"Hey Jude ... take a sad song & make it better!" - the Beatles

My goal is to turn my disabilities around to abilities using art therapy as a means of stroke rehabilitation on my hands & arms. I want to also use cards to spread kindness, show different fun card techniques, bring awareness to issues that are important to me, and to just spread joy in general!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Stashback Friday - 3 - Tree Hugs (Engagement Card)

For my third Stashback Friday, a series where I try to "Flashback Friday" and only use items in my stash, I pulled out the Tree Hugs stamp set by Concord and 9th.  I love this set!  Concord and 9th is absolutely one of my favorite stamp companies for all of their innovative designs and their interesting concepts that they come up with to make your cards more unique and fun.  I have had this Tree Hugs set for quite a while and felt that this was the perfect time to use it as our nephew just got engaged to the gal is who is perfect for him!  We love little Sarah!!!  So, I wanted to use this as an engagement card and to let them know how happy we are for them and excited about their future together.

I started with some Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper and taped it down to my board so that I could easily mask and brush color on as needed.  I then used the tree trunk portion of the stamp set to create three trees - one solid tree trunk and then two trees off to the side that were kind of hiding behind each other.  I definitely learned this from Greg over on Concord and 9th's web site.  This is another thing I totally love about their company - they have awesome tutorials up to help you understand these fun stamps and dies and make it easier for you to recreate every time.  With my bad memory, I can make something once and completely forget how I made it two seconds later!!!
Stashback Friday - Concord and 9th Tree Hugs

I stamped the trunks with Memento Tuxedo black ink and then I used my new little brushes that I talked about in my last haul video that seem to be a little bit more conducive to my hand issues than the blender tools to sponge on some Distress Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough as the background.  I created a mask with some full stick post-it notes and they worked perfectly.  After that dried a bit, I then used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen to create the colors of the tree trunks.  I wanted them to look a bit rough so I was a tad heavy handed on the blending.  I also added some of the additional stamps that were the knot in the tree and lines to give it more of a rustic look.  I then added the large heart, the Mr. & Mrs., and the Forever.  I also added the smaller heart in Avery Elle Cherry ink to give a little pop to the front of the card.
Supplies for Stashback Friday Card

When the card had fully dried I cut the panel with the MFT Blueprints 24 large die and also a piece of fun foam to give it that added dimension.  I then used Stampin' Up's Snail adhesive (my favorite) to adhere these together and to the card, which was a beautiful piece of Audrey Blue Simon Says Stamp card stock cut down to an A2 size card base.  On the inside, using Avery Elle Sapphire Blue Ink, I stamped the sentiment "Happily Ever After" from an older Hero Arts wedding set that I had just to give it a little something extra.  I then added some red Spectrum Noir glitter pen to thicken up the red heart on the front and give it a little sparkle and, Boom, we were done!
Sweet and Simple Engagement Card using Concord and 9th Products

I loved how this clean and simple card came out and I loved that it was part of my Stashback Friday series!  I love using items that I haven't used in a long time and I am always hopeful that it makes me dig more into my stash!!!!  Hope you enjoyed and can't wait to see you for a couple videos I have in store next week.  Jude  :-)

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