Blast from the Past – Lovely as a Tree

Can you believe that Lovely as a Tree is STILL going strong?  It’s been so long since that rubber has had ink on it … admit it, it’s been a long time for you too right?

I decided it would be perfect for this weeks team Blog Hop with The Artful Stampers.  Plus I have my hands on a brand new product.  Well part of a brand new product that I wanted to try out.  We are getting Watercolour Pencils!!  *thud*  I know right!  And they are in Stampin’ Up! colours.  I have 3 of them from OnStage.  Early Espresso, Old Olive and Calypso Coral.  I thought the first two would be perfect to try out with Lovely as a Tree.

First things first.  This week is a Sketch Challenge:

sketch-111Now we can get onto the card, and more importantly the pencils *whoop whoop*

I stamped the Tree onto Watercolour Paper with Black Stazon Ink.  Colouring was really easy.  For the trunk I just coloured Early Espresso on both sides of the image.  Using an Aquapainter, I simply drew the colour out and into the centre.  The leaves were just as easy.  I scribbled some Old Olive into the darker areas of the tree, then pulled it out with the Aquapainter.  The great thing with the pencils, is that if you walk away for a moment, you can still continue colouring.  Unlike colouring with inks and markers.

Lovely as a Tree

I actually had to do the tree twice.  The first one had a little accident with the Stitched Shapes Framelit *rolls eyes* so instead of binning it, I used it to add a little dimension to the card.  I cut it out and stuck it on top of the second tree.

The card base is Early Espresso stamped with Hardwood, and heavily sponged around the edges.  I haven’t sponged for some time, but you really need to when using Hardwood and dark, rich colours.   I wanted the sentiment to not take such a focal point, so it’s been stamped in black at the bottom of the card.

Behind the Tree I’ve popped some Burlap Ribbon, and some threads pulled off the Burlap Ribbon, looped behind the Tree.

Lovely as a Tree

Love a good Man Card!

Next on our Blog Hop is Annette

I wonder how she interprets the sketch!


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