Rooted in Nature ….
Welcome to my blog on this wet South Australian day …. but all is sunny in my world! Thanks to all the lovely people who voted for my card in Kylie’s International Blog Highlight in July, I placed in the top ten and get to hop with Kylie and all the other winners. The theme is the same as for the highlight … Travel.
Here is my card from the July Highlight.
Rooted in Nature
For my project today, I have used the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set … or “that nature stamp set” which is how I usually refer to it … in Australia the real name of the set is just something that doesn’t roll easily off the tongue for some (my Mum would give me a good slap). This set does come bundled with the co-ordinating Framelits Dies which is fabulous, however, I didn’t use the dies today.
I unleashed my inner (and usually non existent) artist and painted a tree to wish a “soon to be traveller” a Bon Voyage. The wonderfully detailed images from the Rooted in Nature (slap, slap) stamp set make it so easy to look like an artist.
Here is a little close up of the tree …. yeh, not always a good idea to look too closely, and this certainly isn’t perfect, but I do feel just a little bit like I have actually taken a brush and some paints and painted a tree!! And it is imperfect enough for the recipient to think the same thing!
I had a bit of help from the Stamparatus (this tool continues to amaze me every day, whatever did I do before I had it). First I set the Tree stamp up on the Stamparatus and created an index image on my Polypropylene Imaging Sheet, then I stamped the tree in Sahara Sand, 2nd generation or “stamped off”, onto Shimmery White cardstock.
This makes a very light image, but still with enough detail for me to water colour over the top with my Aqua Painter and Soft Suede, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks. I dried it off with a heat tool and then added the Coastal Cabana background and the ground area at the bottom.
It looked …. well ….. like I had actually tried to paint a tree myself but better because, in this instance, you can actually tell it is supposed to be a tree!
But then, using my index image to place the tree exactly in the Stamparatus, I stamped over the whole shebang again with Gray Granite ink. And Bingo!!! It looks like an actual tree again, with enough lack of detail to look like I actually just might have painted it myself.
Thanks so much again everyone for voting for my project in Kylie’s International Highlight. You too can submit a project into Kylie’s monthly Highlight. It is simple, pop on over to the International Highlight Facebook page. Kylie gives you video instructions on how to put your project up. Not only will you get lots of traffic to your blog, but you will get to showcase your work to a larger audience. And you never know, you too could be hopping with Kylie as one of the top ten voted for projects.
Below is the list of all the top ten winners, headed up by Kylie’s Blog. Hop around and check out all the fabulous projects and inspiration. And a big thank you to Kylie for hosting this fabulous opportunity!
If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and you are interested in getting a catalogue showcasing all the wonderful products Stampin’ Up! have to offer, please email me and I will get one out to you. There is a new catalogue coming out in September, the Holiday catalogue …. and just a tip …. it is AMAZING!!
If you are interested in watching me create projects like this live on Facebook, I jump on every week on Wednesday evenings (8:00pm South Australia time, 8:30pm East Coast Australia) on my Stampin’ Up! Facebook Group. Anyone can join in and I would love to have you pop on and say hello. Pop on over and join the group to receive notifications of my live events.