Bet if we hadn't mentioned it, you would never know that the forest of trees in this card was created with a leaf stamp...love being able to multi-purpose a stamp!
The design of this card was directly inspired by the Woodland Trees card created yesterday by Cindi Nelson from Savvy Stamps. Remember how she used watercolor paints to create a gradually shaded background? We used that same concept but with Pan Pastels on two completely different Art Squares
The background was created by blending 5 different colors on a white 4" Art Square. Using a blending sponge apply the first (and lightest) color like a stripe across the top of the square. Repeat this process overlapping and blending each 'color stripe' into one another with the sponge. Don't be timid when applying the colors - in fact you can go back over them and fine tune quite a bit. We used the following colors...in this order...turquoise tint, turquoise, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue and violet. Use a spray fixative when finished so pastels don't smudge when assembling card.
Next, using the very same Pan Pastel colors, in the same order, repeat the application on a dark gray ATC size Art Square. Because the ATC is a dark color to begin with, the colors will be very muted in a rich grayed sort of way. Use a light spray of fixative when finished on this piece also.
Postion the ATC so the darkest color is at the 'top' to represent the sky. Stamp the first RubberMoon Elm Leaf in the foreground with VersaMark ink and cover with White Diamond embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set. Create a mask by stamping a leaf with black ink on a masking paper or post it note and cut out. (make sure and clean the stamp after the black ink!) Now use the mask to cover the first tree, repeating the entire process until you have the desired number of trees that look as if they are receeding into the background.
Assemble the ATC on top of the 4" piece so the background colors are opposite.....the dark is the sky on the ATC....but the dark is the foreground on the 4". Finish with small dots and a grounding line drawn with white pen.
If you want to try your hand at using leaf stamps as trees there is quite a collection of them available in the RubberMoon Retirement Sale now at 50% off through December 31!
"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." - Martin Luther