Thursday, September 11, 2008

Forest Of Trees Tutorial .... and CANDY!!

Hi all! It's day two of the fabulous release from Flourishes. THIS set was just released last night. It's called Forest of Trees and I wanted to share a technique I just learned to give this tree the look of fall! A friend, Sheila Barthel, who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator here in little 'ole Billings, Montana showed it to me recently and I'd never seen it before!

Oh well.... let's get started! :-)

1. Start by cutting out a circle image with your Nesties and leave the die on your shape! Stamp your tree using a very light brown shade.
2. Using chalks, apply colors randomly on the branches and at the base to give the tree an autumnal feel! Don't worry if it looks ugly--- it's supposed to right now!
3. Using your Nesties die as a mask, sponge on 2 different shades of Distress ink or an ink in a light and deeper tan. I used Antique Linen and Tea Dye. Take off your Nestie and see the "frame" it created!
4. Now, because Flourishes' sets are clear, you can see your stamped image through the clear stamp. Using a dark brown ink (I used Versafine Sepia), line up your stamp and stamp directly over the tree that you stamped in a light brown. What does this do? It defines your tree and helps the chalked part to peek through without dominating the image! Too cool!
And, here's a look at my finished card!
I got a lot of comments/emails from folks saying they LOVED the new Birds And Vine set from Flourishes. Here's a look at the set again....

Well, how would you like to win the set? In honor of Sharon Johnson's one year Blogoversary - the fabulous Flourishes have donated the set for one lucky winner here! I am also going to throw in some beautiful May Arts ribbon and a Basic Grey paper pack too! All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about fall! And click HERE to find out all the other fun giveaways going on for Sharon's 1 year blogoversary! There are 15 different candy giveaways all this week and you can enter for each and every one!

Want to see some of the other fabulous creations from the Flourishes DT?

AND DON'T FORGET! If you haven't voted in the JustRite Stampin' Champion Contest --- I would LOVE your vote! Voting continues through Friday!! Click HERE to vote!!! Thanks a ton folks!! :-)
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