Monday, July 25, 2022


It's Monday, so it's time for a new featured bundle of the week.  This week I will be using the Perched in a Tree Bundle.  This bundle does not have a huge number of different stamps and dies, but it is very versatile.  I'll be honest, when I fell in love with this set, it was the oval tree die and the cute little chubby bird that won my heart.  As I started working with the bundle this week, I was pleasantly surprised to finally notice the beautiful and versatile sentiments.

For today's card, I wanted to put something behind the beautiful tree oval die cut that would show off the trees.  Since it had been quite a while since I played with the Stampin' Blends and Alcohol on Vellum technique, I decided to try that and see if I could create a colorful abstract design behind the trees.  My goal was to use colors that would represent the sky and the colorful foliage of an autumn forest.  I'm very happy with how my second attempt turned out.  I'd forgotten that darker, more intense Stampin' Blends colors work better with this technique than the lighter pastel shades which I used on my first attempt.  Frankly, the first one was pretty blah!

I used my Blending Brushes to add a little Sahara Sand ink to the tree trunks on the oval die cut to give them some shading and add some dimension.  For all of the die cuts I used Thick Very Vanilla to give them more rigidity for popping up with dimensionals.

I colored my little chubby Goldfinch with Black, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends and used the Color Lifter to provide some additional shading.  Google is a wonderful place to find plenty of examples for color inspiration!

For the die cut leaves on the branch I used the "splotch" and "speckles" stamps to cover a large enough area on Very Vanilla cardstock to be able to die cut the leaves with the die from Aspen Dies.  These were then adhered directly to the end of the stamped and die cut branch.

The sentiment from Perched in a Tree was stamped on Very Vanilla and die cut with a Tailor Made Tags die.  A couple of strands of Linen Thread were used for the double bow.

For the inside of the card, I embossed the left edge using the same embossing folder that was used on the front, Timeworn Type.  The edge where the embossed area meets the non-embossed cardstock was covered with a section of trees made using the large oval Aspen Trees die.

I covered the top of the trees with two die cuts made with the leaves die.  Before die-cutting the leaves, the Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped using the same process as for the leaves on the card front.

If you would like a detailed tutorial with step-by-step directions, please use this link to download a FREE copy.

A list of all products used is shown below.  For more details on any of the products, just click on the photo.

Product List

Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad

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