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I know when you see the Trees 2 set, you may not recognize the tree top used on this design, but, it actually is part of the set.  I did something a little tricksy, that I learned from Lisa Spangler, of whom I am a ginormous fan! *mondo grin*


Lisa did a project where she flipped the detail side of the image over and mounted it to the acrylic block and proceeded to ink up the BACK side of the stamp!  Isn’t that genius?!

So, I figured I’d try it and I thought it was a super-cool and different look for this image!


I was also inspired to try an unusual landscaping idea I first spied in one of Suzy’s creations  (scroll down to the 2nd card)–I thought the effect was so different and full of texture!  I sponged the sky lightly when I finished that part, and then decided the tree would look cool if I added some Spica Clear Sparkle to the edges.

I really love this color combination; I don’t really gravitate to earth tones that much, but, when I bring in some blue, that seems to make it easier for me to work with them.

These new Tree sets have really sparked a creative frenzy for me, and I’ll be sharing more ideas with them throughout the week.

Happy Monday!


Stamps:  Trees 2 Set by A Muse Artstamps
Note Card:  Chiffon Green 4 Bar Note Card by A Muse (scraps of French Roast, French Blue, Cabana Blue, Fern also by A Muse)
Ink:  Versamagic Tea Leaves, Brilliance Coffee Bean (Tsukineko), Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Ice Blue (Clearsnap)
Copic Markers:  Burnt Umber, Pale Sepia, Sepia, Cream, Spica Clear Twinkle Pen
Other:  Sponge Dauber

  1. All your tree cards have been wonderful! Gorgeous! and I’m crackin’ because I saw that card of Suzy’s and tried it right away -thought it looked awesome.

    I’m catching up a few days late – hugs to you and best of luck to Hayley. Wow!

  2. What an awesome card! Stamping the backside of the stamp is such a clever and unique technique and the background is wonderful (kudos to Suzy.) My favorite thing is your “ground!” Love it!

  3. This is SO cool Julie!! Thanks for this great idea!! I am just loving these tree sets!! :)

  4. Awesome-ness … that’s the only word for this!!

  5. Inking up the back of a stamp? That is tricksy. I do remember a Hero Arts YouTube video where they did that. That is cool. Thanks for sharing.

  6. GET OUT!!!! How cool is this!!!

  7. Loving all of your tree designs….just so beautiful and serene.

  8. Holy carp – I inspired the Queen of Inspiration??


    Thank you for mentioning me. I am so honored – you are my stampsperation. My rubber mentor. My …..you get the idea.

    I love your card, as usual :) I already have this set on the way!


  9. I love this card Julie! I am a ginormous fan of you AND Lisa! Thank you for so generously sharing your creativity. :-D


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