Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Stencil; and Silhouette Trees

 Welcome

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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36 comments:

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

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}


KraftyKoolKat said...

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

Suchi said...

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

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a fantastic card - outside and inside! Great!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW!!! This is jaw-dropping gorgeous!

Imagine That! Digis by Kris said...

*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

Marilyn said...

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.

Céline said...

fab card
thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments
hugs
céline

Darnell J Knauss said...

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

MaryH said...

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.

aussie aNNie said...

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

Team Clark said...

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

jimlynn said...

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

Gerrina said...

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

Catie Cuddles said...

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

Pamellia Johnson said...

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

Olga Fink said...

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

MiamiKel said...

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!

Crafts-by-Alison.blogspot.com said...

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

Jennie said...

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!!

Ellibelle said...

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

Angela Jones said...

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.

Deanne Saunders said...

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

Margaret said...

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

Fran said...

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

TRACEY MO said...

Very pretty lovely techique you have used.


Thanks for joining us at dream valley

Tracey dt

Lovely Linda said...

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}}}

Theresa Pace said...

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.

Bonnie said...

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

creationsnz said...

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

Patti said...

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

Patti

Shelly Schmidt said...

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!

Cynthia said...

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

Jenna ♥ said...

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

Jenna, DT
Jenna's Design

Jo Ann said...

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
http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

Michelle Pearson said...

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