My little craft room is situated at the front of the house and when I look outside I can see a huge Horse Chestnut tree which is just beautiful whatever the weather or season.
I was sitting at my desk the other day as the sun was going down and I could see all these glorious colours in between the branches and the surrounding trees and it totally inspired me to make this card for my Visible Image DT inspiration this week.
I hadn’t actually aimed for it to come out quite so atmospheric but I just love the spooky look to it… couldn’t be more different to the actual tree but the colours are the same.
I’ve used watercolour card as it captures everything I load onto it so well and I began by taping it down using a low tack tape.
The main colour comes from Distress Oxides and I’ve used Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles and Black Soot at the base of the card and Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade for the warmer hues. I added these using the sponge applicators before sprinkling PaperArtsy Infusions on in matching tones (In the Navy and A Bit Jaded for the darker areas and Golden Sands and Rusty Car over the warmer areas).
Once dry, I added some extra background texture by stamping the text from Scripted Streets in Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide) and the round circles from Shape It Up in the same Pine Needles ink pad I used on the background.
Next was to stamp the tree and I used a Versamark ink pad for this and heat embossed it using a clear gloss powder from Wow! Always good to remove any static from the card by swiping with an anti-static bag before stamping as this helps stop the powder sticking to other inky areas.
To add the first layer of trees, I’ve ripped some scrap paper and taped in place and used the same coloured ink pads to emphasise the landscape. With the scrap paper still in place, I’ve added the first set of trees in exactly the same way as the tree.
Once this step is completed, you do exactly the same for the last set of trees, adding the Posca pen again for highlights. Add the bird in the top left and then the text around the edge of the card to finish the front of the card.
I wanted to decorate inside the card too as it looks lovely on A-frame cards when you can see something peering through when it’s standing upright and so matted and layered card stock (to match the front of the card) leaving bright white card on top. Having then stamped one of the line of tree stamps on the bottom edge I finished the card by using the same bird motif in the top left in a gorgeous rich copper embossing powder (from Wow!)
Here’s the Visible Image products I used in today’s make…
As always, you can find daily inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the Visible Image Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the goings on like Create and Craft appearances! Find Visible Image on Instagram too!
That’s all for now but see you again soon… H x