Playing with the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a few cards I made with one of my newest obsessions: the Layered Tree diecut from Pretty Pink Posh. As soon as I saw this fun diecut I knew I needed it in my life. The Design Team at PPP have teased my creativity and I have seen so many super fun projects with it. I couldn’t wait to get mine and get to work in the craft room.

The first card I made with it came together so quickly and I love how it looks! It’s inspired by a card Laura Bassen made, but I put my own spin on it by changing a few things. Quite a few things in the end but her card was the inspiration behind this one.

I was in the zone while making it and didn’t take any progress photos at all but for the next three I made sure to stop and do just that. The sequins I used for the baubles are from Studio Katia and are called Crystal Rainbow Fusion.

While I had the diecut out, I cut out enough pieces to make another four trees. I had lots of colour ideas for these and got to work right away!

Naturally I had to make a pink tree. Although I would probably never get an actual pink Christmas tree, it is so fun to try different colour combos for these. All the inks I used are Distress Oxides. On this one I have used only Picked Raspberry, doing a bit of an ombré look on each bit.

I used my Pink Fresh Studio Life Changing Blender brushes for all the ink blending. These brushes have changed how I do ink blending and I adore how they feel as well as the fact it is really easy to get a soft, light blend. I’m a convert for sure!

The next colour combo was pink (Picked Raspberry) and purple (Wilted Violet)

Sadly I completely messed this one up when I went to heat emboss some Gold Tinsel embossing powder on it. I tried dabbing on VersaMark ink from the re-inker bottle to make it very juicy so it would pick up lots of embossing powder. It turned into a lava-like concoction that wouldn’t set…! Oh well, you live and learn.

The third colour combination is the same as the first card: Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for a nice green tree.

On these pieces I heat embossed Puff Powder from WOW! Embossing Powders to make it look like it was covered in snow.

While I was on a roll with the WOW! Embossing powder and had my heat gun out, I also did a background using Christmas Background from MFT Stamps. My anti static tool was first dusted all over the panel of course. Then with the help of my MISTI I stamped the background, sprinkled Metallic Gold Rich on it and set it.

The panel was trimmed down a little bit and adhered to a card base made out of Evergreen card stock. This is from Lawn Fawn and they have a fabulous selection of coloured card stock. I use these a lot for card bases that need to have a colour as the card stock is nice and sturdy.

To finish off the card, I heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ on a banner from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore stamp set. Both the banner and the stamp set are from MFT Stamps and the heat embossing is done in the same Metallic Gold Rich as the background.

The tree and the banner are both adhered to the card with foam tape to raise them up a little and add some fun dimension. The tree trunk piece is done with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

After this one was done, I went back to my pink tree and decided to use it with a muted background colour scheme to make the pink pop.

On a panel of Kraft card stock, I embossed the Stitched Wood Grain cover up die from Lil’Inker. It adds such a lovely texture to the card stock. The trunk is cut out of gold glitter card stock for an extra jazzy tree!

On the back, I again used foam tape. As these trees are angular and with bits poking out, I have puzzled together different pieces to avoid wasting it. Once it’s stuck to the card, nobody will know that there are like 52 pieces on the back of it, rather than one big one, lol!

On a card base I adhered the wood grain embossed panel, which had been trimmed down a little bit, and then added my tree to it. Another banner with ‘Merry Christmas‘ was added under it and lots of Nuvo Drops, from Tonic Studios, in White Blizzard to the tree itself.

The last tree was done in four different colours, one for each layer. From top to bottom: Old Paper, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.

The tree trunk for this tree is cut out of patterned paper with a wood grain look. Perfect or what?

For this background I wanted something different from the others so I got some more Distress Oxide inks out, this time in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. These two I blended onto a panel, with the lighter in the middle and darker around the edges. Sort of like a lit up spot or halo effect.

At the bottom I wanted a snowy hill for my tree to sit on so I cut out a hill shape out of some paper and used this as a stencil to dab on VersaMark ink. This I covered very generously in Puff Powder and set with the heat gun. Then I did the same thing again to really build some texture! It came out great! I wish you could feel it.

Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone here so I got the Starry Color palette out and splattered White Gold water colour all over the panel.

Aaaaaand while I was on a roll to make this one different in more than one way, I decided to make a garland with some seeded beads and silver thread. This was quite fiddly work but so worth the time! I did have to secure a few of them with Glossy Accents to make sure they hang properly.

At the time of writing I haven’t decided if I am going to add a sentiment to this or not. What do you think? Yay or nay on adding a sentiment?

Bravo to you if you have managed to make to here, this turned into a bit of an essay. Or maybe it just feels like it because of all the pictures. I’d love some feedback on this, what do you like to see in blog posts? Progress photos with step by step instructions or just the finished card and condensed instructions and why? Many, many thanks if you take the time to answer some of these questions for me, I really appreciate it.

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Thanks again, lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

Joining in the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop with a Trinity Stamps card

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a long time, and that’s on me. I ran out of storage here and as I’m in the process of changing over to a website, which I thought I’d have sorted by now, I didn’t bother upgrading. Which meant I couldn’t blog. However, it’s me, the anti-technology-guru, we are talking about here, so naturally, that has not happened yet. Oy, the decisions are agonising and confusing. I think I’m going to have to speak to someone who knows this sort of stuff. And it can’t be The Man, he takes too much pleasure out of mocking my lack of technology skills. Hence the reason we are here today. I caved and upgraded the plan here instead. Eh, sue me.

Anyway, now I have got that off my chest, let’s get to the card, shall we?

I’ve used the Coffee with Character set from Trinity Stamps, with a little help from Picket Fence Studios, MFT Stamps and the Mega Alphabet diecuts from Altenew. Oh, and lots of Copics.

First off, I stamped all the images with Copic friendly ink on Neenah card stock. After colouring in all of them, using about half of my Copic collection, I cut them out using the coordinating diecuts.

When it came to putting the card together, I have used all sorts: For the card base I used Lawn Fawn card stock in Black Licorice. I also used Ground Coffee card stock, another fabulous card stock from Lawn Fawn. To give some interest and add texture, I decided to use the Give Me A Break background stamp from Picket Fence Studios on it.

Instead of just stamping it with ink, I heat embossed it using Clear embossing powder. Just to give it some extra oomph. Don’t forget to dust your card stock with an anti-static tool before doing any heat embossing though! That is a rookie mistake you want to avoid.

After letting the embossing powder cool down, I cut out the ‘C’ from Altenew’s Mega Alphabet diecuts. A random Kraft-ish coloured card stock I used a MFT Stamps diecut on(from Blueprint 29), which I adhered to the card base with foam sheet cut to size.

It took a while to puzzle all the pieces together to get it just right. Maybe because I had so many of them? Who knows? I mean, I did use pretty much ALL of them and then some. The picture above and below show a few options of the layout I was playing with.

I do find it very helpful to take pictures and compare to find the best look. Sometimes you are so close and it just needs a tiny tweak, or you can see what works and what doesn’t. I do craft with my camera close to hand almost every time.

When I had all the pieces where I wanted them, I took a picture again and then got to work with my glue pen. When all of them were glued down I added some Glossy Accent to some of the bits, like the plastic top, the donut glaze, the hearts and the glass pots.

I didn’t add a sentiment to the front for once. Usually I do, but there is no mistaking this card for anything but a heavily caffeinated one, is there?

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If you want to read more about affiliate links, and maybe start using them for yourself, there is a really helpful and informative blog post about affiliate links written by Debby Hughes on her blog Lime Doodle Design. You should definitely check it out.

Well, that’s it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon, now I have storage space on my blog again. *insert an eye roll from The Man here*

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica