Sunday 20 September 2020

Experimenting with trees

Hello, crafting friends!

Well, I have had fun in The Craft Square Metre today! I took a small tree from a Christmas stamp set and had a good old play with it in a couple of non-festive ways! 

The set I found the tree in was Stampin' Up's From Our House To Yours. In the first card I stamped it on a smooshed background and in the second card I used it as part of a stamped autumnal border. 

Here's the first.

I dripped inks in various purples onto some cling wrap, spritzed it with water and placed a card panel into the result. Once the panel was dry, I masked off a horizontal line and watercoloured in a ground. Once THAT was dry, I masked off the ground and repeat-stamped the tree in dark purple, varying the heights. A matching purple marker was used to fill in any gaps.

The most interesting part of the panel was trimmed using a tall, thin stitched rectangle die by Christina Griffiths. To represent the moon, I punched a small hole in the sky and filled it with the same-sized circle punched out of shiny card stock, taped at the back to secure. I added stars with a white gel pen and stamped the sentiment (from Stampin'Up's Today's Tiles) in dark purple ink. The panel was attached to a card base with dimensionals.

For the second card, I tried using the tree as twiggy branches in a leafy border. I think it works!

The foliage and berries mostly come from WPlus9's Silver Bells but I also used a leaf that was out on my desk from Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage. I tried the stamping out on scrap paper first and then copied the design carefully onto a card panel. 

For the sentiment, I cut a strip of card stock and trimmed it top and bottom with a stitched rectangle die. The bold sentiment is from WPlus9's Hello and Thanks, stamped in dark brown ink. I thought I had stamped my borders so carefully but when I put the card together, I noticed a red blob on my pristine white card... that's why there are lots of gems on this card!!!

So happy that the twiggy autumnal card was chosen as a Weekly Winner at CAS Colours and Sketches!

And that both cards were Honourably Mentioned at The Twofer Challenge!

I'm linking both cards up with The Twofer Challenge where the theme this month is Trees, and we are asked to use the same stamp/die/stencil, on two different designs, for two different occasions.
I'm also entering Card One into this month Stamping Sensations challenge where the theme is Great Outdoors; and also joining in at Less is More's Shades of Purple colour challenge.
Card Two was made with those amazing colours at CAS Colours and Sketches (my second entry!) and I'm also linking it up at Just Add Ink where the challenge is to Just Add 'A'. My 'A' is autumn of course!

Forgive the rubbish photo but it really does sum up our weekend...

Yep! This weekend we have mostly been cavorting about the countryside in the sunshine :) How about you?



  1. Two really lovely creations, great Autumn colours and also love the purple/pink mix too.

    Kath x

  2. No cavorting here sadly. Restrictions ramped up!
    2 great cards Vicky - your smooshed background is awesome!

  3. Love your tree experiment, Great job on both layouts! The watercolored background in card 1 is gorgeous (can never go wrong with purple) and the use of the colors from the challenge on card 2 is perfect. Successful experiment I'd say. I would also have to say Eva had a super fun filled weekend. Thanks so much for joining us this week at CC&S

  4. Love both cards, but am particularly drawn to the first one, which is so dramatic and gorgeous in purple.

    Hug x

  5. Gorgeous, the tree silhouettes are amazing
    Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  6. Two beautiful makes,love the shades of purple and your stamping in the first and the layout in the second,

  7. Two very pretty cards and I love your cling film background x

  8. Yay!!! Two cards for us here at CC&S. Thank you so much! You've inspired me to look at my holiday stamps a bit differently now.

  9. Both fit our theme so well Vicky, I always love Autumnal cards but as a self confessed treeaholic I am drawn to that one with the deep purples.

    Thanks so much for joining in with our 'Great Outdoors' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  10. Two fantastic cards using these trees, Vicky! Love that bright background on the first and the wonderful Fall colors on the second!

  11. Clever way of using the tree, and that’s a fine bit of art with the cling film. Hope you get to cavort some more this week xxx

  12. Both are as gorgeous as always Vicki! That cling wrap background is really beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  13. Two lovely card designs and love the picture.

    Hugs Diane

  14. Two beautiful elegant cards. Both very well designed and in lovely colours. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

  15. Two great makes but your purple atmospheric make is totally glorious


  16. Two gorgeous cards, Vicky! And yep, I had something in my eye after seeing Elena's comment on my hop blog post too. She's so sweet, as are you xoxo

  17. Two fabulous cards Vicky. Loving your smooshed background and the sentiment is perfect for these awful times. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More,
    Lynne x

  18. Fabulous twofers ! Love both of them. I especially love the purple scene, so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More.

  19. Terrific cards ~ It's great to see two totally different takes with the same stamp (which is the point) so you nailed it! Eva is so happy with her friend ~ Enjoy!

  20. Aw, Vicky, what a great photo of those two beautiful dogs cavorting in the late summer sunshine! It is the epitome of a brilliant weekend and I'm so happy for you all!

    What a wonderful purple-hued moonlit sky you created for your encouragement card. Wow! I love how you built it and how you made it look so easy! And your thank you panel with the beautiful top and bottom fall greenery is simply inspired! (Good job making your gems look intentional!) Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #31! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  21. Two fabulous cards Vicky. Both super designs using your tree stamp but I especially love the purple one xx

  22. Striking colours on your Autumn card and the sentiment sitting across the stamping is lovely. Thanks for joining in our challenge this week at Just Add Ink.

  23. A fun way to use your stamps. I love your smooshed background - the colours are lovely. The Autumn card is lovely and a great use of stamps. Chantell Just Add Ink

  24. Twp beautiful cards, I love the purple one and I keep meaning to try the technique of the second one that you have done perfectly

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  25. Such a pretty encouragement card, Vicky! Those purples, and the technique you've used to create that sky are simply lovely. Those trees really pop against the scene you've created. Your thank you card is simply amazing. I've been dying to try that technique, and you've showcased it beautifully here. What a clever way to use those trees! Thank you so much for joining us at The Twofer Challenge. Stay safe. Bev

  26. Your second entry is also gorgeous! The layout is simple and so beautiful! Thank you for playing along with CC&S challenge, again!


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