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O'Tannenbaum . . .


Seriously, I never get tired of trees.  They're all around us, and let's face it:  They are one of nature's greatest gifts. I also love them because they give me a reason to use my favorite shades of green.  

This pretty Christmas Paper Tape by 7 Gypsies was something I snapped up last year, but neglected to use.  It's like a textured masking tape–a little thicker than Washi Tape, and a subtle texture to it.  It also has a liner paper so you can tear off strips of it and have them at the ready without having to stick them down right away.  Cool stuff!


Anyhoo, I just knew it would compliment this elegant Merry Christmas Trees set by Hero Arts beautifully–you'd almost think they were made with each other in mind! Aren't they just perfectly GAAAAW-JUS together?!  Eep!

I clear embossed the tree and star onto a piece of Neenah Natural White and then sponged Lettuce dye ink, and then Meadow dye ink over the top (resist method) to get the different tones of green and make the tree almost "glow".  By sponging the darker color around the outer edges, it draws the eye in towards the focal image.

This would be an awesome design for mass producing–minimal layers, but lots of color and punch to it with such an easy technique.

I used a sponge I had on hand, but I've been thinking about getting one of these, for sponging ink:  Ranger Ink Blending Tool

Do you have one?  What do you think? I want something that lays down water-based dye ink super, super smoothly, no splotches or lines.

Someone asked me about Neenah Natural White Card Stock and what my feeling was. Um, OK, here's what I feel:

LOL!  OK, seriously, Natural White is LOVERLY!  If you're looking for a hue that is not as buttery as cream, but not as stark as white, this is an EXCELLENT in-betweener! Very soft, subtle, sophisticated look!

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my Wednesday post about the video I did for Hero Arts! So much fun!

Have a fab weekend, my friends!



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Negative? I think not! ;)

So, when I die cut the butterflies in this project (Hero Arts Antique Flowers & Butterflies Stamp/Die Set), the negative sat on my desk for a few days . . . and then I decided this would be fun:


And, it was! *cheeky grin*

I tapped some Adirondack dye inks onto an acrylic block, and loaded up the brush of my water-brush with color, and then squeezed the handle a little to let water-droplets form on the end of the brush and drop down onto the paper here and there.  If they were really huge, I took a tissue and just touched a corner of it to "wick up" the excess water; otherwise, it would have taken forever to dry.  Then, I tapped the handle of the brush against my hand over top of the paper to get finer spatters. As the ink intensity fades, the droplets become lighter so it looks like I may have used more colors, but I actually only used Stream and Terra Cotta. Stamped the sentiment in black ink.

I trimmed out a piece of Kraft Core Card Stock that coordinated with the Stream ink, and sanded it to reveal the kraft core underneath and amp up the texture/pattern a little more and then 3D mounted it behind the butterflies.  Then I 3D mounted the entire panel to a Kraft card front.

I might have added more. I could have added more. But, I just *really* liked it as it was, and there was a considerable amount of monkey clapping going on, so I decided to let it ride.

Happy Mundane!



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Botanical Butterfly (Thanks)

I fell. Hard.  When my eyes first beheld this Hero Stamp & Die Combo Set. It is just SO SO pretty! I didn't use any fancy techniques on this design, but I did make my own kraft tag.  Cuz I like them. And, I have none.  So, a girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do. *wink*

The ivory card stock is some I've had for years in my stash–it has a speckle texture embedded into it that reminds me of stoneware. Stoneware paper.  Yeah.  Only not break-able.  LOL! Anyway, I've always loved it and hadn't used it in forever, so out it came for this project!  The ribbon was from my stash, as well.  I think it's by May Arts.

Made a video, since so many of you have mentioned how much you like videos. 

You can watch it here, or on YouTube.






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