Today is the first day of fall!!!! I am so excited! I absolutely love this time of year and can't wait to put out my fall decorations this weekend. Does anyone else decorate this early for fall/Halloween? I don't really have Halloween decorations, mine are fall themed that way I can leave them up for Thanksgiving too.
I was searching for ideas for the limited time stamp set Thoughtful Branches (this set is still available while supplies last) and found this beautiful card created by Kay Kalthoff. The trees are Tamarack trees that grow in the northwoods of MN and WI. They are like pine trees, except they change a beautiful yellow color in the fall and drop their needles. I had no idea there was a Tamarack tree until I read Kay's blog post. I love learning new things! Did you know about these trees?
To make this card you will need the following materials:
Chocolate Chip Card Stock #102128
- cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
Crushed Curry Card Stock #13199
- cut at 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Very Vanilla Card Stock #101650
- cut one at 3" x 5 1/2"
- cut one at 4" x 5 1/4"
You first begin with stamping your sentiment Thank You or whatever one you would to use. That way I could tell exactly where I wanted the tree trunks. I used the Early Espresso ink for the tree trunks and the lines for under the trees. The stamp with the lines has a cut out in the middle for you to line up your tree trunk so you aren't stamping over your tree.
Here is a little tip that helped me with these trees. For some reason it was easier for me if I turned my Very Vanilla piece on its side (so the 5 1/2" side was on the bottom) and I stamped my trees as though they were laying down. I did it that way for the yellow needles too and even my classes thought it was easier. Who knew?!
For the trees I used the Crushed Curry ink and you will stamp each tree three times. You are going to want to move your stamp, just a tiny bit so that you aren't stamping directly on top of your previous stamped image. You will notice when you stamp it the first time that it not very full of needles. By stamping it three times you will get a beautiful, full Tamarack tree.
I used Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip ink with sponges to get the coloring on the bottom. It is really up to you how much of each color you want to put on it. This was my first card I made and I used a little more brown than my next card. I also used the brown to do my edges on the bottom and up on the sides just to where the sky would begin. For the top of the card I used Soft Sky ink to give my sky some color. Again, you can use as much or as little as you would like. If you even wanted a darker sky you could use a darker shade of blue, such as Marina Mist.
To decorate the inside of my card and my envelope I stamped one tree on the left hand side. I did not put the lines on these trees though.
I just love this stamp set and I know you will too! If you want this stamp set order ASAP and all you have to do is click on the picture below and it will take you right to my store.
I hope you enjoy the first day of this new season! I know I am excited even though it is suppose to be 88 degrees today. Luckily it is suppose to cool down next week. I am so ready for cooler temps so I can open my windows and let the fresh air in!