Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Sheltering Tree Edition
Can you believe we are so far into this year already! It is just flying by, just like last year did, lol! It is the first Monday of the month, which means it is time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. This time we are featuring a wildly popular set from the Occasions Mini. Almost every demo I know has purchased this set. It is so very versatile, good for any age, gender, and occasion. If you don't have it yet, you are going to need it by the end of this hop, I can guarantee it! I think this set just cries out to be used with techniques :)

As always, this hop is set up in a loop with links that will always take you directly to the posts for the hop. If you get lost along the way, or just want to see the full blog roll, click on the banner at the top to go straight to the Stamp Review Crew blog post for this hop.

If you are following along in order, you just came from Betty Traciak's blog. Fabulous, right?! I am stop #15, and here is what I have made for you all to enjoy!

My first project is a subdued general card. I thought about using a sympathy sentiment, but decided to keep it open to use for just about anything.
  1. I used a panel of watercolor paper and embossed the tree with White embossing powder.
  2. Then used my Aquapainter to alternate stripes of Crumb Cake and Sahara sand. 
  3. After drying, I stamped the leaves on with Mossy Meadow, but I only inked up once and just kept stamping. I then went back and wiped off the excess ink from the white trunks. 
  4. Then I cut about 1½" off the bottom of the panel, marked the placement lightly with  a pencil on the card base, and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso. 
  5. I then laid the remaining portion of the panel on the card base to figure out how much to trim off the top to get it the right size.
  6. Stitch around the edges, pop up on dimensionals. Front is done.
  7. Stamp the tree trunk with Whisper White ink on bottom right corner of inside of card. Then stamp leaves in Mossy Meadow. 
  8. Outline inside with Signo white gel pen. DONE!
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Here is what the inside looks like. The Mossy Meadow does a nice job of overlapping the white tree trunk. You can see the dimension here on the card front also.

Next up, I wanted to use those adorable little bikes! I love that there are 2 stamps for this image, it makes it really easy to make the frame bright and shiny :) I used 2 embossing powders for the bike frames. I must admit, I was thinking of our Heidi Baks when I made this card. She is quite the mountain bike racer!

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I did not emboss the bikes on the inside. I was just too lazy :)

This is my last project, and the watercolor background takes center stage here. I just love how this turned out! It was pretty easy too. I was going for a soft and artistic feel with this card. I adore the font of the sentiments in this set! Isn't it just gorgeous embossed here? I must confess, I used the retired Pewter embossing powder here. I love that stuff so much, I bought a backup container of it before it disappeared. But, I am sure it would look lovely in Silver also :)

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Another view, because the picture turned out great and I couldn't waste it, right! The hearts are leftovers from Valentine's card, Confetti Heart punched Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

 To decorate the inside, I just took the trimmings from the front panel and adhered them the right side edge. I wanted to continue that soft blended look with being overpowering.

That's all for me! I hope you liked at least one of these. Please, leave a comment and share your thoughts with me, it means so much :)

Time to head on over to Bronwyn Eastley's blog where she is sure to WOW you (and me too!).

Challenges used:

1st Card:

3rd Card:


Linda Callahan said...

Wow - beautiful lineup of cards! Love all the trees! And you used a perfect sentiment with the bikes!

Betty said...

Wonderful techniques! These would all be so fun to make. You should do this as a technique class-- it would be very popular!

Yapha Mason said...

These are spectacular, Tanya! I love the white tree trunks. Thanks for the tips on how you made them, and thanks for another great hop!

Add Ink and Stamp said...

Wow! I love all 3 cards especially the one with the bicycles. The bold sentiment is perfect.

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards, Tanya - each one better than the last. I need to start stitching on my cards. It adds so much.

Unknown said...

Great cards! I love how the bikes just pop off the Natural coloured card.

Dawn Tidd said...

Amazing cards, Tanya! They're all so different and each one unique and striking!

Rochelle Blok said...

Great cards Tanya. Love the first one. It reminds me of the Ghost Gum trees that we have here in Australia. The embossing of the bike frames in the second card makes those bikes pop! The background on the third card looks awesome! I love the embossing of the sentiment on the vellum! So pretty!

Kim Jolley said...

These Sheltering Tree Samples are completely amazing!!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Oh my goodness! What a stunning line up. You really have captured the versatility of this set.

Creative Heart Designs said...

Your watercolor background is fantastic! Beautiful card.

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Unknown said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Mike said...

I always look at a very specific image stamp and think the unique creation possibilities are so limited. You just proved me SO wrong! All are amazing!

laurie said...

Love your watercolor background! Just a gorgeous spring card.Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

Cindy Hall said...

Wow! Three incredibly different and beautiful designs from one stamp set! Beautifully create Do! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Heidi Baks said...

Beautiful cards, Tanya! I love that type of layout in the first card, with the sentiment on the base layer. I must try that.

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful cards! I love those sweet little bikes!

Debbie Mageed said...

All three of your cards are wonderful but your watercolor card that was submitted to our challenge is incredible. I love your color choices for making this a truly spring card. When the snow disappears here, the bicyclists are out in full force! Thank you for playing along with the Paper Players theme challenge this week!

LeAnne said...

Very pretty technique used with these cards....just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Paper Players this week!

Carol Carriveau said...

Your white birch trees are fabulous! Can hear the leaves rusting in the breeze! Loving your other cards as well...great job on each of them!

Ann Schach said...

Tanya, you never cease to amaze me! Each of your cards is gorgeous! The birch trees are so clever!

Anonymous said...

Wow this is AWESOME just wow! Great projects!

Mom-Mom Gail said...

I loved them all, but what colors did you use for the watercolor background? GORGEOUS

Tanya Boser said...

I am so glad you liked them! I am going to guess you mean the third card. There is a supplies gallery right below the first picture of each project also, but here are the colors I used:
Pistachio Pudding
Wild Wasabi
Pool Party
Lost Lagoon

If you meant the first card, here those are:
Sahara Sand
Crumb Cake

Happy Stamping!


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