Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Stencil; and Silhouette Trees


I have loved the cards I have seen with bare tree trunks around the net for some time, so not that long ago I bought a stencil - and put it in the NBUS tray, and there it stayed....
Until I needed a card recently for a friend who is having major health battles. 
I took a deep breath and started sponging using distress inks - I eventually stopped, and was not very happy with the results, so the card took another break.

I came back to it with some more ideas and enlarged the sunset, adding some more colours to it, then drew the shadows on the tree with a water colour pencil, and moved the colour with a damp paintbrush on the trunks only. 
 Finally I felt it was finished.

I added this wee sentiment ( from the ODBD Faith card Sentiments set) on the outside

This inside sentiment from the same set was stamped on a die cut from the 

I mounted the die cut over a piece of metallic paper to show it off even more.

In the end I was happy with the card.

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(The Diecut is inside)

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  1. awesome card, Maxine love how you tell it began and grew! i too have loved these stencil tree cards and one day will prob get one too :D
    Great verses too haven't seen that ODB set but maybe I shouldn't too :D
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  2. This is so lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  3. What a beautiful card! Loved the scene you have made using those trees and beautiful sentiment! :)
    Suchi xx

  4. What a fantastic card - outside and inside! Great!

  5. *GASP* OH WOW Maxine.... this is absolutely gorgeous!! And the sentiment melts my heart - love it so much. I would totally frame this so I could look at it everyday, lol. Your sun is so beautifully done! Everything on this card is actually, just in awe. xx

  6. Wow... this is so pretty Maxine! Lovely, calming scene. I like the lattice work with the paper... depending on where you look at, it reminds me of jewels. I like the term NBUS tray... I have an NBUS basket... it's a very big basket.

  7. fab card
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  8. This is beautiful, Maxine! And it will be so moving and meaningful for your friend! (I wish her well.) I'm glad that you didn't bin this and kept trying to bring your vision to life. You definitely succeeded and bonus using that NBUS!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  9. One of the best tree trunk scenes I've seen. I'm so glad you stayed with this one, and adding in the sun & hillside, took this one right out of the ballpark. It is going to be a real comfort to your friend...a work of love indeed. TFS & Blessings to your friend & yourself.

  10. BEAUTIFUL Maxine, the sentiment is absolutely up my ally. Brilliantly designed and colour combo's chosen are fabulous.xx  {aNNie}

  11. Oh Maxine! The WC detail on these trees is so beautiful! I love the idea of the sunset in the background. What a fabulous set of sentiments - LOVE! This really moves my heart today, fabulous make! So glad you gave it a second go. Hugs, Autumn

  12. So artsy and beautiful! Love the look of this entire card and the metallic gives it glow.

  13. A stunning scene that you made; love the watercolor and sponging; it gives the card such a soft look! Good that you bought the stencil; it is such a fun one... Hugs, Gerrina

  14. This is so pretty. Love the effect.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft your passion challenges.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine ( DT ) x

  15. What a gorgeous scene you have created Maxine, wow!! I love the shiny paper behind your sentiment panel, what a great added detail! hugs :)

  16. This is a very beautiful card! you created a fantastic scene!
    Have a great weekend!
    xoxo Olga

  17. Maxine, this is a breath of fresh air and a burst of loveliness - amen to such a wonderful sentiment! I love the softness of your card and the shading peeking through the lovely forest scene - splendid card! Blessings, friend!

  18. Stunning creation love the style of this. Thank you for joining us over at Our Crafty Corner, Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT

  19. This is GORGEOUS Maxine!! LOVE the silhouette of trees and so very serene. Would love to grab a book and sit under one of those and just read the day away. Lovely design my friend!!

  20. An absolutely beautiful creation Maxine! Beautiful on the inside too, gorgeous verse!

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your project and entering our Challenge.
    I can’t wait to see what you create for our next Challenge.
    Angie DT
    Creative Moments.

  22. Sweet card!!!Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  23. So classy! Love the silhouette against the pretty background. Hugs, Maggie

  24. Maxine you really outdid yourself with this card. I love every technique you used. The card is so elegant and will most definitely mean a lot to your friend. I wish her well.
    Hugs, Fran

  25. Very pretty lovely techique you have used.

    Thanks for joining us at dream valley

    Tracey dt

  26. Wonderful card Maxine - I love that stencil and the gorgeous sentiment - what a blessing to receive a card like this!! Well done my friend! I have been praying for you and your DH! {{{hugs}}}

  27. i'm sure your friend is going to love it. i would love to walk there while looking at that sky. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx.

  28. What a beautiful card and sentiment, Maxine! Your stenciled image is a work of art!

  29. It was worth the wait Maxine. I love that little glimpse of something shiny behind the inside mesh frame. CarolG

  30. This is just beautiful!! and the sentiment is wonderful! Your friend is blessed to have you!


  31. I just love the soft colors on the sunset scene- just gorgeous!!! The shading you added to the trees is awesome- and how beautiful is the inside. Just stunning!

  32. This is beautiful, Maxine. Fabulous job with the sponged scene!

  33. This is wonderful card!!! Thanks for playing with us at Simply Create Too.
    Good Luck

    Jenna, DT
    Jenna's Design

  34. This is fabulous, Maxine! Great making your own background and love the verse too. Your color choices are spot on. Also, thank you for your awesome comments for my cards the past few weeks. You thoughtfulness inspire me! So delighted you linked up your creation at Word Art Wednesday. I hope to see more in our current challenge. Leaving you some inspiration from God's Word in 1 John 2:17 which says, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Have an awesome week and God bless!

    JO ANN

  35. this ended up gorgeous! Love the detailing you added to the trees!


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