One of the things I really noticed when I returned home from my vacation was how much our property had changed in the space of 3 weeks. The trees that were virtually bare are now completely covered in leaves and there’s so much more wildlife around. I never tire of seeing how the landscape changes with each season, although right now a little more warmth wouldn’t hurt, it is mid-June after all.
When I first saw the new Rooted in Nature Stamp Set I must admit that it didn’t excite me and I had no plans to buy it. In hindsight I suppose that I was fixated on the large wood slice image and couldn’t see when I’d ever want to use that. Of course I quickly realised that the stamp set is so much more that that one image, and having purchased the set it’s now one of my favourite bundles. Having been away from my craft studio for so long I couldn’t help but bring it out to create another project for you today.
This project all began with that amazing tree image from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set that reminds me of a White Pine. I mounted the stamp onto my Stamparatus stamp positioning platform and using Sponge Daubers inked up the foliage of the tree with Old Olive ink and the trunk with Soft Suede ink. I stamped the image onto some Thick Very Vanilla Card and then leaving the card in place added some Mossy Meadow ink to the centre part of the tree stamp using a Sponge Dauber, then stamped it again. This gave me a really lovely light and dark effect on the foliage.
I cleaned off the stamp with my new Simply Shammy and with the stamped image still held in place on the Stamparatus I wiped it with an Embossing Buddy. This time I used a Sponge Dauber to add a little VersaMark Ink to the edges of the tree stamp and stamped that onto my image. I sprinkled the sticky VersaMark Ink with some Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess, then melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
The sentiment came next. I took two pieces of Thick Very Vanilla Card and glued them together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), then I wiped the surface with the Embossing Buddy. Using VersaMark Ink I stamped the ‘You are wonderful’ sentiment from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and then sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I tapped off the excess powder and removed a few stray specks before melting the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Looking through my stock of Designer Series Paper (DSP) I found a a wood effect design in the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper Pack. Using my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I cut it out with the #4 circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (counting from the smallest up). While I was there I also cut out the stamped and embossed tree image using the coordinating die from the Nature’s Roots Framelits.
As I was thinking about the placement of my prepared pieces I decided that I liked the asymetrical look of the die-cut tree and wanted to reflect that in my sentiment, so I took my Paper Snips and cut it out.
I was ready to start putting my card together so I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Soft Suede Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened it with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the die-cut circle to a layer of Very Vanilla Card and added the die-cut tree on top. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to fix the sentiment, followed by a few copper sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment attached with Mini Glue Dots. With everything done I attached the completed layer to the front of the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To complete the project I took another layer of Very Vanilla Card and a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope and using the same colour layering process as before, stamped the tree image coming in from the left side. The Very Vanilla layer was fixed to the inside of the card base and I was done.
I really like the earthy colour combination on this card while the copper embossing and sequins stop it from seeming dull. Although I hadn’t set out to create a masculine card, I think this could quite easily fit the bill. What do you think?
I purchased the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies using a single bundle item number and in doing so saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. You’ll see that I’ve included links to both bundles (one with wood-mount red rubber stamps and one with clear-mount red rubber stamps), as well as the individual items.
I’m so excited about the Rooted in Nature stamp set and dies bundle that if you order it from me before the end of July 2018 I’ll personally send you a 6″ x 6″ sample pack of the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. Just make sure that if you order the bundle via my online store that you allow Stampin’ Up! to share your contact details with me so I’ll know where to send your gift.