could probably use a glossy cardstock, but I didn't have any close by. I used a craft knife to cut out the insides of the trees and used the image with the cutout openings as a stencil. I used four green inks. CTMH's Garden Green, Olive, New England Ivy and Ponderosa Pine. The dot stamps are from Papertrey Ink sets, Polka Dot Basics and Floral Frenzy. I decided to go ahead and stamp the tree image over the dots so that there was more line definition. I went back and restamped some of the dots to hide any missed spots. Then I used some colored pencils to fill in the tree trunks. I outlined the entire image with a Grey Copic Marker (I have just a few for this purpose). I used a snowflake stamp from Warm Hearts(and CTMH's Heavenly Blue ink) and added a glittery dot to the center. To fill in a little better I added some dot trios. Again, I drew a glittery line to anchor the trees.

That's it from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. *Ü*


Sharli Schaitberger said...

Pretty trees! This card and the colorful tree card below are both super - and I'm not just saying that because I love trees! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanne!

I love all your cards and the way you decorate them. I can tell you put your heart and soul into each and every one of them. Thanks for sharing.

Love and Hugs, Tamara

Laurel said...

So super cute, love those trees!

KayM said...

Oh wow!! Those are fabulous trees!! Somewhere along in your explanation, the airplane totally took off, but however you did it, it's really neat looking! It looks like a fun technique and I'm so excited to see you using that set! I have had so much fun with it too!!

Inkyfingers said...

You certainly don't need that stencil because you have produced a fabulous look without it. I love the trees and the background is gorgeous.

Barb said...

This card is FABULOUS, Jeanne! You did an awesome job with your techniques!