Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Watercolor Tree

What I have for you today is the masculine card that we made at the Make and Take this month. I always try to include at least one masculine card, because those are harder for some people to come up with. This card was inspired by Heather Klump on Stampin Connection. Well...take a look!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Elements of Style, Wood Grain
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder, water spritzer, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, Watercolor Crayons: Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip

The card base is Pacific Point cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4". The card front was stamped with the Wood Grain background stamp in Pacific Point ink. I really love this Wood Grain background stamp because it works so great for those guy cards or for nature cards. It's one of my most frequently used background stamps!

The image panel is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 2 7/8" x 3 7/8". To stamp the image I colored directly on the stamp with the watercolor crayons using a combination of Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard for the leaves and Chocolate Chip for the trunk. After you stamp is colored spritz it with water using your spray bottle. I just use an old travel-sized hair spray bottle because it puts out a pretty fine mist. Then simply stamp on your cardstock!

To add the color in the trunk of the tree, the grass, and the sky squeeze the center of the closed Classic Ink Pad. Always Artichoke for the grass, Pacific Point for the sky, and Chocolate Chip for the tree trunk. Open the ink pad half way so that the lid is lying on the table. Use an Aquapainter to pick up the ink off the lid and use it to color in your sky, grass, and tree trunk. Now you have a beautiful watercolored scene! At this point it may take a while for your image panel to dry completely. I'm impatient sometimes so I dried mine off with the heat gun before continuing.

The embossing buddy was rubbed all over the bottom of the image panel. This is such a great tool for heat embossing. The powder inside the little pouch prevents embossing powder from sticking with static electricity where you don't want it. The embossing powder will only stick where your ink is. If you like heat embossing then it is definitely a tool to have in your stash! The sentiment from Elements of Style was inked up with Versamark and stamped in the bottom right hand corner of the cardstock. Gold embossing powder was poured on top and the excess removed. This was heated with a heat gun and now you have a shiny gold sentiment. 

The image panel was then adhered to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock cut at 3" x 4". A piece of 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon was tied around these panels between the sentiment and the watercolored image. This panel was adhered to the card front and you're done!

Come back tomorrow to see a pretty pink and white card with butterflies! Have fun stamping!