Lovely as a Tree at Sunset!

If you’re like me, you’ve discovered Pinterest.  There are many MANY wonderful things on Pinterest – recipes, clothes, flowers, gardening ideas, funny memes, and….cards!  Lots and lots and LOTS of cards!  There are some very seriously talented folks on this planet, making cards and paper crafts!  Today’s card springs from a technique I found there – from Amanda Mertz’s lovely blog (  When I saw her card, I was reminded of some of the spectacular sunsets we’e been privy to this past couple of weeks here in the high desert.  Okay – not the forest part so much, but…the sky, for sure!  Between that and the fact that it gave me a great reason to use my newest SU! fave Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and….it was meant to be!  Take a look-see:

Sunset Forest Outside Watermarked

I started by cutting out an oval from some Very Vanilla Card stock – which would become the center art piece.  Then I used a piece of scrap card stock to cut out the next largest oval – which would be my mask.  I rolled a little piece of scotch tape and used it to lightly stick the Very Vanilla card front down onto my Silicon Craft mat.  I secured the art piece oval to the card front with a little dab of Two Way glue (if you let it dry before you stick it down, it’s a temporary adhesive).  Then I put the mask over the whole thing, and taped IT down to the Silicon Mat.  With everything secure, I used my sponge daubers and Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive to create my sky.  I made sure to extend the sky colors off the art oval and into the area that would become the frame.  When you do this, be sure to use a circular motion with your sponge – and start off your art piece.  I made the colors a little darker at the top (Pumpkin Pie) and the bottom (Old Olive).

Sunset Forest with Envelope 2 watermarked

I lifted the mask off, and picked up the art oval.  With the oval completely off the card front, I inked my Lovely as a Tree stamp with Mossy Meadow ink, and stamped it a couple of times without re-inking between stamps.  I did that a couple of times, until I liked my forest.  Then I stuck an Itty Bitty Accent Epoxy star into the sky – I think it evokes that first star in the twilight sky, don’t you?

Sunset Forest Closeup watermarked

I popped the art oval back onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Sheltering Tree set in Mossy Meadow.  And decided to leave it just that simple.  I SNAIL’d it to a mat of Crushed Curry and then adhered the entire layered card front to a Mossy Meadow Card Base with more Dimensionals, and the card front was done! Yes, you got it right – not a pearl in sight! 🙂

The inside is just as simple – a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, with a few more trees stamped around a couple of times.  I added those trees to a Crumb Cake Medium envelope as well, to complete the ensemble.

Sunset Forest Inside 3 watermarkedI really love this card.  I think I’ll probably make another variation – with the Sending Wishes Your Way stamp from the Butterfly Basics set (I think that would be cool – especially given the “first star I see tonight” on the front of the card!).   I hope that you like it, too, and will make some sunsets of your own!

Can you believe there’s less than a month before the Retiring Products are gone – gone – gone?  Time is going by quickly – which means I’ll be home soon!  Whoo-hoo!!  And….wait for it….the NEW CATALOG WILL BE ON THE STREET! 🙂  I’ve gotten a sneak peak and I can tell you there are some really seriously neat new items.  I can’t wait for you all to see it, too!

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Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x  8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Crushed Curry Card Stock: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 1/2″ oval (art piece); 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner)

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Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

May 1

126397: Postage Due Clear Stamp Set
126557: From My Heart Clear Stamp Set
126562: The Great Outdoors Clear Stamp Set
129126: Kind & Cozy Clear Stamp Set

May 4

127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

May 5

130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack

May 11

135294: Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

May 12

131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

May 15

129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch

May 16

133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets

May 18

129267: Bitty Banners Framelits Dies

Date to be Determined

131195: 2013-2015 In Color 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131296: Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
130148: Grid Paper
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
137951: So You Project Kit

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
119859: Large Oval Punch
122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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4 thoughts on “Lovely as a Tree at Sunset!

  1. Simply beautiful Mary! I love the colors and your sponging is just perfect! 🙂

  2. mom

    Oh…I want this one! Not good when I still have Red Hat invitations to make.

  3. It IS a good one! And…get to stampin’!! That Red Hat event is right around the corner!! 😉

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