Monday, 29 August 2016

Mix It Up Monday: Totally Trees

It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another project made with a colour combination from my latest set of In Color charts. This project was one of the Make & Takes at my Autumn/Winter catalogue launch party at the weekend. I traditionally focus on Christmas at these events but I’m not quite ready to let go of the summer just yet so thought we’d create something colourful with Totally Trees. 

I really love this set, it’s so versatile - and I showcased the versatility of the Tin of Tags set, too, by using it on a birthday card. I’m quite a fan of this colour combo, too – Sugarplum and Denim are my two favourite In Colors this year. I know I wasn’t sure about Sweet Sugarplum to begin with but it’s really grown on me. (Don’t ask me about the Peach though – I still have to learn to love that one!)

To stamp the trees evenly, I began by positioning the stamp on the block at a 45-degree angle. This meant that, when stamping the first tree, I could line the block up with the edge of the cardstock, stamping down the left edge first, then lining up the trees with each other as I went along. I’d cut the Whisper White cardstock slightly bigger than required, so we could trim it down and have the trees hanging off all sides. 

Stamping the Mint Macaron on top is simple - it really helps that this set is photopolymer, so you can see where you’re going. 

To create the splatter effect, I watered down some Sweet Sugarplum ink ever so slightly, just to loosen it a little. Then I picked some up with a paintbrush and, holding it horizontally across the project, I simply tapped the top of the brush to splash some ink. The thinner your ink, the bigger the splashes - and they are more likely to smudge your existing images, so don’t go mad with the water. 

I finished off with the corner rounder to take off the harshness of the sharp corners, and some Sweet Sugarplum ribbon. 


  1. Beautiful card and great way to use this set! I would love to share this on my blog for 'My Crafty Friends Monday' (a round up of amazing cards from amazing stampers!)! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn't share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).

    1. Thanks Josee. Yes of course that's fine with a link back - I'm flattered! :)

  2. I am very new . I have some stamp pads and would like more in beautiful colors. Not sure the ones to buy .i want ones I can use to emboss with and just stamp .can u tell me the ones to use.

    1. Hi Marinda. There are two basic ways you can emboss. 1. You stamp with Versamark ink and use coloured embossing powder. 2. You stamp with coloured ink and use clear embossing powder. Some people say SU's new firm foam pads are suitable for this but I think you get best results with craft ink (such as Stampin' Up!'s Craft White). Alternatively, you can use our ink pads combined with Versamark ink this order: 1. Ink stamp with Versamark. 2. Ink stamp with coloured ink. 3. Stamp onto paper. 4. Sprinkle with powder. 5. Heat. Clean stamp before repeating to avoid contaminating the Versamark pad. I think I have a blog post on this but don't have time to find it right now as I'm between classes. But I hope this helps.


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