Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Festival of Trees card

Hello Stampers!
Today's card layout came from a fantastic stamper named Connie Stewart at www.simplysimplestamping.com. Connie has created a series called "Flash Cards" where she does multiple styles of cards with a card base and two little pieces of cardstock.    Check it out for some awesome inspiration!

I took inspiration from Connie's card, and just stepped it up a bit by adding an extra layer of cardstock for the focal image, and blinged it up a bit with the silver glimmer paper stars and the silver dazzling details to the center of the snowflakes.


stamp sets:  Festival of Trees
                    Endless Wishes

ink:  Smokey Slate
        Soft Sky
        Basic Gray

cardstock:  Whisper White  (4-1/4" x 11"  and 2-1/2" x 4")
                   Smokey Slate    2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
                   Soft Sky             2-1/2" x 4"

miscellaneous:  silver glimmer paper
                          silver dazzling details
                          small star punch
                          tree punch

Per Connie's instructions, I stamped the first tree image on the small piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamping it toward the upper right hand corner of the piece of cardstock. I used Soft Sky ink for the tree, then Smokey Slate ink for the dots.   Next I tore the bottom edge off in a diagonal line, which will be saved to use as the hill of snow.  Set aside.

Next I took the piece of Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped the second tree using Smokey Slate ink. Per Connie's instructions, this needs to be stamped in the lower right hand corner about 1/2" up from the bottom of the cardstock.  Punch out with tree punch.  Then using Soft Sky ink, stamp the dots over the cardstock to make it appear as if it is snowing.  Stamp the sentiment "joy" in Basic Gray ink.

The first tree gets glued behind the opening in the cardstock, and trim edges to fit.  Then I popped up the hill of snow over top using dimensionals.  I glued the second tree on top of the snow, and used a piece of a dimensional at the top of the tree to attach to the card.  This piece was then added to the piece of Smokey Slate measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".  Set aside.

To prepare the card front, I stamped the snowflakes in Soft Sky and Basic Gray ink.  Then I attached the focal point to the card front using dimensionals.  For a touch of bling, I popped the small stars with dimensionals and added silver dazzling details to the centers of the snowflakes and some of the circles on the trees.  Allow time to dry.

I made 11 of these cards in a short amount of time by preparing each step for all of them prior to going on to the next step.  It really saved me a lot of time doing it that way.

Have a creative day!

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