Yesterday I met a fellow stamper from a group I am in for demos. Maria and I have been chatting about various things about our business and stamping for some time. She lives in Guam but has family here in Maryland. She came in for a month to visit them and she managed to get some time today to meet me for lunch. We had a great time talking business and stamping as well as sharing ideas. Here are the 2 of us at Cheesecake Factory. I am so glad she was able to take some time to meet me.
The Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week is an Inspiration challenge.
When I looked at the picture I saw watercolor right away. I decided to see if I had a stamp I could use to do the faux watercolor technique. There is a pine tree in Lovely As a Tree that I wanted to try. I stamped the tree using Garden Green on watercolor paper. I then used my aqua painter to add water to all the branches. When it was dry I used my Early Espresso marker and the writing end to add the trunk lines back in. I also used it for ground. I then used the dot from the Fresh Fruit stamp set to add some Christmas balls.
After I had my main panel completed I went looking for a sketch I could use to finish up my card. I found the perfect one at Sunday Stamps.
I took the main image and added it to a piece of Early Espresso card stock. To make the middle panel I used some of the This Christmas dsp and mounted it onto some Real Red card stock. This was added to a Whisper White card base. Dimensionals were added to the tree layer and then it was added to my card. To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and stamped it in Real Red. A layer of Real Red card stock was added and then it was added to my card. Here is my completed card.
inside of card and envelope
Stampin' Up supplies used to create my card
Thanks for visiting me today. I have a Christmas card class this afternoon and then I want to play a little. Have a Terrific Tuesday and give the Watercolor Trees faux watercoloring technique a try!