Sheltering Tree… Upside Down!

Hello, Peeps!

Can you see…the Sheltering Tree?

Today’s card features the Sheltering Tree stamp used UPSIDE DOWN!

Sheltering Tree Upside DownWho says you have to look at things the same old way?

Not only is the tree upside down, but I’m slightly out of my comfort zone with the whole color thing here…but just a smidge.  I use a lot of Crumb Cake/Kraft in my projects, but Crisp Cantalope has been a challenge for me. So, for this project I decided to use one of my favorites (Kraft) and pick one other color (Crisp Cantalope) that I sometimes have a hard time fitting into my projects. A challenge to myself of sorts, to see if I could stick with it.        I did!  Yay, me!

After stamping the tree on some Very Vanilla card stock, use the Heart Framelits Collection and a Big Shot (I like to use the Magnetic Platform with it) to cut it out.  Position the top center of the Heart Framelit (where the curves of the heart meet) so the trunk of the tree is being trimmed off, but the branches of the tree still fit inside the heart shape. Use a Sponge Dauber on the end of your finger and lightly rub some Crisp Cantalope ink over the branches, set it aside to do some work on the background heart.

 

heart background from sheltering tree upside down card

The heart for the background uses the next size up framelit ( this would be #5, if you’re counting from the center out).  Cut out the #5 heart from some Very Vanilla card stock. Ink up the Dictionary Background stamp with some Basic Black and randomly stamp the entire heart.  You can stamp about 3-4 times before re-inking to get to some variation of ink, and try using only parts of the stamp rather than the entire thing at once, that way you can get a more layered look to your project.

Cut a piece of Crisp Cantalope card stock to measure 2 1/2″ x 5″.  Using a dauber, edge the piece with some Early Espresso ink, and do the same with both the heart shapes. Be sure to wrap the ribbon and the Linen Thread (making a bow) around the piece before you add it to the card base.

Make a card base that’s five inches wide by ten inches long and score/fold in half to get a five inch square card.  Place the rectangle of Crisp Cantlope about 1 1/4″ from the top of the fold, and layer the hearts, one on top of the other, using Stampiin’ Dimensionals to adhere them in place.  Punch out some butterflies (ink the large one with Early Espresso) and add them to the top of the heart with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Stamp the greeting of your choice at the bottom of the card, and add a few pearls to the butterfly and among the branches for a little bling.   Woot! You’re done!

Sometimes a small tweak here and there is all you need to change how you look at things!

Enjoy!

Karen

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Supplies you’ll need to make this card:

Card Stock: Kraft. Crisp Cantalope, Very Vanilla. Ink: Basic Black, Crisp Cantalope, Early Espresso.  Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Dictionary, A Dozen Thoughts.  Embellishments/Accessories: Linen Thread, 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Hearts Colllection Framelits.  Punches: Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly.  Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips.  Other: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Tape.

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