I recently entered the tree-themed Twofer challenge with these cards. Not long after making those and entering with them I received a recent Simon Says Stamp order, which just so happened to include the (I think retired? Can’t find them in their shop…) Trees and Trunks die set as a free gift. Of course I knew I had to use them for another entry to the Twofer challenge, especially when I mentioned to husband that it would be fun to come up with an alternative way to use them, and he suggested making a bird. So that’s exactly what I did!
Card 1 – Thinking Trees
For my first card I started by using the trees in a more traditional manner. I first took some watercolour paper and using my Gansai Tambi watercolours I painted a large area of green and a slightly smaller area of brown. I used several different shades of green, letting them blend in interesting ways. I used a lot of water, so I had a piece of kitchen paper handy to mop it up as necessary. I then dried it with my heat gun before adding splatters using each of the greens that I had used. I repeated the process with browns to create the trunk portions.
Once all my painting was done I arranged each of the dies onto the painted panel and ran them through my Big Shot. I then played around arranging the trunks and trees with each other until I found a combination I was happy with. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere each trunk to its tree top. I then did some more arranging, working out how I wanted them on the card base. I used some more Mono Multi Glue to adhere my three background trees flush to the card base. I then added a layer of foam tape to the smaller triangular tree to give it some dimension. Finally I added my largest tree with two layers of foam tape to pop it up even more so that it would appear to be in the foreground.
Next I worked on my sentiment panel. I decided to use a piece of vellum so that it wouldn’t detract too much from the trees. I also decided I wanted the words to be in green. As I don’t have very many embossing powder colours I chose to stamp with Altenew Evergreen Dye Ink. I then stamped over it with my embossing ink and added clear embossing powder before heat setting. The ink coverage is not perfect as it beads a bit on the smooth surface of the vellum, so a coloured embossing powder would definitely be a better choice if you have a suitable one available. The sentiment I used is from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Day stamp set. I attached the vellum to the card by carefully peeling up the trunk of my foreground tree and attaching the vellum to the foam tape, so that it is extending from the tree. I carefully cut off the overhang from the left hand side of the tree, and that completed my first card.
Card 2 – Hey Chickie
I wanted to go with something a bit more unusual for my second card, and as I said in my introduction my husband suggested making a bird with the parts. I grabbed some suitably coloured paper snippets and ran them through my Big Shot with the dies. I used yellow for the forked tree trunks and the smallest triangle tree top, then brown for the three circle/oval tree parts. I then worked out how best to arrange them to give the look of a bird. Once I was happy I used my Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere them all together. I also grabbed a tiny white circle that just happened to be still on my desk, leftover from the flowers I die cut on a recent card, and used that to be the bird’s eye.
With the bird made I just had to work out what to do for the rest of the card. That took me a little while because the only plan I’d had when starting this card was “make a bird”. I ended up taken the ribbon border stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Choose Joy stamp set and stamping that towards the bottom of my card base with Altenew Mountain Mist dye ink. I then took a sentiment from Paper Smooches’ Chubby Chums, lined it up with my border and stamped it with Altenew Volcano Lake dye ink, which is just a step darker than the Mountain Mist. Finally I adhered my bird into place with my Liquid Glue.
These cards were both a lot of fun to make. I had a great time doing the watercolouring for the first card, and getting messy! I love how the trees turned out and I think it’s a really pretty card. And of course I really like the bird on the second card. It’s really nice to be able to stretch products and find different uses for them. I’ll have to experiment to see what else I can come up with using these dies, and others that I have in my stash. Have you ever tried stretching dies like this? I’d love to know what you made.
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