Last week was our 26th wedding anniversary! When I think back on the day we were married, it was a crisp Fall day in Yosemite National Park. The scenery was gorgeous, and it was especially beautiful because of the Fall colors.
For my husband’s card this year, I decided to re-create that memory using the Sheltering Tree stamp set. This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets. I used it for one of my Stamps In the Mail classes, where I designed 12 different cards using that same stamp set. And even after all those designs, I still have more ideas. It’s really that versatile.
One of my favorite things about this stamp set is the brush stroke stamp used in the background. You might initially overlook this stamp, but I quickly discovered that it was super fun to use. By stamping it both right side up and upside down, I can get different looks. In addition, I can variegate the color by stamping off once or twice before stamping. I created the grassy area and the sky using that one stamp! I love how the results look pained with a dry brush.
Another one of my favorite things to do with this stamp set is to use embossing powder for the leaf stamp over the tree. By doing so, the leaves become opaque giving it a 3-D look and impressionistic style. For this particular card, I stamped the leaves with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and then Copper embossing. The copper embossing goes so well with the Fall colors I was trying to re-create.
Because I used copper embossing, I thought it would look even better to add some Copper Foil. Therefore, I added some simple leaf shapes using the Flourish Thinlits dies. I love how the Fall colors give this card a rustic and masculine look.
Supplies used on my card: