Wednesday, August 10, 2022


When you have a stamp set called Trees for Sale, you just have to make a card featuring a Christmas Tree Lot, right?

The background for today's card was made with the Sale-A-Bration Gold Dotted designer series paper.  On the gold dotted paper, I blended Night of Navy for the sky, So Saffron for the "lit" area, Crumb Cake for the walkway, and Shaded Spruce and Garden Green for the Grass.

Once the blending was finished it was all about stamping and die cutting.  I wanted a couple of little fences to mark my tree lot area, so I pulled out the retired fences that were in the Horizon Dies and cut them from Early Espresso cardstock.  However, if you don't have the New Horizon Dies, any fences you have would work.  I just don't have many fences, so I used what I had, and sadly they are retired.

The trees were stamped with various combinations of Shaded Spruce and Garden Green, using full-strength and stamped-off stamping to add further variation in color.  The trees were die cut with the Sale-a-Bration Tree Lot Dies.

The light strands were first stamped with So Saffron and then the "bulbs" were colored with a Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.  Another die from the Tree Lot Dies was used to die cut the three light strands.  The Early Espresso light poles were also made with a die from the same die set.

If you look closely behind the little dog, you will see paw prints stamped with Early Espresso.  However, after I had stamped the paw prints, I realized that the little dog in the stamp set was facing the other way.  That's what happens when you have the stamp laying upside down on your work surface.  LOL.  As you can imagine, I was not happy with myself at this point because I didn't want the paw prints to be in front of him.  That makes no sense, right?

Well, I remembered that there is a mirroring technique you can use to create a reverse (mirrored) version of a stamped image, so that is what I did to make my little pooch.  However, if I were doing this card again, I would have the dog and the sign switch places on the card.  That would save the extra step.

For the inside of the card, I used a scrap strip of the same DSP.  When I was making the card front, I had made extra trees and also had an extra little "mirrored" dog as well (I needed a practice attempt, but it was good enough for the inside).  So, I adhered the trees and the dog to the inside.

The sentiment "you light up the season" is from the Trees For Sale stamp set, but it is one long sentiment, which would not fit in the space I had.  So, I masked the stamp and divided it into two lines.  I decided to blend a little So Saffron behind the sentiment to tie it in with the "lighting up the season" theme.

What do you think?  Do you like this card?  It may be a bit over the top, but I have never been known as the quick & simple stamper.  Actually, it is more difficult for me to make a quick & simple card than to make a card like this.  I need to practice the Quick & Simple style.

If you would like a tutorial with all the cutting dimensions and step-by-step directions, you can use this link to download a copy.

See the Product List below for more details on the products I used.

PRODUCT STATUS UPDATE:   I create my cards and posts one to two weeks in advance of the posting date, so unfortunately since I created this card the Sale-a-Bration Item Tree Lot Dies has sold out and is no longer available.   The Trees for Sale stamp set is in the Annual Catalog and still available.  For those of you that were lucky enough to get the coordinating dies as a Sale-A-Bration Freebie, I hope you get some inspiration from this card.

Product List
Brights Stampin' Write Markers
Brights Stampin' Write Markers

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