Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tree of Gratitude

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for stopping in today. I made a card today that uses a new stamp set I received recently. I also used a die set that (Memory Box) I have had for a while. I just love these dies but I just wasn't sure how to use this set together.

There are 2 dies that make up this tree, one die is the  tree trunk/limbs and the other die is leaves and both work in conjunction with each other. I had looked at both dies for a few months and finally decided to get them when someone said Barb, you know you will have to place all the leaves by hand on the tree trunk/branches. Well I almost changed my mind but then I got a thought about how to use the leaves die in a different manner. So I decided to go for it.
                         Twiggy Tree
                          Leaf Canopy

I cut the leaves, and used the negative space instead of using those itty bitty leaves. Then I glued the trunk/branches on to the leaf canopy, fussy cut around the tree leaves, added  two sided tape to the back of the tree leaves and added glitter to the leaf openings. Well I loved the tree and how it came out, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the tree.So it sat for a while on my table,....... waiting.

Unity has a new monthly subscription set that I subscribe to, called Layers of Life (LOL) . The Tree of Gratitude set is one of the LOL stamp sets and it works perfect with my tree. Check it out.

Here is the Layers Of Life stamp set I used. And the images are a great compliment to my die cut tree.

To make the background panel:
I used DP as the panel on the card front and stamped the tree image directly on to it. I used the single leaf image with the typed words in the background and stamped it a few times onto the DP and sponged color in the leaf design. Next, using a Tim Holtz  Burlap layering stencil, I sponged more color and design which adds more visual interest. Last, I used a torn scrap of paper from a book page added ink to the edges and layered that on the DP. Now I had the background ready for my tree.

I used the sentiment from the stamp set but wanted it to appear differently than the way it was designed, so, I stamped it out on white CS and used a hand punch to punch the individual letters. I wanted the word to be vertical, instead of horizontal and lastly I glued those letters onto the panel.

Since my tree canopy was made with white CS, I sponged some red, orange and green inks into the canopy to soften it.

I attached the tree with dimensional foam over the DP panel.

Products used:
Burlap Layering Stencil - Tim Holtz (THS007)
Tree of Gratitude - Unity Stamps (Layers of Life)
Memory Box dies - Twiggy Tree 98143, Leaf Canopy 98142
Hand Punch
Inks - Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twig  Fresco Inks Cortez Sun, Bastille Brick, Golden Parchment
Sponge Dauber
CS/paper - Designer Paper (DP), White CS, Terra Cotta CS, Brown CS
Dimensional Foam
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
Two Sided Tape

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon,


Vicki said...

Beautiful card! I love this Twiggy Tree die-cut. It is part of my collection too!

Donna Maligno said...

Great looking card, Barb. That stamp set is really super, too! Good luck in the challenges.

Eret said...

Wonderful card, Barbara. Love the way you've used those lovely dies. This stamp set truly is perfect with them. Have a fabulous end of this year.
Hugs, Eret

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a fabulous card, Barb. Love how you combined the set and the dies together - amazing result! Happy New Year!

Anne Temple said...

Beautiful card. I have those dies and always find a hard time using them, but you did a great job.

Brenda Frame said...

I love this card, Barbara! I really like Memory Box dies too! Hugs

Lena's Creations said...

Lovely card. Great idea using the negative of the itty-bitty leaves - I'll have to remember that :-)
Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
Lena – DT Member
Lena’s Creations

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Beautiful card, love how you used the dies!
thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
Rachelle DT

Jayne A said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at SFTW.

Sheena Brooks said...

I think you definitely made the right move to use the negative of the leaves! Thanks for joining us this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge! Sheena B.