A TREE-Tastic Step by Step

Hey there crafty guys and gals, thanks for stopping by! Today I wanted to share with you the step by step of how I made a new home card for a friend to give to her friend who moved up North. I got to use a set of dies I haven’t used since I got them in a Simon Says Stamp goodie bag type thing. Let’s jump into it!

First things first, I needed one sole house. That led me to a cover gift I got in one of my Cardmaking and Papercraft magazines. In the large stamp set there was a medium sized bungalow type image but with the right colors it could be made to look like a cabin in the woods. I stamped the image onto Strathmore Colored Pencil paper using my Gina K Amalgam Ink. I stamped it three different times so I could pick the best one. I went with the second one. I colored the little house in using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and blending it out with my Derwent blending pencil. The stamp set did include a die for this image but the white area it would leave around it was a bit large so instead I took out my Cutter Bee scissors and fussy cut my little house out. I found that that was easier than using the die anyway.

Next I took what look like sketched tree dies from Simon Says Stamp and started die cutting them from green cardstock. I wound up using three different green pieces of cardstock from MFT and one from Simon Says Stamp. I cut four little trees and four big trees out of each color. I made sure to save the inside parts of the tree because I wanted to try my hand at paper piecing later on. I also cut a stitched hill for the house to sit on from the mid toned mossy green.

I took my MFT Cloud Stencil and my Speckled Egg Distress Ink Cube and created my background onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I blended the clouds using my Picket Fence blending brush. Then I glued down the hill and the house with my Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. Since I had accidentally colored over the doorknob, I took a small gold pearl from Studio Katia’s Gold Foil Pearls and attached it to where the doorknob was supposed to be with the Craft Tacky Glue.

Then I started the process of adding the tree outlines, the putting the pieces inside while mixing the colors up, and then doing that in three different layers. It took me awhile to complete but it was so worth it. I attached the card front to a top folding A2 white card base using my 1/2″ Scor Tape. I stamped a sentiment from an Altenew ‘New Home’ type stamp set right above the house using my Versafine Onyx Black ink.

This is the final product. No extra embellishments or anything because I really wanted all of the layering and die cutting to show through. When I started this card I was really unsure as to how it was going to turn out because it was such a big departure from what I usually do. Looking at it now, though, I’m so glad I tried something different! I hope my friend’s recipient will like it as much as I do.

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