Friday, February 20, 2015

Sheltering Tree with a little Rock and Roll Shading

Do you have a favorite tree for shade? I'm going to start today's post by saying I'm now eager for a nice hot day to sit under a sheltering tree and enjoy some summer shade.  Our high today of 7 degrees (yes, single digits) does not motivate one to spend time outside under a tree. So I'm dreaming of when there's a scene like this outside my Wisconsin window.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp set

We did this card to illustrate our Technique of the Month for February, which was Rock and Roll. Notice the 2 colors in the grass under the tree.  The concept of Rock and Roll is that you ink the stamp (the grass in this case) with a light color and then roll the edges of the stamp in a darker color ink. For this project its a quick way to add some shade on the grass under the tree.

close-up of the Rock and Roll inking technique

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At the Senior Centers we do a "Technique of the Month" and people make an instruction card along with their projects. The cards are a nice way to remember a new technique.

Cards made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp set

By the way, the tree is from a new stamp set called Sheltering Tree. Sheltering Tree is a photopolymer set, which means its made of a clear material so its really easy to get exact placement of the tulips on the flower stems. Gosh I can't wait for tulips in my yard!
Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp set

Sheltering Tree is a nice all year round set. While the 4 sentiments are general in nature they each work especially well with one season. The extra stamps include leaves, a rake, flower stems and flowers, a swing and the parts to make a bicycle in 2 colors. And just look, don't you think that stamp I used for the grass would make nice clouds?

Here are 2 more cards made with the Sheltering Tree Stamp set
I got these from Rachel Durtschi as part of a demonstrator trade.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp set
I love the spring colors on this card: Crisp Cantaloupe and Pear Pizzazz.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Sheltering Tree Stamp set  

Its not exactly bicycle weather here today. Given that its one of the coldest days this winter when I'm writing this I'll take my shelter in my stamp room.  No matter when you read this or where you are, I hope you have a special place to craft and that it provides some shelter for you to enjoy some quiet creative time.

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