Good Morning Fellow Stampers ~~
Oh My! There has been talk of an early and hard winter here in Colorado, and this morning I am wondering if the naysayers might be right. We're down to 38 degrees this morning with a drizzly steady rain falling, and depending upon where you are, great big juicy snowflakes coming out of those gray clouds!! Yikes~~ I got up early and moved my geranium and mum pots into the garage, and am hovering at the ready to cover my gorgeous coleus and other garden items if need be. Although . . . if the hard 28 degree freeze they are predicting on Wednesday morning happens, nothing may save my coleus. I've never had the incredible gorgeous coleus I have this year - ever!! My garden has been gorgeous and I'm always sad to see it go when we reach October. Usually, though, I can hold on for another week or so. We'll see!!
Winter is in the air . . . so how about a little fun today with a perennial favorite . . . Lovely As a Tree! We're going to bring another shimmer paint technique today, by "flocking" our pretty pine tree with the first snowflakes of the season!
This fun card is created with a Gray Granite card base, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".
An Old Olive background (matted with Soft Suede) embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF, which I then sponged with both Soft Suede and Crushed Curry for a really fabulous distressed look.
A piece of paper from the Country Lane Designer Series Paper pack on the horizontal to break up our look a little!
And those layers wrapped and tied with Linen Thread - the linen thread pulled through a True Gentleman Button - and tied in a bow to finish off this lovely background.
Now it's time for our focal point - this lovely pine tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set!
I used my stampin' write markers to color this tree - Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede.
By using your stampin' write markers you are able to color your image and get this gorgeous coloring.
You'll see that my Old Olive is near the outer tips of the pine branches, and the Mossy Meadow towards the inside; with the trunk colored in Soft Suede. Perfect!!
Finally we're going to add our "snow" with a fine paint brush and the Frost White Shimmer Paint!
This is so easy and a perfect way to add both shimmer and a "flocking" or snow effect to your tree branches.
You can see I dipped my brush and then "daubed" or dotted the paint on the various branches. By laying the paint a little thicker than we normally would in other techniques, you can get a fabulous effect.
You'll see I also used it on the ground.
This vantage point really picks up the shimmer and "white" look of the paint.
Isn't that fabulous??
And don't forget the inside of your card -- cuteness abounds!!
What a fabulous way to start a Monday and the week, don't you think? Okay, well, not if you have to go outside so much!! LOL We've covered a lot of shimmer paint techniques these past couple of weeks. We'll review those soon! But scroll back through the posts to remind yourself of all the fun we've been having!
Happy Monday everyone!
Until Next Time . . . Puppy Hugs!