Thursday, January 13, 2011

OLW36 - Bare trees

This week's OLW36 Challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  Our challenge was to use a bare tree, or bare vegetation of some kind which means no leaves, no needles, no buds, no flowers. We could use as many images/sentiments/colours as we wanted to, but needed to use one plant image that is “bare”.  Well, I hope this counts as one image....after all the trees were all on one stamp.  Does that count?
I had trouble getting a decent photo of the card since it's so cold and overcast here I took the photo inside and I couldn't get the white to look white!  I tore a mask for the ground and punched a circle for the moon.  Then I used my Copics air gun (YAY me!!! I finally used it!!) to spray the sky.  After spraying the sky, I inked up the tree stamp and stamped it so that the trees would appear to be behind the hill of snow.  Then I removed the lower mask used for the ground.  Some of the trees appeared to be floating in the air, so I just colored in the bottom of the trees to meet the ground with a marker that matched the ink color.  I added the fence with a stamp from Stampscapes.  I had to stamp it three times to get it across the card.  Then I added a little Copics light gray shadows for the trees and fence. I'm still working on getting the shadows right.  But practice makes perfect...right?  The sentiment stamp is from PaperTrey Ink.

I thought I'd also post another layout I just finished the other day, too.  This is photos of my granddaughter, Helen Grace.  Whenever she comes over to the house, and I'm in my office/scrap room, she always wants to join me and "make a card".  Her favorite color is pink and she always grabs a pink marker to get started.  On this particular day (December 31, 2010), we decided that I'd help her make bookmarks for her Mama and Daddy.  I showed her (and helped her) stamp a few leaf images on a bookmark size cardstock (in green - not pink!) and then she wanted to write on the back of the bookmarks.  Now, bear in mind, she just turned 5 in November 2010.  She worked so hard and wrote on the back of each bookmark "to Mama Love Helen Grace and to Daddy love Helen Grace."  It took her a while, but she got it done. 

For this layout, I used some older stuff from my stash.  I have no idea who makes the patterned paper but it worked well for this layout.  The pencil border was cut from another piece of paper and layered on red.  I added a little doodling in white, a scalloped border to ground the pencils, a few brads, and some journaling.  For the title work, I used plain chipboard alphas and colored them with Copic markers then coated them with glossy accents. A quick and simple layout...but I like the end result.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time....


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The Scrappy Cottage said...

Nice job on coloring in the tree trunks. I love stampscapes stamp. I did not know Copics had an air gun. Wow there is so many wonderful details on this card. How much fun to show those granddaughters how to craft. Very cute layout.........

Jennifer Styles said...

Of course it counts :)

This is such a pretty and peaceful card - I love it!

Great job on the challenge and thanks for playing along with OLW36!

Oh and I totally hear you about lighting conditions - so much easier in the summer!

Bonnie said...

Susan, this is frame worthy! I love that fence and your trees behind the snowy hill! My card is going to look really boring next to this. That isif I ever get it loaded in there. Great job.

Bonnie said...

By the way, I love the scrapbook page too. How fun to stamp with her and how sweet of her to want to make something for her mommy & daddy. Love the pencils on there.

Debgem said...

This is just a beautiful scene, it's so realistic with the shadows (and I think you've got it sorted!). So peaceful.

And the scrapbook page is fab!!! I love everything about it - the pencils work really well.

Doris said...

Love this sunny card. Nice to see some grass for a change--we're snow covered here!

Anonymous said...

Such a peaceful landscape card, Susan. Love all the detail. Beautifully done!
Amelia x

Kati said...

I'm sure it counts. Great card your made. I love the way you made the hills behind the fence.

Chrissie said...

Great card Susan!
Thanks for your interest in our new challenge
”Less is More”, we'll look forward to seeing you there!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love your card and layout!


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