Sunday, May 6, 2018

Creation Station: Trees and Textures

#stampinup   #creationstation   #creationstationbloghop   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm so excited about this month's theme because I'm going to share a brand new stamp set! I was honored to be chosen to be a display stamper at Stampin' Up's April OnStage event and I got a bunch of stuff to make the displays--including the gorgeous "Rooted in Nature" stamp set! Afterwards, those who attended OnStage were able to purchase products before anyone else and I got the matching Nature's Roots Framelits Dies. Once the new catalog goes live on June 1st, you'll be able to purchase this stamp set AND the framelits in a bundle. Let's take a look at what I've created! (I'll have plenty more samples with this stamp set closer to the June catalog launch date--so keep checking back.)

Here's the card. I also used one of my favorite returning stamp sets--"Timeless Textures"--as well as some new ribbon.

Let me tell you about the background and then I'll give you a trick for getting Tranquil Tide foliage and Early Espresso branches.  

I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock and I used my Stamparatus tool to stamp the wood image from the "Timeless Textures" set in Versamark.  First, I placed the Crumb Cake Card Stock in my Stamparatus, inked up the stamp, and closed the lid and stamped, like this:

Next, I stepped the Stamparatus lid down one notch, inked up the stamp and stamped. I repeated this all the way down one side of the card stock.

I quickly added Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set these images with my Heat Tool.  I rotated the card stock 180 degrees and repeated the process down the other side of the card stock. When I finished, I adhered this piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Early Espresso mat.

Next, I stamped my tree--and I used the Stamparatus again.  When I first got this stamp set, I kept trying to ink it up and use a baby wipe to omit the places where the tree's branches are, but that didn't work. at. all.  Then I tried the Stamparatus and that was a genius, albeit accidental, move!  I inked the top of the tree in Tranquil Tide Ink, used a baby wipe to omit the trunk, and then closed the Stamparatus to stamp onto a Whisper White scrap.

Next, I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to color in the branches and the tree trunk, like this:

Because the strong magnets hold the card stock in the same place, you can use the Stamparatus to stamp the image over and over. I actually stamped the Early Espresso portions three times to get good coverage. After I finished, I cut out the tree with the matching Nature's Roots Framelit.

I added some Tranquil Tide Ruffled Ribbon to the embossed Crumb Cake piece and then adhered everything to a Tranquil Tide Card Stock Card Base.

I stamped one of the sentiments from the "Rooted in Nature" set in Early Espresso Ink onto a 1" strip of Whisper White and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I adhered the sentiment directly to the card and used a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the tree to the card.

Here's a close up so you can see the clear embossing on the texture in the background.

Oh! I wanted to say that when I got the "Rooted in Nature" set I was sure that our much beloved "Lovely as a Tree" was going to retire. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's still in the upcoming catalog!!

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  1. Oh this is such a cool use of the stamp set and the Stamparatus! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing great ideas with us all. Smiles, Elizabeth

  2. Love the stamped background! Great way to make your own pp!

  3. Oooo the detail in that tree is fabulous. Loving your background too. Some great tips here. TFS xx

  4. Dear Kathy,
    i really like the embossed background, thanks for your tips!
    Kind regards, Kerstin

  5. Great card Kathy! I still don't own this set, but can't wait to start playing with it! Tfs your tip!