Hello stampin' friends! I was honored a couple of months ago when my fellow demonstrator and friend, Jenny Hall, invited me to be a guest designer for the Creating Kindness Blog Hop this month. If you have never followed this hop, you are in for a treat because this is a very talented group of stampers! If you're stopping by my blog for the first time...WELCOME! I hope you'll come back often! If you regularly stop by my blog, I'm especially glad you're here today!
The theme for this month's blog is "embossing", which we could interpret however we wanted. I immediately thought of "heat" embossing, but ended up using both heat and envelope embossing on my card. I also decided to use one of my favorite, new stamp sets, Winter Woods. I was drawn to this set when I first saw it but I honestly didn't see it as a "favorite" until I started playing with it. The images are so beautiful and the framelits make it easy to make a "WOW" statement. Did you know this set coordinates with both the Rooted In Nature and Lovely As A Tree stamp sets? Put them all together and you have a dynamic trio of sets for all kinds of gorgeous "woodsy" projects! Here's my card:
I started this card with the tree. If you haven't seen the framelits for this set yet, the tree is actually two, separate pieces. Both pieces are stamped with the same stamp image but when cut, one tree is slightly wider so that it shows beneath the second one. Also, the second one has small cuts that can be pushed out and away from the image to create a 3-D effect. Both tree images were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. The bottom one is stamped with the Shaded Spruce ink pad. The top one is inked in the Old Olive pad but before stamping it, I brushed a few of the branches with the brush tip of the Shaded Spruce Stampin' Write marker. Once the images were stamped, I ran them through the Big Shot with the two framelits. Before moving on to the next step, you'll want to pop out the branches on the top tree.
I've discovered that it's really fun to heat emboss using Fine-Tip glue. You do have to be a little bit careful that you don't burn it, but when you apply the glue, cover it with embossing powder and heat it, it bubbles up and creates some very interesting texture...perfect for snow! To apply the "snow" I embossed on each tree individually. On the bottom one, I didn't bother with the part of the tree that would be covered by the top one, but I wanted to make sure to get the outside branches. I applied glue to the branch tips, poured white embossing powder over the glue, then heated it with my embossing gun. I repeated the process with the top tree, applying glue over the outside branch tips, and also on the popped out pieces...added white embossing powder and heated. When both pieces were finished, I adhered the top tree over the bottom tree with mini Stampin' dimensionals to really give it a 3-D effect! Finally, I added some gold metallic pearls as ornaments.
I absolutely LOVE the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper...and it looks awesome when combined with my very favorite DSP, Wood Textures. I cut a piece of the Wood Textures with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits, as well as a strip on which I embossed the sentiment with a VersaMark pad and white embossing powder. I adhered the strip to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink. Before layering these pieces at the bottom of a Crumb Cake card base, I ran a piece of Cherry Cobbler twine around them, securing it to the back with SNAIL adhesive. I cut a piece of the Festive Farmhouse DSP (4" x 3-1/2"), tore the bottom edge, slightly curled the torn edge, then sponged Crumb Cake around the edges. This piece was adhered to the top half of the card base.
To finish it up, I attached the Wood Textures oval to the card front and the tree is attached over that. I spritzed the entire card with a Stampin' Spritzer filled with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of Champagne shimmer paint. Finally, I tied a small bow with the Cherry Cobbler twine.
I hope you enjoyed this project...it was a little time consuming but not really as much as you might think. I hope you'll give it a try!
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I'll be back tomorrow with another project to share...see you then!