Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lovely As A Tree

Hello, Crafters.

It's no wonder that the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set is the longest-serving stamp set in Stampin' Up! range of crafting products. 

The versatility that comes with this stamp set is just amazing!

I was playing with it again yesterday, and came up with today's card, which could have been darker, but I'm still pleased with it!

The main black tree at the forefront of the card has been fussy cut, which I think has added a lot of depth to this card.
I think this can still be seen through to the photographs.

I started my card with a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) card base, with a layer of Tranquil Tide CS, and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

I took a piece of thin - 80gsm - computer paper the same size as my top layer, and cut an oblong out of the centre. 

To do this, I used my trimmer and allowed a 7/8" margin all round. 

I used temporary adhesive to attach this mask to my top layer of cardstock.

I cut another piece of computer paper to make a hill, and placed the top piece where I wanted my hill to end.

Using a Dauber with Tranquil Tide Ink, I sponged the area, leaving a lighter area in the centre which looks like the moon shining on to it. 

I'd like to say I'd planned this, but it was a fluke! LOL! 

When I was happy with the depth of the colour, I removed the mask, and took the  other half of my hill mask, and placed it over the hill so I could sponge the sky. 

Before I started, I took a 3" x 3" square Post It Note and sandwiched it in between a piece of folded computer paper, with the sticky edge against the fold. 

Using my 1" Circle Punch, I punched out a moon.

I do it this way because I get a much better result when punching Post It Notes. 

I placed the moon where I wanted it to be, and using another Dauber with Soft Sky Ink, I sponged the remaining visible Whisper White CS area. 

I removed the moon, and stamped the Father Christmas, plus the reindeer, flying through the sky. 

The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home Stamp Set, and was inked in Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Then I took the long stamp with five trees on it from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set, and inked it in Tranquil Tide Ink. 

I stamped the image once, moved it over slightly and stamped again without re-inking.

Finally, I stamped the single fir tree onto a piece of Whisper White CS, and, after giving it a few minutes to dry, I fussy cut it.

I assembled the front of my card, and added the sentiment, which is from Iconic Christmas Stamp Set.

Although I don't think it shows in the photographs, I finished the main tree with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen.

For the inside of the card I took a layer of Tranquil Tide CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

Before I adhered these into the card, I stamped the top two thirds of the main tree in the bottom right hand corner of the Whisper White layer using Basic Black Archival Ink.

As I said at the beginning, this card could have been a bit darker, but my imagination sees this as morning is breaking, and Father Christmas is returning home. 

I think maybe I should add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the trees to make them look frosty!

I remember when I was very young, about 6 or 7 years old, one of my very first school reports read "........has a very vivid imagination"!

Not much has changed! LOL!
That's it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Fabulous Jan! Love it! Colours are just perfect and it's not too light at all ... just a beautifully crafted card all around! (You're so right about this stamp set! It's the best!) TFS!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. That's good to know, many thanks. I hope they never decide to pull it! Can you imagine the uproar! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. Gorgeous card Jan, very elegant

    1. Hi, Kayes. Many thanks, I'm pleased you like today's project. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. This card is stunning. Love the color choices and placement of goodies. Super!!

    1. Hi, Marlene. Many thanks for your kind words. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. Lovely as always. You are so right, Lovely As a Tree is the greatest all time stamp set. Just love how this card came together. Have a Joyful day. Seletta

    1. Hi, Seletta. I'm so pleased you like this project! I think this stamp set does the work! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.