Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Twofer Challenge #6 - Trees

Hello friends.  This month's Twofer Challenge is all about TREES!


I have many tree stamps and dies, but I have to say that after all this time Lovely As A Tree (SU!) is still my favorite tree stamp set!


The line up of trees in this stamp set is so versatile, and I use it for everything from Christmas (duh!!) to Sympathy, Birthday, Thinking Of You, and beyond!  Yep, it's well loved!!


For my first card I wanted a birthday card that could be masculine and Fall-ish, so I masked off the top and bottom of my panel and then ink blended using Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, & Fired Brick DOX inks.  (Little tip when stamping over DOX inks with black ink...make sure your ink is completely dry and prepped with an embossing buddy, then ink it up (I used Versafine Black Onyx) and immediately sprinkle CLEAR embossing powder and heat set.  Why??  Your black ink will dry gray colored over the DOX inks, and it doesn't matter what type of black ink you use...trust me on this one!!)  After heat setting my trees, I added my sentiment from PTI's Delightful Dahlia Additions and then mounted to a white card base.


Darnell, does this background look familiar??  Does Bubble Wrap ring a bell?  For my 2nd card I wanted to do a Winter scene and went digging through my box of leftover backgrounds (I always make 2 or 3 or 5 or 6 more than I need when I'm playing with a different media) and found this one where Darnell had challenged us to use Bubble Wrap and ink to create fun backgrounds.  It kinda looks like snow, right?  Well, kinda sorta kinda!  Hey, artistic license and all that, right?!!  I think the group of trees looks fabulous against the background, and I did a simple mounting with Pacific Point cardstock and then adhered that to a white card base and finished with a sentiment from PTI's Winter Hills.

So there you have it...a Fall birthday card and a Winter Christmas or Thinking of You card using SU!'s Lovely As A Tree.  Make sure you check out all the FABULOUS cards from Darnell, the Guest Designer (Maria Rodriguez), and the rest of the DT...LOTS to inspire you this month!!  You can find it all right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


14 comments:

  1. Oh they are fabulous!! I love your bubble wrap BG!!

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  2. Lovely cards Marcia. I really like fallish one with the inked background.

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  3. Awesome TREE cards, Marcia! so clever! Have a beautiful Day!

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  4. Both of your cards are fantastic, Marcia! I LOVE that bubble wrap background - it makes snow look like a fun thing! Your masked ink blending is a vibrant show stopper, and thanks for the tip about black ink on Oxides. Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

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  5. Lovely as a tree is a classic for sure! I love both ways you've used it, Marcia! What a fun Christmas card and the fall colors are warm and lovely!

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  6. Defiantly a SU classic. I love the bubble wrap background, it's a great mix of classic and artsy. Amazing blending on the autumn sky :)

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  7. Wow, amazing blend of the DOX inks, Marcia! You created gorgeous fall sky. And thanks for sharing the tips about black ink with DOX!
    The second card is so interesting and fun with Bubble Wrap stamping! It IS a happy winter card! Love both cards! Hideko xx

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  8. Both cards are fabulous with such wonderful backgrounds! I've never done the bubble wrap technique but I do love the look of it. The fall sky is amazing and perfectly blended!!

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  9. Oh, WOW, would you look at that! I have to start with your Christmas card with the bubble wrap background, Marcia! That was such a fun technique and I adore your use of it here. I mean, obviously Mother Nature is having a grand time making this year's snow with a paint gun, but why not, right?! This is next level outside the box thinking and I'm applauding you for that!

    I love your beautiful birthday card, too. Thank you so much for the excellent tip about clear embossing the black ink over Oxies! Your blending is stunning!

    BTW, this was the very first stamp I ever bought and I still have it and love it, too! It's truly a classic!! Thank you so much for the smiles and for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #6! Hugs, Darnell

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  10. MY favorite trees for SURE!! I especially love the clean look of the birthday card. Stunning!

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  11. Yep, I saw snow straight away on your winter card, Marcia ... how fun are those colourful bubbles against the tree'd landscape! Your blending is flawless on your birthday card ... such rich saturated colour behind those crisp black outlines ... beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

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  12. Marvellous blending on the first stunning card. The second card is creative and fun....love the bubble wrap technique and yes a fun and contemporary way to use as snow x

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  13. This is my favourite SU! stamp that I have used over and over again. A classic! Great work with your cards Marcia. LOVE the beautiful fall colours of your first cards. Great idea to mask ... and your blended colours are done PERFECTLY! Your second card is just plain fun! Love the blue and green design from the bubble wrap. Awesome! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

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  14. This SU stamp is a well loved stamp for many! I don't own it, but always wish I did. lol I love how your cards came out especially the winter with bubble wrap stamping! That looks so fun and makes for a frosty look on this winter card. I love the sky in your other card, such a beautiful sunset look. A lovely birthday card. Hugs, Brenda

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