Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree at Moonrise

Well, the big cat just determined he was done with my lap – at least for a little while – so I can actually DO a blog post tonight!  Leo is a lap hog  – he stretches across my lap from one arm of the recliner to the other.  And stretches luxuriously and yawns (he yawns quite cute-ly – with the end of his tongue all curled up!) and turns half upside down – all across my lap.  And he does NOT think that it’s a good idea for me to set my computer on him whilst he’s doing all this.  So….cat -yes.  Computer – No.  Until he’s done with me.  It’s what we do.

My card tonight is inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest.  Not of a card, but….

Hare at Moonrise

When I saw this photo, it just spoke to me.  About a 1000 years ago, in a galaxy far far away, I spent some time in the panhandle of Oklahoma.  Quite a while, actually – another business trip (yes, you’ve figured out my secret – I get ALL the great garden spots for my business trips….).  And it was in a pretty isolated little town (Super Walmart came while I was there and the whole town turned out.  It was BIG!).  So, I tried to find things to do (at that time, I didn’t do stamping, so I didn’t have a room full of crafty things to do) and on one of my little trips, I ended up at a preserve of some sort – no clue what it was called any more.  Wide open spaces.  Buffalo roaming.  Longhorns playing.  Bunnies frolicking.  Prairie Dogs barking.  It was big and, in its own way, beautiful.  A prairie preserved.  Anyway, I got a bee in my bonnet that it would be really cool to be there at night when there was a full moon.  So, one weekend, I dilly’d and dallied about until it was finally dark and the moon had risen over the prairie.  I wasn’t alone – other folks apparently shared my bee.  It was spectacular.  I don’t even remember the time of year now, but it wasn’t too hot or too cold.  It was just beautiful.  The light of the moon was….ethereal.  If it wasn’t too crystal-chaneling woo-woo….I’d say I could hear the creak of the wagons and the rustle of the wheels rolling thru the prairie grasses.  Truly one of the coolest experiences of my life.

Well – that picture took me back to that night.  And I wanted to re-create it on a card.  So I tried.  Take a look-see:

Lovely as a Tree Noel Color accurate watermarked

My Lovely as a Tree forest (I don’t have a rabbit stamp!) at moonrise.  In my mind, this is more a high Rocky Mountain full moon.  Perhaps in the fall of the year.  it just seems to me to be a high-altitude moon – without so much “crap” between us and it.  So – it’s more white-ish than yellow-ish.  That’s my story and I’m sticking’ to it! And is the excuse I’m using for not having used Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White! 😉

I started with a panel of Whisper White and ran a piece of move-able tape across it to mask the top from the bottom.  Then, I sponged the heck out of the bottom portion with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I got it just as black as I could get it, and then pulled the tape.

For the moon, I cut a 3 1/4″ circle out of a piece of card stock (this was the next-to-largest circle in my Circles Collection Framelits) and used some more of the move-able tape to secure it to the Whisper White panel so it wouldn’t move around.  Then, I sponged all around the circle, first with the same Tuxedo Black sponge, then with Slate Gray, and finally with Elegant Eggplant.  I let it get a little lighter down around where the moon touches the horizon.

Lovely as a Tree Noel Outside 3 watemarked

I really just kept kind of playing with it until it looked right.  I wanted it to be purple-black.  And it is.  With that done (and I hit it with my heat tool for a few seconds to get it drier quicker), I replaced the circle with the cut out part, laying it with the hole over where my moon was going to be.  I used my Slate Gray and a sponge dauber to make the man in the moon.  It’s maybe more the amoeba in the moon but, hey!  It’s art (and I make no claim to artistic-nss) – not a photo!  I still think it evokes the moon.  Then I sponged over that gray with my Craft Whisper White ink, to soften the edges and give just a little texture – the card stock was just too smooth!

Once it dried – and remember, the Whisper White Craft ink takes a minute to dry – I stamped across the moon with the pine tree image from Lovely as a Tree in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I stamped them each twice – using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to ensure the second stamp was very very close – not exactly, just very very close – to the first stamp.  The small bit of offset gives a more realistic look to the trees.

Lovely as a Tree Open card watermarled

Then, using some grasses from the Wetlands set and some more from the Sheltering Tree set, I stamped across the horizon in Black.  I also re-sponged the black when I was done, to remove the slight images of the grass in the black “ground”.  Didn’t want to see it!

That finished the “painting”.  I added the first star I see tonight – using two stars from the Metallics Sequin Assortment, and a Rhinestone Basic Jewel.  I adhered all of it to the card front with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

The sentiment is cut from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, using a die from the Hello You Thinlits die set.  I sponged it lightly with Elegant Eggplant and then stuck it on with Liquid Glue.  To finish it all off, I SNAIL’d the card front to a Basic Black mat, and then popped it on my Night of Navy card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Lovely as a Tree Noel Outside 3 watemarked

The inside is a piece of Whisper White, edges sponged with Elegant Eggplant, and the tiny pine bough from Lovely as a Tree stamped in the corners in Tuxedo Black.

Lovely as a Tree Noel Inside watermarked

The sentiment, from Lots of Joy, is in Elegant Eggplant (and thank goodness for my Many Marvelous Markers – cause I had to do a little touch up with the matching marker!).  I SNAILd that piece to a Basic Black mat and then to the card base.

Et Voila!  My rendition of an Oklahoma prairie moon bathing a bunny in moonlight….turned into a Colorado Rocky Mountain high moon over a lovely forest.  I hope that you like the card as much as I liked the picture! 🙂

See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card.

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:

Night of Navy Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

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8 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree at Moonrise

  1. What a beautiful card Mary! I love the color scheme and the moon looks so real. And thanks so much for the color matrix for the Holiday Catalog DSP, that’s an awesome tool! 🙂

    • You’re welcome – and thank you! That picture’d been calling me to try to make a card out of it for a while now. 🙂

  2. mom

    Rocky mountain-esque moon all right! Beautiful!

  3. Definitely a mountain moon, not a prairie moon! Thanks!

  4. Lynn Gauthier

    Holy Buckets of Beauty! What a beautiful moon rise! It’s so cool that you can look at a picture and create a card from it! Well done!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  5. Thanks so much, Lynn! I can’t do it with very many of them – this one was pretty easy to re-create. 😉

  6. Kathy Hendrey

    Wow, Mary…….you did a great job recreating your inspiration photo! Thanks for sharing all the details. Makes my fingers itch to try it!

  7. Go for it, Kathy! If you make the original photo bigger on your computer, it’ll give you some ideas for where to sponge the gray in the moon. Have fun with it! 🙂

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