Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Seasons of Tree


I love trees… so when I saw Jami’s challenge to use the tree image from Taylor’s Frightful Night set, I wanted to make something. Since I am a card type of girl, that’s what I did.
I know, I know… this is not very original since Michelle Zindorf has already perfected this technique to the max… but I wanted to give it a try…

Stamps: Frightful Night (Taylored Expressions- Stamp a Sweet Impression)... Baroque Motifs and Sweet Serendipity (SU!)…
Paper: Glossy White, Not Quite Navy, Real Red (SU!)…
Ink: Black StazOn… Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy (SU!)…
Access: red organdy ribbon (misc), Silver Stickles (Ranger Ink), white gel pen…
Tools: circle punch for moon mask, fern punch (Martha Stewart), sponge daubers, brayer, Tiny Tags die (Cuttlebug-Provo Craft)…

First I stamped the tree with Black StazOn… punched the moon mask and tore a piece of paper for the grass mask... (sorry but the picture doesn't show Not Quite Navy)


Next I sponged and brayered the colors on… first Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, then Night of Navy around the edges…



Stamped the swirl image, and using a white gel pen, I made the dots… I also had to use my Not Quite Navy Marker to draw in the image that didn’t stamp properly…

Matted the main image on the square cards… then on the card base…
Next I put silver stickles on the tree and ground...

Finally I added the greeting, the ribbon, and the punched fern branches…

My second card was made with the same technique, but this time I wanted to make a Fall/Halloween-ish card. I used more images from the set and different colors (Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Black StazOn). The paper, ribbon, and brads are from the Halloween Key Ingredients pack.


Thanks for looking!

Monika

16 comments:

Donna said...

Monika! these are FABULOUS!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

LOVE both card, Monika! Fabulous! LOVE how you used the branch punch!

retiredheather said...

Both cards are indeed great Monika. Love the way you completed both.
Heather

Ana said...

Awesome tutorial and cards Monika!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

These are gorgeous, Monika! Great idea to include the tutorial too. Very nicely done. :)

Terri said...

Monika, both of these cards are AMAZING, great use of this tree, I love it!

Jami said...

Wow Monika - I LOVE both cards. The winter tree is something I had not thought of and now seems so obvious. Very cool!

zukesgirl said...

That sponge techniques is AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing!
Tracy

Stephanie said...

Wow! These are amazing! I am just speechless! You did such an amazing job! :)

Michelle said...

Wow! These are amazing cards! Thanks for sharing them.

Mary said...

Awesome card Monika.

Mary

Gwen said...

These are fabulous!! fantastic blogg!!!! love it :)

Jackie Pedro said...

Both cards are so beautiful!! Thank you for the tutorial!!

Charlene said...

Both of these are amazing! I love them as cards, I also think they would look great framed on a wall too...they are gorgeous! Great job!!

Amy Johnson said...

Lovely cards. I especially love the winter scene card. I love how you used the image and also showed the versatility of the set. Great job!

Amanda McIlhatton said...

Zindorf would be proud of ya! Great cards! I'm loving all your halloween projects.