Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Then All The Trees...

Sorry I haven’t been around for a while.  I made a quick trip to Memphis, TN to deliver a car to my daughter and had a wonderful time visiting with her.  I met her new boyfriend and he was very nice.  I also delivered a huge fake tree that I rescued before it was thrown out and she and her roommates were thrilled.  So were their two little kittens who immediately climbed to the top, knocking it to the ground and breaking the stand.  We finally found a new stand to hold it up but I am not sure how long that will last with those silly little critters.  My husband joined us the next day and we headed back a day later.  I went to work on Monday but must have picked up a bug and ended up in bed for two days.  Not the best time to be sick with all the extra activity at school and getting things ready at home for the holidays so I have been playing catch up.  Now that school is out for a few weeks and my Christmas cards are in the mail, I couldn’t resist heading to my craft room to make this card that I have been thinking about for quite a while.

This card was created using a technique that I had recently been told about, though I did make a few adjustments to meet my needs.  The original instructions said to use Versamark ink to stamp images but I used an embossing folder to add a few trees and ran my Versamarker over the embossed images.  The background is sponged twice with two different green inks and spritzed with water to give it a snowy look.  I layered this on green and added it to a white card base.

I used a die cut tree and used SNS Brushable Glue to add Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft.  After it dried I added more along the top of the branches and layered it on the front of the card.

For the sentiment I used Then all trees… from Sparkle N Sprinkle and cut it out with a Spellbinder label die.  I layered this on top of two holly scrolls covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Lady Luck glitter and popped this up on the card with foam tape.

To get detailed instructions on how to make this card you can go here.

I experimented with this technique a bit and tried using cardstock that had a smooth coated surface but wasn’t glossy.  The background came out a bit different and I decided to add more glitter around the embossed tree using a glue pen.  I thought it was pretty but still liked the more subtle, snowy look of my first card.

Thank you for taking the time in your busy schedules to stop by.

E. Marie

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #65 – Anything Christmas
Stampin Sisters In Christ Challenge #120 –Christian Image and/or Sentiment (True Meaning of Christmas)
Paper Play Challenge Week #50 – Christmas
One Stop Craft Challenge Week #162 – Christmas Sparkle
Kaboodle Doodle Challenge #98 – Oh Christmas Tree
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #52 - Monochromatic and Sparkle
DYSU Challenge #50 - Winter
Crafty Creations Challenge #148 – Embossing and Glitter
Crafts and Me Challenge #65 – Christmas
Catch The Bug Challenge – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge Week 86~~Make a Christmas Card
Everybody Art Challenge #173 – Everything Goes/Anything Goes
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light ODBDSLC89 - "NOEL" Word Play (N-Nestabilities, O-outside, E-embossing, L-layers)
Aifactory Challenges Challenge #99 - Christmas Theme


Tamie said...

Fantastic card. I just love what you have designed. Thank you sooo much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Becky said...

Fabulous card, so creative. Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

Debs said...

a gorgeous card :0)..thanks for sharing with us at Bling It On..hugs Debs x

Donna Ellis said...

Oh My! This card took my breath away, Marie! It's gorgeous, elegant, beautifully constructed! Love the icy feel, and snowy softness. The shading and coloring is amazing! It's different from anything else I've seen this season. Thank you for sharing how you created it, and for sharing your talent. Happy Christmas, Marie!

Shona Erlenborn said...

So much going on in this card Marie - I love it! Love the monochromatic look too. Spectacular.

Sandra said...

This is a beautiful card and so creative.......stunning:) Sandra H

Anne Temple said...

Wow, your card is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it wit us for the Christmas challenge at AiFactory.

April said...

Beautiful, Marie! You did a great job with the technique! Love it!
Hugs, April

Miesje said...

Beautiful trees! Love the card. So glad you could join us this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ! Merry Christmas!

Maggie's Crafts said...

Simply stunning!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday in Anything Christmas challenge.

Merry Christmas!:)


Min said...

Wow, this is just amazingly gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug "Baby It's Cold Out" Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

♥ anusch ♥ said...

Gefällt mir sehr gut.
Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei EAC.
Liebe Grüße Doreen

Brenda said...

Makes you want to run out and play in the soft snow. It's so gorgeous - just like new snow before anyone gets to it.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful card E Marie!! Love the colors and the technique!! Thanks for joining the ODBD Challenge! Merry Christmas!!

Jen said...

love this... perfect

Thanks for joining us at One Stop Crafts this week and have a fab Christmas x

Jen x

Amanda R said...

Marie this is just absolutely gorgeous! I just keep coming back to look and admire it. Great card!

Barbara Bruder said...

This card is so beautiful!! It just is really breath taking. Your instructions are really nice, thanks for including them.

Merry Christmas

Grace said...

Hi Marie! Your card is just gorgeous!!! So creative and artistic! Sorry you have been sick... I'm just pulling myself out of bed too. Anyway.... I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas and a new year filled with all God's richest blessings!

Janeen said...

great technique. it turned out really well. Thanks for playing in Speedy's Challenge. Wishing you and yours peace and joy in this holiday season.

MariLynn said...

This is gorgeous. I love how your trees look. Thanks for sharing how you made your card. Thanks for sharing it with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge!! Merry Christmas.

shell said...

Oh this is gorjuss hun, thanks for joining us at Bling it On this month.
Merry Christmas x
Shell xx

LaJanette said...

Oh this card is just gorgeous! Loving those trees. Glad you bent the rules; those embossed trees are AWESOME!

Thanks for playing along with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday!


PS; Last day to enter into my Candy:0)

Lisbeths kort og scrap said...

OH, this is SO perfect, SO elegant! I love this technique. Good luck at Fussy and Fancys Monochromatic with some sparkle challenge, and merry christmas, from Lisbeth K

Jani Lewis said...

Beautiful card. I love the effect you
got on the background and making the front tree sparkle is just lovely.


Karen Letchworth said...

This card is absolutely stunning! What a beautiful job you have done with this. I also love the sentiment on it, and wanted to tell you about another great challenge blog where you can use encouraging quotes or scripture. It's wordartwednesday.blogspot.com and you would be awesome at this blog (great prizes each week). Hope you will check it out, and play along!

I'd love to follow your blog, and would like to invite you to my blog as well. I love new followers, and making new friends. Hope you will visit me as well.

Deirdre said...

Gorgeous – thank you so much for joining us on Paperplay for this Challenge. Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope to see you again in 2012.

Chris said...

your wintery scene is very beautiful.
thanks for playing with us at SFTW.