I have chosen to use the Design a Tree stamp sets, as we have been using those recently to create samples for one of Lesley's television shows on the Craft Channel, and they were still out on my craft desk.
I created a background on a smooth white card blank, using green and blue Distress Inks. I masked off the edges first, using low tack masking tape, and took away some of the stickiness, by pressing the tape against my clothing. I used brushes to apply the ink, and blended the inks together where they met in the middle of the card. I used a stencil across the top of the background, and applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through the stencil. The stencil was slightly smaller than my card, and so I just moved it along at the edges, using the co-ordinating Distress Marker to add extra detail through the stencil where necessary.
I stamped the central, larger tree using Vesafine Onyx Black Ink, and added the smaller tree either side, using Versafine Smoky Gray Ink, taking care to offset them a bit. I picked up a bit of Pumice Stone Distress Ink with a painbrush and dry brushed it under each tree to add some shading. I chose several shades of lilac and purple ink to stamp the foliage of the trees, starting with the lightest first, and using second generation stamping for the trees at the back of the picture, to help create the feeling of distance for those trees at all times. I added another foliage stamp at the base of the picture, to resemble flowers on the ground, adding in some green stamping as well, which looks like grass, again, fading to second generation stamping the higher up the background I went, to indicate a move further back in the woodland. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Words of Inspiration stamp set. I have cut this stamp in half, giving me the option of having it as a long stamp, or as I have stamped it on this card.
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