Snowy Trees

By | October 29, 2015

My 25th wedding anniversary is coming up, so I’m been wanting to make a really special card for my husband.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do, and then I was inspired by a card made by demonstrator, Michelle Zindorf.  (She is so amazingly artistic!)  I love looking at her cards.

My husband and I got married in Yosemite Valley on November 3, 1990.  That was the year that Yosemite celebrated its centennial anniversary of becoming a national park.  While there wasn’t any snow around at the time, my husband and I have always loved cross-country skiing, and one our favorite places to go is Yosemite.

This card reminds me of the beautiful scenes we’ve seen during our ski adventures.  I have a feeling that my husband will love it.

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To create my card, I used two different stamp sets – Wonderland (from the Holiday Catalog) and White Christmas.

I used a masking technique to create the snow banks and to block out sections of the stamps that I didn’t want to show.  To create the snowbanks, I created masks by ripping three strips of cardstock in the general shapes.  Then, I secured the masks on top of my background with some old washi tape.  Afterwards, I sponged over the masks to achieve the shading.  I removed each mask and added more shading to each layer.

Additionally, after removing the first mask, I stamped the bare trees from White Christmas, and after removing the second mask, I stamped the Wonderland trees, both with Basic Gray Archival ink.  Finally, I flipped over the card and stamped the mirrored images in the lake.  I really didn’t do anything fancy here.  If you look carefully, it’s not exact mirror images.  I simply stamped the stamps upside down and your eye sort of fills in the image.

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When I was done stamping the trees, I used a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to add snow.  This helps the trees stand out, because none of the blue from the sky is showing through the solid trunks or branches.

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On the inside of the card, I used the hostess set, Antique Tags for a greeting.  You can find this in the Holiday Catalog.  I simply covered up the “New Year” with “Anniversary” to customize the greeting.  I thought this stamp was particularly apropos, because our wedding invitation had an antique photo on the front with an old fashion wedding scene.

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I even stamped the envelope with some images from White Christmas and Layered Letters.  I used a Blender Pen for all the coloring on the inside of the card and the envelope.

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I think the Expressions Natural Element greeting really adds to the rustic theme of the card.

This is definitely one of my favorite cards.

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Supplies used on my project:

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Give masking a try!!!  Play around and see what you can create.

Tami Hewlett

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