April 23, 2008

Stripes, Stripes and more Stripes!

I had so much fun making this card today, I started just fooling around with the tree image and somehow ended up with this! Here's what I did:
  • Stamp the image from Lovely as a Tree on Very Vanilla card stock with Stazon ink.
  • I coloured the branches with a drop of Certainly Celery reinker and a blender pen. Just drip the reinker onto the inside lid of your inkpad, it makes a great palette and you get such a vibrant colour using them this way!
  • The tree trunk was coloured using my Chocolate Chip ink pad. See my previous post on Watercolouring with SU! inkpads if you want to learn how to do this.
  • I cut the corners of the image and the Certainly Celery piece it is layered on by partially punching with my 1/2" Circle Punch. Layered this onto Chocolate Chip and added Silver Brads.
  • Then I decided I wanted some striped background paper, so I made my own! I used a metal ruler and my Stampin' Write markers in Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip. I kept the lines varying widths. The effect is fantastic, it looks like a printed paper.
  • I tied Wide Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon around this layer before adhering to a Chocolate Chip card base. If you haven't tried the Wide Grosgrain yet, you're missing out! It's a dream to work with.
  • The sentiment was created by inking the saying from So Many Sayings (this is a level one hostess set - and it is so useful!) with my markers, stamping onto Very Vanilla and punching out using the Word Window punch. I then cut a 1" circle out of Celery and the Designer Label punch out of Chocolate Chip. Layered these together and added two silver brads.

I love my Stampin' Write markers - I'm always finding a new use for them. Here's a tip - if you stamp an image and a small part doesn't transfer well to your card stock, use the same colour marker to fill in the missing part. The writing tip of these markers is perfect for touch-ups!

Have a wonderful evening,

Stampin' Supplies:
Lovely as a Tree and So Many Sayings stamp sets.
Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla and Certainly Celery card stock.
Stazon ink. Certainly Celery reinker and Chocolate Chip ink pad for colouring.
Wide Grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip.
Silver Brads.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
3/16" Handheld punch.
Designer Label, 1" Circle and Word Window punches.
SNAIL adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up!


  1. Sarah - WOW - this is so gorgeous!!! Everything blends just perfectly!!! I love it!!!

  2. Here I was trying to work out which DSP that was and why it wasn't in my catalogue!! Too clever!

  3. FAB-U-LOUS! You did a terrific job on the stripes! I cannot imagine trying that. The card came together very well. I may try the stripes with the markers but I don't think mine will come out looking like this!

  4. Oh my goodness you made that paper!? I love it! You did such a great job I really thought it was store bought!


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