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Monday, 13 January 2014

Tranquil Tree (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, I wanted to create a masculine card with an oriental feel using the stamps of the month. I created a background by embossing some kraft card with a stencil through my die cutting machine and then adding a soft touch of colour for definition. I added a wash of colour to a piece of handmade paper and stamped the tree and bird from the Serenity stamp set using brown archival ink.

I made a 'stone' by cutting a piece of card into an oval shape and punching a hole in one end before applying some texture paste. I stamped the word Tranquility taken from the Tranquility stamp set. I added some acrylic paint over the top in various shades of brown, and blue, drying the paint after each application. Finally, I added some dark brown, which I wiped away before it was dry. The paint settled into the letters.

I tied the 'stone' to the card using some string in a criss cross design.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


  1. What a great card and perfect for a man. I love how you have created the "stone" very effective

    Jackie x

  2. Definitely masculine & I particularly like the way your 'stone' echoes the inked embossed kraft base. The bird is delightful looking as if he's just flown from his perch on the tree. The wash of paint is very atmospheric in the background. Thanks for the detailed info regarding the 'stone' too.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Beautiful, love the background and the tree is fabulous!

    Linda xxx

  4. Lovely card Judith and your 'stone' matches perfect! hugs, Mirandax

  5. Love the colours and the string!

  6. Stunning and not just for men - non fussy females would love it too, gorgeous inkyness, wonderful stamping and a lovely stencil, TFS xx


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