New week, new card! I actually made this card last weekend when I crafted at Kay's house. This is the card for my demonstrator's swap tonight. The theme this month is Anything Manly. For the men in my life, the tree is a great symbol. I have a family with a lot of strong, handsome men, and this card seemed so fitting. I just bought this stamp set, Lovely as a Tree, last month, and this is my first attempt at making a card with it. This stamp set has been around for years, and I have long admired the cards I have seen made with it, and had alot of ideas in my file for cards is wanted to case. I especially liked this card with the reflection technique. I checked out a couple of blogs, and watched a video showing how to do this technique, and there are several videos to choose from, and I have to admit I like the results.
I had a lot of practice, as I made about 25 cards, but I probably stamped 40. You see, when I was stamping I had prepared by measuring out the image, reflection, the height and width of the Framelit I was using, and proceeded to stamp 6 of them on each sheet of paper. When I went to cut them with the Framelits I discovered that I had done my stamping too close together, and I was only able to cut 4 from the 6 I stamped on each page. I had to go back and stamp some more, and I had already done the chalking on all of them!! I won't be doing that again! From now on I will remember the old carpenter's saying "Measure twice, cut once".
I stamped the background using a wood grain stamp. I stamped the tree, and then stamped it again on the plastic sheet that comes with a Stamp-ama-jig. That image was then flipped over on the paper as a reflection of the tree. Afterwards I used chalks to add a little color to the sky and water. I had not used chalks in years, and remembered now how much I love using them. It's a great alternative to watercoloring.
I hope the other demonstrators like this card, and will share these new techniques at some of their classes. I have to thank Patricia Thompson for the beautiful card which I cased from here.
Hope you like my version, too. This card will be included in our card buffet on May 20.