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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Hello, old friend

Hello crafting friends!

When I returned to stamping after that four year break, I SO missed my library of stamp sets. I loved making today's card because it uses a stamp set I adored. It disappeared, of course, in The Great Stash Cull but, recently, a kind, kind lady sent me a box of goodies that she 'didn't need any more' (bless her generous heart!) and there it was: Sheltering Tree. It was like re-uniting with an old friend. Come and see:


This is a long, tall, thin card 8 cm x 20.5 cm (8" x 3 1/8") an unusual size for me but I had an envelope that size! I used a mask made with circle punches and sponged with Crumb Cake ink to make a sort of fantasy landscape background.


When it came to stamping the trees, I wanted smaller ones towards the top to create a sense of perspective. So I used a Soft Suede marker to ink up only the inner part of the tree image and stamped that at the top; the next tree was inked up with the same marker, covering slightly more of the tree; then, finally I was able to stamp the full-sized tree in the foreground.


The leaves are a separate stamp and I did exactly the same thing, using a variety of rust and brown markers. Some of these leaves look green in the photo, but they are actually added with a gold marker and add a pretty glow in real life.


The panel was finished with a pretty sentiment from Clearly Besotted and then matted onto Cajun Craze card stock before attaching to the card base.

(Click here if you'd like to see other cards I made using Sheltering Tree - quite a trip down memory lane!)

I was inspired to make this tall skinny card when I saw The Paper Players' challenge this week; I kept the colour palette to the browns and rust colours of this month's Rainbow Card Challenge,  so will also be linking up there.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
In case anyone is wondering how my youngest son is getting on at uni, he has sent me photos of how he's made his room look fabulous - he really has a talent for this :) He added that he didn't have time to chat as he was going to a party! I don't think I need to worry too much about him, do you?!

Thanks for popping in today. Do you have a favourite stamp set that you'd hate to lose? Do let me know what it is in the comments below!

Hugs,

26 comments:

  1. THis is wonderful, Vicky! I just love the soft, ethereal look you created with your sponging...and the trees are perfect! How nice that you got that stamp set back! I once sold my Soft as a Feather and SO regretted it...I finally got another one on ebay. I haven't used it for a while, but just knowing I have it makes me feel better, LOL! Thanks for playing with the Players this week!

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    1. YES! That's exactly it LeAnne. You know it's there when you need it. And for those of us who love challenges, I think we know each and every one of our huge collections - no need to catalogue them at all! Glad you got Soft as a Feather back :)

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  2. Love the card. This stamp set if one of my favorites too.

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    1. I know, it's so versatile isn't it! (And also I have a 'thing' about trees!)

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  3. Love this fabulously arty card.

    It's so good to hear of the kindness and generosity of fellow crafters. Gives you the warm fuzzies!

    xxx

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    1. I know! I truly believe there is no more kind and generous group of people than crafters <3
      xxx

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  4. WOW! This is gorgeous! I love the sponged background and oh those Fall trees are just gorgeous! I need to get out this stamp set and play! Thanks for the inspiration! SO happy you joined my sketch challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX

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    1. Thanks for the inspiration Claire! Such a fun challenge to do something a little bit different xx

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  5. A beautiful use of this stamp set, Vicky! I love how you've added the three trees to seem at different depths and distances!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I honestly think this stamp set would be fine making the tea if I asked it to!

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  6. Love, love this tall, fall card. You did an outstanding job. Thanks for your blog post every day. It makes me smile hearing about your son and your adorable Eva.

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    1. What a lovely comment to find on here Doris! Thank you for listening to me rambling on about the things and people and puppies I love! x

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  7. Gorgeous Vicky - I love those autumn trees and those sponged areas add a real misty touch - your card reminds me of a painting owned by a friend (by John Waterhouse I think). How lovely that you were reunited with a favourite stamp set of old. I have far too many retired stamps in need of a good home - you are welcome to pop round and rifle through them any time!! Thanks for sharing your creation with us over at The Paper Players this week!

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    1. Reminds you of a John Waterhouse painting? I AM flattered Joanne! I think you probably give your retired stamps lots of love since you are a keen challenge participant too, but we really should get together for a stamping session since we're practically neighbours!

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  8. Vicky.... how wonderful to have you back in the blogging world! Put a huge smile on my face when I saw this today :-) I love your wonderful background and the trio of trees moving the eye up through the top of the card. Fabulous. So glad you joined us at the Players this week and I look forward to seeing more submissions from you!
    hugs
    jaydee

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    1. Thank you Jaydee, that's a lovely welcome back! Thanks for all the fun and inspiration at the Paper Players :)

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  9. A lovely autumnal card! Join us again at The Rainbow Card Challenge!!

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  10. AWESOME card!! So pretty.Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

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  11. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Rainbow Card Challenge this time and good luck :)

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    1. Always a pleasure to play along at the Rainbow Cohenna :)

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  12. I'm back again, though I thought I would be... and I STILL love this card! Thanks for joining us at the Rainbow Card Challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs,
    Em DT

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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